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....
"Truth more unbelivable than fiction"
The Black Count is the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography written by author Tom Reiss. The book traces the life of Thomas-Alexandre Davy de la Pailleterie, also known as Alexandre Dumas: a black general who fought in the French Revolution. The narrative is told through historical documents as well as writings of Dumas' son, the novelist Alexandre Dumas, who wrote The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo.
Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Biography. Who was the real Count of Monte Cristo? In this extraordinary biography, Tom Reiss traces the almost unbelievable life of the man who inspired not only Monte Cristo, but all three of the Musketeers: the novelist's own father. Born in St Dominigue in 1762, the son of a French nobleman and a sugar plantation slave, General Alexandre Dumas did not have an auspicious start in life.
"Story of the original musketeer!"
Andy Borowitz was here last week with friends Susie Essman, Hendrik Hertzberg, Calvin Trillin and surprise guest Lewis Black, for his Countdown to Election 2012. Before the panel took the stage, Borowitz performed a monologue on stage that had the audience, and his panel guests, in stitches.
Best-selling author Tom Reiss (The Orientalist) shines a light on the father of the world-famous French writer Alexander Dumas in his book The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo. In celebration of Black History Month, Reiss shares with Bob the life of this remarkable man, highlighting what he calls “the forgotten story” of the world’s first civil rights movement.