The Dead Guy Interviews: Conversations with 45 of the Most Accomplished, Notorious, and Deceased Personalities in History

The Dead Guy Interviews: Conversations with 45 of the Most Accomplished, Notorious, and Deceased Personalities in History

Michael A. Stusser / Sep 19, 2019

The Dead Guy Interviews Conversations with of the Most Accomplished Notorious and Deceased Personalities in History 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 Na

  • Title: The Dead Guy Interviews: Conversations with 45 of the Most Accomplished, Notorious, and Deceased Personalities in History
  • Author: Michael A. Stusser
  • ISBN: 9780143112273
  • Page: 459
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 theThe 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 Beethoven Napol on Bonaparte Buddha Julius Caesar Caligula George Washington Carver Catherine the Great Winston Churchill Cleopatra Confucius Crazy Horse Salvador Dal 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 Michelangelo Montezuma Mozart Nostradamus Edgar Allan Poe William Shakespeare Sun Tzu Mae West Oscar Wilde

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      • Michael A. Stusser

        Michael A Stusser is a Seattle based free lance writer and game inventor His Accidental Parent column ParentMap magazine recently won the prestigious Gold Award at the Parents Publication Awards, and his Dead Guy Interviews Mental Floss magazine will be released by Penguin Publishing in 2007 Stusser is a contributing writer for Seattle Magazine and his work is frequently published by Law Politics, Yoga International, Travel Magazine and the New York Times Syndicate Stusser is also the co author of The Doonesbury Game with Garry Trudeau Best Party Game of the Year by GAMES Magazine , and EARTHALERT, The Active Environmental Game Parent s Choice award winner His most recent board game, Hear Me Out, was launched at Starbucks in 2004 and is available at toy stores worldwide Along with playwright Michael Neff, Stusser is the author of the screenplays for Tabloid News and Freak Show His educational television series, Twisted Scholar, has been optioned by Nickelodeon Stusser has been a featured playwright in 14 48 The World s Shortest Theatre Festival His most recent play, Call Waiting, was produced at The Seattle Fringe Festival, and featured in American Theatre magazine Other plays include The Real World, nominated as Best of the Fest at The New City s Playwrights Festival 1994 , and Check Out 2002 , and Houses in the Fields 2007.Stusser brings an out of the box approach to communications, activism and message, and his ideas promote collaboration, world vision, and achievement Beginning in the environmental movement at the University of California at Berkeley BA 1986 , Stusser has worked as a political organizer and lobbyist for the Public Interest Research Groups CalPIRG, MASSPIRG and USPIRG , Greenpeace and Rock the Environment He was a CORO Fellow graduate in Los Angeles in 1989.The through line in Stusser s work is a desire to find new ways to increase dialogue about the critical issues of our times, empower individuals to make change, and, ultimately, take back the democratic process And if they crack up along the way, even better


    763 Comments

    1. I found this book thanks to an ad in Mental Floss magazine, and I thought the concept was really interesting. Since reading this, I've seen similar books devoted to the idea that the author sits down and interviews a famous person from history.This one was an easy read in the sense that it's another collection of vignettes that can be read one at a time, and you don't have to worry about how they all mesh together. Some of the historical personalities I didn't care for, and others had phonetic s [...]



    2. The premise of this book is that the author "interviews" a number of famous people, now dead, about their lives as a pretext for summing up what made these people so famous, giving them a chance to clear up a few misconceptions in the process. Each interview is about 2-3 pages, and the subjects range from all walks of life, from ancient history (Ghengis Kahn, Alexander the Great) to science (George Washington Carver, Albert Einstein) to literature (Emily Dickenson, Shakespeare) to politics (Wins [...]


    3. A quick, light read by mentalfloss author Michael Stusser. The conceit is that Stusser is 'interviewing' historical figures, all of whom speak in an odd, self-aware modern American patter with occasional fake accents. The 'interviews' allow Stusser to give a quick verbal sketch of each character's life, plus lots of jokes.The book is a weirdly heroic attempt to package up some history with humor, but it didn't quite work for me. As history, it barely scratches the surface. The jokes are fun but [...]


    4. The Dead Guy Interviews: Conversations with 45 of the Most Accomplished, Notorious, and Deceased Personalities in History is an interesting look at some of history's famous people. A bit boring and silly at times, and as other reviewers said the writing to reflect accents etc. got annoying. But if you are bored and one some small interesting tid-bits of history go for it.


    5. In theory, I would have loved this book.However, it was terrible. Not even worth reading through to the end. Stusser pretty much lost all my respect when, in the Beethoven chapter, he wrote "It is said that Beethoven was the transitional figure between the classical and romantic eras of musical history - whatever the hell that mean." Really?! This is supposed to be an educational and informative book, and instead of, you know, trying to educate, the best you can do is put "whatever the hell that [...]


    6. The format of the book is a one page biography type overview of the person, followed by a present day fictionalized interview between the dead person and the author, Michael Stusser. So you can pick this up, read a couple, come back to it later, read a couple more, etc, without losing your train of thought. The author was pretty inventive in writing the interviews and I actually learned some things by reading the bios. Overall, I enjoyed the book.


    7. An interesting concept interviews with famous dead people. As interesting as the concept is it's difficult to read straight through. I suggest having The Dead Guy Interviews on your night stand and reading random interviews when the fancy strikes. I would be interested to know how historically accurate the information is as I could see using bits and pieces to introduce different units or as part of instruction.


    8. It was a humorous way to discuss some of the important historical figures. It is written for a young adult audience, but I stilll learned from it. I have always had trouble remembering people and dates in history and the way the information was presented assisted me in being able to retain the information.


    9. On the one hand, this is both funny and surprisingly instructive. On the other hand, I disliked how the interview subjects from foreign countries said "zem" and "ziss", and how Crazy Horse didn't use pronouns or articles. A few of these at a time go a long way.


    10. The author should have "interviewed" half the subjects in more depth. After the first five, this was very predictable and repetitive. This is possibly a good vehicle for teaching history to a twelve-year-old, but didn't do much for me.


    11. Interesting premise. Guy magically interviews dead people. Somehow they all know English and sometimes, sometimes not know about current events. Not really sure some of them spoke perfect English and others came back talking in an accent.


    12. There were times when it was amusing, and there were times that I felt like I'm just reading a series of biographies off the net. Though it was nice "meeting" some historical figures I'm not acquainted with, and knowing America's Founding Founders and why they were so great.


    13. Full of facts, highly irreverent, and thoroughly entertaininga great book to keep on hand for those times when you want to read, but don't have a large amount of time to do soe interviews can be read separately in just a few minutes apiece.


    14. It was OK, but I gave up partway through. Clever idea, just not interesting enough to keep my attention very long. I'd say it might be good for teen readers, but there's some mildly racy content (not obscene or anything, just talk of historical figures' sexual escapades in a funny/euphemistic way).





    15. It was a boring book. I thought is was going to be much funnier(it was in the comedy section) but it was just the same stuff over and over again.


    16. I got a quick history lesson and learned some things I ignored in school! Really! This is a fun and educational book :-)


    17. Interesting people Stusser decided to interview. The read got tedious,,,he tried for too much humor, which I didn't think was funny.


    18. Not everyone in our book club enjoyed this book - but I really like it! A fun twist on what some of these interesting historical figures may have really been thinking! A fun read!





    19. My gut tells me that the scholarship derives from the Encyclopedia Britanica, but as far as a quick read to take on an airplane or more morning bus commute, it did its job.




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