Tuesday, October 2, 2007

"The Dead Guy Interviews"

New from Penguin Books: The Dead Guy Interviews: Conversations with 45 of the Most Accomplished, Notorious, and Deceased Personalities in History by Michael A. Stusser.

About the book, from the publisher:

The interviewees in this irreverent book may not have a pulse, but, boy, can they talk!

Ever wanted to ask Nostradamus for the winning lotto numbers or van Gogh about the whole ear episode? How about Napoleon about his complex, or if Frida might consider a brow wax? In The Dead Guy Interviews, journalist Michael Stusser has created forty-five interviews with some of the most famous personalities of all time, asking them probing questions about their lives, accomplishments, and what’s on their iPods. Based on his column in the acclaimed magazine mental_floss, this collection of conversations is incredibly funny, but each interview is also based on serious research, so in addition to laughing, readers actually learn real history.

The Dead Guy Interviews includes discussions with:
Alexander the Great
Napoléon Bonaparte
Julius Caesar
George Washington
Catherine the Great
Winston Churchill
Crazy Horse
Salvador Dalí
Charles Darwin
Emily Dickinson
Albert Einstein
Benjamin Franklin
Sigmund Freud
Genghis Khan
Vincent van Gogh
Henry VIII
J. Edgar Hoover
Harry Houdini
Thomas Jefferson
Joan of Arc
Robert Johnson
Frida Kahlo
Leonardo da Vinci
Abraham Lincoln
Mao Tse-tung
Karl Marx
Edgar Allan Poe
William Shakespeare
Sun Tzu
Mae West
Oscar Wilde