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The Dead Guy Interviews
by Michael A. Stusser   

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Publisher:  Penguin ISBN-10:  0143112279 Type: 


Copyright:  September 15, 2007 ISBN-13:  9780143112273

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Conversations with 45 of the Most Accomplished, Notorious and Deceased Personalities in History

The Dead Guy Interviews
Michael A. Stusser

Some people see dead people. This guy interviews them…In depth, one at a time, no pulled punches (though there are several punch lines), knock-down, drag out, tête-à-têtes with Lincoln, da Vinci, Genghis Khan (no relation to Chaka, apparently), Cleopatra, and a whole host of famous dead guys (and gals) throughout history.

Ever wanted to ask Nostradamus for the winning lotto numbers or Napoleon about his complex? How about Van Gogh about the whole ear episode, or if Frida might consider a brow wax? Here’s your chance! In The Dead Guy Interviews, you’ll get dating tips from Henry the VIIIth, a palm reading from Confucius, some couch time with Freud, the real scoop on where Amelia Earhart landed, and if George Washington actually inhaled. The discussion about Hoover’s cross-dressing doesn’t go so well…though Caesar is much more jovial than you might imagine…considering.

The concept of the "Dead Guy Interviews" came out of one living guy’s desire to "talk" with fascinating historical figures who, in addition to being dead, weren't giving out interviews during their lifetimes - sometimes due to difficult surroundings (Montezuma, Helen Keller), or just because they had lousy PR agents (Mussolini, Caligula, etc.). Edutainment, you'd call it, but with a little theatre and pop-off pop-culture thrown in for good measure. It's how we get away with asking Alexander the Great who he’d have preferred play him in the movie, Mozart’s take on “American Idol” and Catherine the Great about her sex life. (For the record, she insists, “I did not, have, sex, with that horse.”)

The interviews are historical, hysterical, and great conversational fodder. If you ever wondered what it would be like to have dinner with anyone in history - now you’ll know…


In The Dead Guy Interviews (Penguin), a modern-day journalist chats with45 of the most famous (and deceased) personalities of all-time, asking them probing and illuminating questions about their lives, accomplishments, and what’s on their iPods.

Professional Reviews

Ken Jennings
As Jeopardy genius Ken Jennings puts it, "Stusser's The Dead Guy Interviews is a funny, educational way to get to know almost fifty of history's late greats. Finally, a way to talk to the dead without all that tedious messing around with seances or grave robbery!"

mental_floss review
“Michael Stusser’s ingenious ability to bring historical figures to life falls somewhere between brilliant writing and method acting. Or perhaps even necrophilia. Who knows. Point is, The Dead Guy Interviews is both wildly educational (yes, it’s possible) and wickedly entertaining.”
—Neely Harris, Editor-in-Chief mental_floss magazine

Jess Walters
“The Dead Guy Interviews are as smart as they are funny--wry, incisive and outrageous, this book is proof of what some of us have known for a long time: Michael Stusser has a real way with the dead.”
--Jess Walter, author of The Zero, 2006 National Book Award finalist

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