The Black Count

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Tom Reiss tells the true story of the real Count of Monte Cristo. The Black Count tells the story of General Alex Dumas, who was the son of a black slave in Saint-Domingue (now Haiti), and rose higher in the white world than any man of his race would before our own time.


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Comments [4]

I wanted to read this book ever since I heard this segment. Almost a year later. I finally started reading The Black Count with my son.

Sep. 25 2013 05:49 PM
Elle from Brooklyn

Fascinating story - dying to read it.

Oct. 02 2012 12:59 PM
Laura from UWS

Did he speak aristocratic French, like his father?
This would have helped his social promotion in France.

GREAT segment!!! Thanks

Oct. 02 2012 12:49 PM

Use of the historical present is pretentious and confusing.

Oct. 02 2012 12:49 PM

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