The team behind the New York Times bestseller The Book of General Ignorance turns conventional biography on its headâ€”and shakes out the good stuff.Â Following their Herculeanâ€”or is it Sisyphean?â€”efforts to save the living from ignorance, the two wittiest Johns in the English language turn their attention to the dead.Â As the authors themselves say, â€śThe first thing that strikes you about the Dead is just how many of them there are.â€ť Helpfully, Lloyd and Mitchinson have employed a simpleâ€”but ruthlessâ€”criterion for inclusion: the dead person has to be interesting.Â Here, then, is a dictionary of the dead, an encyclopedia of the embalmed. Ludicrous in scope, whimsical in its arrangement, this wildly entertaining tome presents pithy and provocative biographies of the no-longer-living from the famous to the undeservedly andâ€”until nowâ€”permanently obscure. Spades in hand, Lloyd and Mitchinson have dug up everything embarrassing, fascinating, and downright weird about their subjectsâ€™ lives and added their own uniquely irreverent observations.Â Organized by capricious categoriesâ€”such as dead people who died virgins, who kept pet monkeys, who lost limbs, whose corpses refused to stay putâ€”the dearly departed, from the inventor of the stove to a cross-dressing, bear-baiting female gangster finally receive the epitaphs they truly deserve.Â Discover:* Why Freud had a lifelong fear of trains* The one thing that really made Isaac Newton laugh* How Catherine the Great really died (no horse was involved)Â Much like the country doctor who cured smallpox (heâ€™s in here), Lloyd and Mitchinson have the perfect antidote for anyone out there dying of boredom. The Book of the Deadâ€”like life itselfâ€”is hilarious, tragic, bizarre, and amazing. You may never pass a graveyard again without chuckling.