Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Dead Guy Interviews

Title/Author: The Dead Guy Interviews by MIchael A. Stusser.

Genre: History/Humor.

Publisher: Penguin Books.

Source: Borrowed.

Favorite character: Harry Houdini, Edgar Allen Poe, Mae West, William Shakespeare.

All in all: A fun, interesting and eye opening book.

If you could interview a famous person from history who would it be? Author Michael Stusser didn’t have to choose. He reached into his imagination and created what he thought a sit down with some of the world’s most famous and notorious people would be like. Each interview was only a few pages and they were easy to read, fun and humorous. I also learned quite a bit of interesting tidbits about these figures, not to mention history. The biggest surprise to me was Genghis Khan.  Although he was a fierce warrior he also outlawed kidnapping, torture and abolished the sale of women.  It is easy to see that Stusser researched these figures well yet also humanized them which brought them to life.  If history was taught this way instead of dry narrative text, I think I would have done much better in school.

I hope the author does more of these. My suggestion: Horror movie icons.

5 out of 5 stars.


Jenny said...

What a fun and interesting idea! And an entertaining way to present historical facts that people might not know. I agree, if this is the way it was taught in school, I might remember more than I do currently:)

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