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"
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.