The son of a nobleman and a slave, General Alexandre Dumas was a black man who rose, in a world of whites, to command entire armies. Reknowned for his strength, swordmanship, bravery and pulling victory out of the toughest situations he was feared by the enemy and loved by his men. He once fought three duals in a day.
Born in 1964, Tom Reiss is an American author and journalist who lives in New York. He is the author of The Orientalist, an acclaimed biography of Lev Nussimbaum (aka Kurban Said) which was shortlisted for the 2006 Samuel Johnson Prize. The Black Count is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography 2013.