Tom Reiss (born May 5, 1964) is an American author, historian, and journalist. He is the author of three nonfiction books, the latest of which is The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo (2012), which received the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography. His previous books are Führer-Ex: Memoirs of a Former Neo-Nazi (1996), the first inside exposé of the European neo-Nazi movement; and The Orientalist: Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life (2005), which became an international bestseller. As a journalist, Reiss has written for The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times.
This book won author Tom Reiss a Pulitzer and floored audiences when he gained access to never-before-seen documents showing the extent to which Alexandre Dumas’ famous stories, from The Three Musketeers to The Count of Monte Cristo, are based on the life of his father: a slave who inherited the title of Count from his aristocrat father, trained to fight under the best swordsman in Europe, launched successful military campaigns across across several continents, and was unjustly imprisoned.
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