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Tom Reiss (born May 5, 1964) is an American author, historian, and journalist. He grew up in New York City and graduated from Harvard University in 1987. Reiss is the author of three nonfiction books, the latest of which is The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte mostrar mais 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. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

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Ali and Nino (1937) — Posfácio, algumas edições958 cópias
Blood and Oil in the Orient (1929) — Editor, algumas edições; Posfácio, algumas edições29 cópias


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I found this interesting for the perspective it gave as to why one might not have chosen to left Germany as the Nazi's rose to power.
The Jewish Orientalist is left to choose between the bolshevik's, after seeing them mow people down in the streets and empty his home town and the Nazi's, who seem to promise order and peace.
Then, when that doesn't work out, he flees to the fascists, again seeking order and peace.
An interesting if tragic life
cspiwak | outras 21 resenhas | Mar 6, 2024 |
Has some great history and his story is very exciting until he settles down in Germany. It gets kind of boring when it discusses the German literary scene. I liked the history parts and when he was young and on the run.
CMDoherty | outras 21 resenhas | Oct 3, 2023 |
Having just finished The Count of Monte Cristo, I really wanted to like this book. But I just couldn't. The author has some very thin material as sources for his main subject, so fills out the rest of the book with information about the time in which Alex Dumas lived. Unfortunately, I can't trust the author due to a combination of inaccuracies, unsupported opinions expressed as facts, and incomplete readings of contemporary authors.

One example: he states without any supporting evidence that, "France had long been known as the first Christian country in Europe." I can only ask, by whom? By people who don't consider Armenia, the first officially Christian country in the world in 301CE, a European country? (Geographically, this is an arguable point.) Or maybe by people who don't consider the Roman Empire, which converted to Christianity shortly after Constantine converted in 312 CE, a European country? If he's referring to the Merovingians in Gaul, they didn't appear as a major factor until the 5th century CE, and weren't Christian until after the conversion of Clovis I in 496 CE, over 150 years after the Roman Empire was officially Christian.

He also tries to support his thesis that post-Revolutionary France was widely anti-slavery by quoting the first line from Rousseau's The Social Contract: “Man is born free but is everywhere in chains.” I think perhaps he didn't read much past the first sentence, as this quote has nothing whatsoever to do with literal racial slavery. Rousseau was talking about all people, who are born as free individuals in a natural state of freedom, but become subject to laws they had no part in creating or agreeing to. It speaks to the condition of all humanity, not just literally enslaved people.

There are many more of these examples, but I won't go on. Between historical inaccuracies and incomplete readings of the material he quotes, this just isn't a history that should be trusted.
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rumbledethumps | outras 109 resenhas | Jun 26, 2023 |
Alexandre Dumas (of "The Three Musketeers" and "The Count of Monte Cristo" fame) had a Black father whose real life adventures were far more interesting than the plots of any of the son's novels -- including arriving in France in the eve of the French Revolution, going from private to general in the army in record time, outshining Napoleon wherever he went (in Egypt, everyone assumed he was Napoleon, not that short, thin, sickly fellow standing next to him) and having enough swashbuckling adventures to outshine previous and subsequent generations.

A great biography that put into context much of the French Revolution, its idealism, its excesses, the institutions that it started, and its betrayal at the hands of Napoleon.
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Ricardo_das_Neves | outras 109 resenhas | Jan 14, 2023 |



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