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

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

This biography of Alexandre Dumas’s father delivers everything promised in the title and more. Come for the fascinating life of a former slave turned aristocrat turned French Revolution war hero, stay for the equally fascinating (and horrific and depressing) overview of how France sort of managed to create an equal-ish society, changed its mind, got itself a despot, and seriously f***ed over its citizens of color, black people in particular.