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