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.
Once the generations of Dumas are understood the book is quite interesting. Getting past the first quarter of the book is a challenge.
I have always loved the Count of Monte Cristo and other stories of Alexander Dumas which is what attracted me to this book. This a fabulous book about his father's unbelievable life and his place in French history...a story that has not been told. Reading about his father's life, you can see the inspiration for Dumas' stories. I highly recommend it!
Books about other great heroes of the Revolutionary period such as George Washington. Also, great men who have faced tremendous opposition and yet thrived in their leadership such as Abraham Lincoln or Martin Luther King.
The depth of his research in phenomenal. As I listened to the places he visited I tried to make note of them so that I can visit myself. I will buy the hard copy just for this purpose
I don't want to be a spoiler, but I was very very saddened by the lack of recognition this hero of the French Revolution even today
You don't have to be an Alexander Dumas fan to appreciate this book. The novel stands on its own as a great piece of history.
The life of General Alex Dumas is by far the most interesting true life story I have ever come across. Written very well and voiced perfectly. I'm actually going to listen from the beginning again after this review.
Reiss shines a light on the life of a man who should not have been forgotten. General Alexandre Dumas, the father of the famous author, was born into slavery yet rose to one of the highest ranks in the French army only to fall to the depths of obscurity when the egalitarian values of the Republic were overturned by Napoleon. It should be required reading.
Very interesting portrait of a little known hero of france during a critical time of european history. The biography and the setting of his life were both fascinating to any student of history.