The Black Count {Book Review}


Published Date: May 14, 2013 {paperback}
Publisher: Broadway Books
Author: Tom Reiss
Pages: 432
Genres: Biography, Non-fiction, History

You can view the summary for The Black Count here.

I loved the idea behind this book, I appreciate the effort that Tom Reiss went through, this was extremely well written and I have no desire to recommend this to any of my reader buddies {unless one of you is into history books with a little bit of interesting sprinkled in or biographies with only a little bio in it}.

Tom Reiss took what little documents he had about General Alex Dumas and turned it into a nearly 400 page book. Folks, there wasn’t enough info to make it a book all about General Dumas. The book should’ve been called The Black Count: Some info about the real dude based on his son’s memoirs and some letters in a safe, the rest is a history lesson on French aristocrats, slavery, France’s stance on slavery, and the beginning of the French Revolution. Oh and French politics!

My bad for picking this up without reading anything on it. That’s what I get for judging books by their covers and their titles…you get stuck reading a history text book.

For those who know me, I love history and historical fiction. I loved finding similarities between General Dumas’ real life events and characters/events from Alexandre Dumas’ The Three Muskateers and The Count of Monte Cristo. No doubt this man’s real life was hella more interesting than this book. No offense, Mr. Reiss. {none taken, of that I’m sure…dude won the Pulitzer for this jem}


3 thoughts on “The Black Count {Book Review}

  1. I’m sorry that you didn’t like the book. History books can be good or they can be boring. I like the kind that has short articles and pictures. You know, the ones for kids. haha!

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