Glory, revolution, betrayal and the real Count of Monte Cristo
Author: Tom Reiss
Publisher: Random House
Category: Biography & Autobiography
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR BIOGRAPHY 2013 ‘Completely absorbing’ Amanda Foreman 'Enthralling’ Guardian ‘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’ Daily Mail 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. ‘Entrances from first to last. Dumas the novelist would be proud’ Independent ‘Brilliant’ Glasgow Herald
This book is an anthology of gothic romantic and dark fantasy aesthetics. For those who like to imagine themselves taking solitary walks through empty corridors and ruins of gothic cathedrals this is the ideal escape. Read the tales of a solitary figure living in a dark world and explore his realm.
Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo
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The Black Count by Tom Reiss | A 15-minute Summary & Analysis Preview: The Black Count is the Pulitzer Prize winning biography written by author Tom Reiss. The book traces the life of Thomas-Alexandre Davy de la Pailleterie, also known as Alexandre Dumas, a black general who fought in the French Revolution. The narrative is told through historical documents as well as writings of Dumas’ son, the novelist Alexandre Dumas, who wrote The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo. Dumas was born in 1762 in the Saint-Domingue French sugar colony, modern day Haiti. His father, Alexandre Antoine Davy de la Pailleterie, was a French nobleman who became a marquis. After establishing a Jeremie coffee plantation in the 1750s, he purchased a slave named Marie Cessette and they had four children together. Antoine sold his wife and children into slavery, but pawned his favorite son, Dumas, and, in August of 1776, redeemed him. Dumas and Antoine moved to Saint-Germain-en-Laye, a small city west of Paris… PLEASE NOTE: This is an unofficial summary and analysis of the book and NOT the original book. Inside this Instaread Summary & Analysis of The Black Count: • Summary of entire book • Introduction to the Important People in the book • Analysis of the Themes and Author’s Style
"What's come over me? I sit all alone in this dark desolate castle with no one to talk too. I find myself overcome with fear of leaving this dark place to see the outside world. I've been cooped up inside these castle walls for so many years. I can't remember what day it was, let alone the year. I feel so safe in my castle. Besides, what could this world have to offer me anyway?" said Count Drac Von Stoller to himself. Count Drac Von Stoller recalled the happy years when he had a beautiful wife named Marie. However, an unfortunate illness took her at such a young age. The Count never fully recovered from her death. Now the Count spends his lonely days inside his castle thinking of his beautiful wife Marie and stares at her portrait on the wall in the study, talking directly at the painting as though she can hear what he's saying. One night when the Count was reading a book on ghosts, he caught a glimpse of something in the corner of his eye that frightened the willies out of him. It was a black cat with blazing red eyes. The Count brushed it off as just his mind playing tricks on him. The cat leaped from the window sill onto the ground, and headed to the front door of the castle.
War comes to Malzaria in the epic conclusion to The Skullborn Trilogy. Deep in the Bonelands, rival crime guilds and renegade Bloodspeakers battle for the ruined city of Corinth. At the heart of the doomed metropolis lies a portal to Chul Gaerog, once the Blood Queen's dark fortress, now a reliquary for her vast power. Human armies clash with the monstrous legions of the black giant Ghul for control of Malzaria's fate, while the dreaded Iron Count and his frightful allies manipulate events from the shadows. And in the heart of the black tower, the dream witch Ijanna Taivorkan comes face-to-face with the dark angel Calladar, once the Blood Queen's champion, now master of the citadel. Only the fallen knight Azander Dane, desperate to make amends for his crimes, can help Ijanna endure her trials...but first he must face the wrath of a merciless squad of Jlantrian hunters sent to destroy the woman he's sworn to protect. Return to a world of dark magic, tainted heroes and evil plots in this action-packed sequel to City of Scars and Path of Bones.
Most Americans see the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 as the culmination of the civil rights movement. When the law was enacted, black voter registration in Mississippi soared. Few black candidates won office, however. In this book, Frank Parker describes black Mississippians' battle for meaningful voting rights, bringing the story up to 1986, when Mike Espy was elected as Mississippi's first black member of Congress in this century. To nullify the impact of the black vote, white Mississippi devised a political "massive resistance" strategy, adopting such disenfranchising devices as at-large elections, racial gerrymandering, making elective offices appointive, and revising the qualifications for candidates for public office. As legal challenges to these mechanisms mounted, Mississippi once again became the testing ground for deciding whether the promises of the Fifteenth Amendment would be fulfilled, and Parker describes the court battles that ensued until black voters obtained relief.
Increase your awareness of the concerns facing the black disabled community! Disability and the Black Community addresses physical, mental, and learning disabilities experienced across age, gender, and ethics groups by the black race in the United States. This unique book works to increase understanding and awareness of those working with the disabled by mobilizing advocates, providing alternatives for successful intervention and planning, and encouraging research in disability and rehabilitation. A distinguished panel of researchers and practitioners provide commentary on topics that include selected physical disabilities, disabled children learning and program concerns, welfare reform, public housing issues, domestic violence, and disability curriculum content—all in accordance with the broadening of the definition of disability as supported by the American Disabilities Act. Disability and the Black Community raises the level of understanding and awareness of the complex and diverse concerns facing the disabled and their families in the community and the workplace. The book is at once motivational, influential, and empowering, examining social and political issues that compound the ordeals confronting the black disabled. Topics addressed include: learning disabilities, academic achievements, and mental health issues of children health disparities and access to care welfare reform, disability, and race practice, program, and curriculum models and much more! Disability and the Black Community is an essential resource for health professionals and advocates who work with the black disabled. The book keeps practitioners up to date on what is needed in terms of funding, facilities, and resources in order to keep the larger society and significant resource systems appraised of the needs of the disabled.
Marvelous treasury of card magic presents exact details of 155 professional card tricks that anyone can learn. Card wizard John Scarne reworked these tricks to eliminate the need for sleight-of-hand. Simple instructions and clear diagrams illustrate Houdini's "Card on the Ceiling," Blackstone's "Card Trick Without Cards," Milton Berle's "Quickie Card Deal," more.