An compelling listen that pairs extremely well with the Revolutions Podcast segments on the French and Haitian Revolutions.
Having previously only been vaguely aware of details regarding the French Revolution, The Black Count provided a helpful primer about the vast and deeply dark period in France. The author did well, however, to elevate the(few) good accomplishments of the Revolution.
General Dumas lived before my minds eye and I felt outrage as the epilogue revealed the last and ongoing betrayal perpetrated against the heroic and dedicated republican of France.
Anyone that enjoys a well woven tail, especially historically intriguing, will revel in the tale of General Dumas.
Through this outstanding story I learned about the French colony (modern day Haiti), the French Revolution, the Terror, invasion of Egypt, and the incredible injustice to the courageous, loyal General Dumas. Thank you. I completely enjoyed it.
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.