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The Black Count : glory, revolution, betrayal, and the real Count of Monte Cristo

Author: Tom Reiss; Paul Michael, (Actor)
Publisher: [New York] : Books on Tape, 2012.
Edition/Format:   eAudiobook : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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By the author of the internationally bestselling biography The Orientalist, The Black Count brings to life one of history's great forgotten heroes: a man almost unknown today yet with a personal story that is strikingly familiar. His swashbuckling exploits appear in The Three Musketeers, and his triumphs and ultimate tragic fate inspired The Count of Monte Cristo. His name is Alex Dumas. Father of the novelist  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Audiobooks
Downloadable audio books
Biography
Military history
Additional Physical Format: Source record:
Reiss, Tom.
Black count, the: glory, revolution, betrayal, and the real count of monte cristo.
[United States] : Random House, 2012
(OCoLC)803898995
Named Person: Thomas Alexandre Dumas; Alexandre Dumas; Alexandre Dumas; Thomas Alexandre Dumas
Material Type: Biography, Audio book, etc., Sound recording, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Tom Reiss; Paul Michael, (Actor)
ISBN: 9780449012703 0449012700
OCLC Number: 811847482
Notes: Downloadable audio file.
Unabridged.
Duration: 13:30:25.
Performer(s): Read by Paul Michael.
Description: 1 sound file (13 hr., 30 min., 25 sec.) : digital.
Details: Requires OverDrive Media Console (WMA file size: 194109 KB).; Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Responsibility: Tom Reiss.

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By the author of the internationally bestselling biography The Orientalist, The Black Count brings to life one of history's great forgotten heroes: a man almost unknown today yet with a personal story that is strikingly familiar. His swashbuckling exploits appear in The Three Musketeers, and his triumphs and ultimate tragic fate inspired The Count of Monte Cristo. His name is Alex Dumas. Father of the novelist Alexandre Dumas, Alex 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 that secured the Alps for France. It was after his subsequent heroic service as Napoleon's cavalry commander that Dumas was captured and cast into a dungeon--and a harrowing ordeal commenced that inspired one of the world's classic works of fiction. The Black Count is simultaneously a riveting adventure story, a lushly textured evocation of 18th-century France, and a window into the modern world's first multi-racial society. But it is also a heartbreaking story of the enduring bonds of love between a father and son.

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