The coalition of tyrants will learn that they are loathed equally by men of all colors.
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Remember that what has once been done may be done again.
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Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers were inspired by the life of his father, Alexandre. However, Alexandre Sr. was not just a handsome swashbuckler or a vengeful former prisoner
. The boy who came from Haiti to France as “slave Alexandre” in 1776 had, by the age of 32, become commander-in-chief of the French revolutionary army in the Alps, eventually leading 53,000 troops to victory against formidably trained Austrian alpine forces.
Napoleon, much like Hitler with Rommel, eventually became distrustful and probably jealous of his talented, fiercely independent general. Dumas eventually found himself imprisoned in the then-Kingdom of Naples, where he is believed to have been poisoned. He died in poverty a few years after his release.
The first statue of General Dumas was torn down by Hitler’s Nazis, leaving his son’s novels as the best-known legacy of his spirit. He is recognized today as the first highly-ranked black officer in the armed forces of a predominantly white modern nation.
Tom Reiss’ new book, The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo
, tells all. Via Harvard Magazine and 3quarksdaily.