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I just finished this book. I found it ok - but not great.
It is neither fish nor fowl. It's not really a biography, as true details of Dumas life and exploits are few. It appeared to me that the author just couldn't find enough credible information on his subject to give a complete picture.
The main subject becomes race relations in 18th century France, which would be a facinating subject for a book. This book, however, is sort of muddled by pretending to be a biography.
I may have been expecting too much - having finished
Unbroken by Hillenbrand just before I started this. That is a great read.
An interesting book about 18th and 19th century France is:
Dancing to the Precipice: The Life of Lucie de la Tour du Pin, Eyewitness to an Era by Moorehead.
This is a really interestig book about a woman who knew seemingly everyone of import in the era. I highly recomend it - The Black Count - interestin but not a must read
A am 2/3 through this book presently, and loving it. True that much of the historical "fact" for this book comes from the younger Dumas' novels, and for that it is a great swashbuckling read. But the book is interesting enough when you consider how successfully French history books seem to have written off Dumas Sr. and his apparent military contributions.