WINNER OF THE 2013 PULITZER PRIZE FOR BIOGRAPHY. General Alex Dumas is a man almost unknown today, yet his story is strikingly familiar — because his son, the novelist Alexandre Dumas, used his larger-than-life feats as inspiration for such classics as "The Count of Monte Cristo" and "The Three Musketeers." But, hidden behind General Dumas' swashbuckling adventures was an even more incredible secret: He was the son of a Black slave — who rose higher in the White world than any man of his race would before our own time. Born in Saint-Domingue (now Haiti), Alex Dumas made his way to Paris, where he rose to command armies at the height of the Revolution — until he met an implacable enemy he could not defeat. "The Black Count" is simultaneously a riveting adventure story, a lushly textured evocation of 18th-century France and a window into the modern world's first multiracial society.