This is a riveting account of Alexander Dumas' father. If you loved The Count of Monte Cristo or The Three Musketeers or any of Dumas' other works, it is especially interesting to discover the real life people and events that shaped the characters and events in Dumas' novels. Even if you have not read Dumas' works, this book is an fascinating look into France from the mid 1700s through Napoleon. The insights it provides into France's relationship with racial equality are particularly interesting. I highly recommend this book.
Yes...It is a historical treasure
It connects the dots to another book that I appreciate, the Count of Monte Cristo.
Very well researched biography about a man of color during one of the most volatile periods of history. As you listen you will be amazed at how quickly fear and enthusiasm can change views of a whole country.
I loved this book. I learned a lot, and it's definitely a must-read for history lovers. The narrator did a good job. I usually listen to books at 1.75 speed, and his voice came through wonderfully.
After reading "The Count of Monte Cristo", I decided I needed to know more about Alexander Dumas, and French History. This book was perfect. He uses information straight from Alex Dumas' (father) war journals and other historical documents to walk you first hand through the French Revolution and the events surrounding it. Informative, interesting and educational. It's very hard to find books like that and I enjoyed it so much I read it twice...then decided I needed to read more Alexander Dumas!!!
Never did I ever guess that one of my favorite novels of all time was based on true events. This revealing account of a true-life Hercules was all together bittersweet...the dedication of an honorable man and his subsequent betrayal and tragic loss...the lack of knowledge that in our current technological plenty we have no excuse for. We must keep this brave man and others like him alive by celebrating their moment in time to be remembered for all life times to inspire all and to keep us ever vigilant against the unjust treatment of our fellow human beings.
I'm in awe of the author's ability to so thoroughly research Alexander Dumas and this period in time and weave it together in this eloquent and riveting book.
I had read the book and loved it, and got the audio for my husband and I to listen to while taking a road trip. The reader has excellent French accent when pronouncing the French names. As well as reads the entirety beautifully.
The importance of this book is to grasp the scale and perspective of slavery in the 1700's, the political influence of the French Revolution relative to the rest of Europe at that time.
Alexander Dumas should be a hero for humanity, not only for his passionate service to his country, but also for his love of family and his near perfect integrity as a human being. Truly an astonishing man in our history!
A striking and reveting account of the birth of the French republic, the death and rebirth of race laws and the Black French general who lived, fought and died for his country. A tremendous story showing human nature and how soon nations forget their heros
The descriptions of events are wonderful and well acted in the audiobook, even if he is just reading a memoir.
An exciting telling of the life of General Alex Dumas, father of author Alexandre Dumas. Heroism, honor betrayed, battlefield genius, and true love: it's all here. Add to that a man who excels in so many ways in spite of racial injustice. Read it. You'll be glad you did.