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  • Richly detailed, highly researched and completely absorbing... A triumph

    Amanda Foreman
  • Totally thrilling... Brings to life one of history's great forgotten characters

    Simon Sebag Montefiore
  • We believe we know the glories of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. We believe we understand the horror of slavery and the oppression of Africans. But what is the relationship between the grand goal of liberation and the deep tragedy of racism? As Reiss shows us, answers can be found in the extraordinary life of a forgotten French hero of the great revolutionary campaigns - a hero who was black

    Timothy Snyder
  • Tom Reiss can do it all: gather startling research and write inspired prose; find life's great stories and then tell them with real brilliance. In The Black Count the master journalist-storyteller opens the door to the truth behind one of literature's most exciting stories, and opens it wide enough to show the delicate beauty of the lives within

    Strauss, National Book Critics Circle Award winning author of Half a Life and Chang and Eng
  • A terrific story…(Reiss) is to be congratulated for retrieving such a splendid character from the dustbin of history

    Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times
  • A terrific story, every bit as good as one of Dumas’s novels, and Reiss tells it with suitable gusto and swagger

    John Preston, Mail on Sunday
  • A rarefied, intimate literary study delineating a roiling revolutionary era

  • Brilliant… Reiss directs a full scale production that jangles with drawn sabres, trembles with dashing deeds and resonates with the love of a son for a remarkable father

    Hugh MacDonald, Glasgow Herald
  • Fascinating

    Robin’s Reviews
  • Enthralling…a swashbuckling tale

    Nigel Jones, Guardian

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