It has been 3 weeks since I posted my online poll for the best non-fiction books of all time. I have received some good responses so far. I have received several suggestions for books that I may have missed. I have added most of these suggestions and the number of options has increased from 100 to 110.
I rejected the suggestion of Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand as it is a novel and the suggestion of The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State by Fredrick Engels as I have limited the list to one author per book. He is already listed as an author of the Communist Manifesto with Karl Marx. This is done to help ensure diversity of the list, not for political purposes. I added books by Latin American (such as Eduardo Galeano) and African (Nelson Mandela) authors to improve geographic diversity. I have added two women authors, Rosa Luxembourg and Jane Goodall, as another diversity enhancement to the list.
The line between fiction and nonfiction can be a blurry one. The two broad categories of books can feed off each other. Sherlock Holmes novels helped revolutionize how crime fighting is done. Sigmund Freud's ideas on the subconscious mind have influenced everyone from Sesame Street to Woody Allen. Religious texts such as the Bible and the Quran are excluded because they are often a matter of faith rather than fact. In my last post I promoted fiction authors that I know. This time I will feature nonfiction authors that I know.