DOPE Father's Day Gift- "BLACK COUNT" by Tom Reiss

My wife is very good at buying good Father's Day gifts. This Father's Day, she surprised me with a copy of Tom Reiss's NY Times Bestseller The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo, which I have wanted BAD since I first heard about it on NPR last fall. 

If that subtitle sounds like puffery, you need to know that this book is about General Thomas-Alexandre Dumas, the son of a black slave (from the colony which became modern day Haiti) and a French nobleman. This black superman became a hero of the French Revolution and a thorn in the side of some guy named Napoleon. Did I mention his son Alexandre Dumas went on to write The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers inspired by his dear old dad? 'Cause he totally did...
Yeah. I know what you're thinking: "Are you saying the dude that wrote The Three Musketeers was black?!?"
Yep.
So anyways, I haven't read the book yet, but I guess you can see why I wanted it. The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo,which recently won a Pulitzer Prize for Biography, is obviously in stores now, so look for it in your favorite book store or click here to order via Amazon.
-samax.  

2 comments:

Ola said...

Thank your wife for me, for loving you so much to buy you such a dope gift that you were generous enough to share with your fans and friends! Lol
I knew about Mr. Dumas, but not about this book! Def copping this!!

samax amen said...

You have NO IDEA how much I wanted this book! I heard about it right after getting laid off, or I would have snapped it up instantly!

Since we never have enough money to do everything, I always put off buying things for myself, so I'm SO thankful to my ladyhalf for buying this for me!

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