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A. Hardison

Mesa, Arizona United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tom Reiss
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
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    Father of the novelist Alexandre Dumas, Alex Dumas has become, through his son's books, the model for a captivating modern protagonist: The wronged man in search of justice. Born to a black slave mother and a fugitive white French nobleman in Saint-Domingue (present-day Haiti), Alex Dumas was briefly sold into bondage but then made his way to Paris where he was schooled as a sword-fighting member of the French aristocracy. He was only 32 when he was given command of 53,000 men, the reward for series of triumphs that many regarded as impossible, and then topped his previous feats by leading a raid up a frozen cliff face....

    Jean says: "Truth more unbelivable than fiction"
    "Amazing account"
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    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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