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

Tom Reiss’ narrative of the life of General Thomas-Alexandre Dumas, the mixed-race son of a Saint-Domingue slave and French nobleman who rose to command revolutionary armies during the French Revolution. Reiss’ book falls under the category of popular history and his prose is extremely engaging for the general public. The Black Count contains original research including previously-unexamined personal papers, Reiss’ acquisition of which makes for a fascinating tale. 

Genre: History