The Three Musketeers! The Count of Monte Cristo! The stories of course
are fiction. But here a prize-winning author shows us that the inspiration for
the swashbuckling stories was, in fact, Dumas's own father, Alex - the son
of a marquis and a black slave... He achieved a giddy ascent from private
in the Dragoons to the rank of general; an outsider who had grown up
among slaves, he was all for Liberty and Equality. Alex Dumas was the
stuff of legend'
So how did such this extraordinary man get erased by history? Why are
there no statues of 'Monsieur Humanity' as his troops called him? The
Black Count uncovers what happened and the role Napoleon played in
Dumas's downfall. By walking the same ground as Dumas - from Haiti to
the Pyramids, Paris to the prison cell at Taranto - Reiss, like the novelist
before him, triumphantly resurrects this forgotten hero.