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March 01, 2007

Three Atheist Books on New York Times Best Seller List

Yesterday I received an email from Victor J. Stenger, who said that he had just learned that his book, God: The Failed Hypothesis, has made the New York Times Best Seller list. He doesn't know where it ranks yet, just that it will be on the "extended list" (i.e. the top 35 of hardcover nonfiction). At Amazon.com, it's #292 of all books.

This means that there will be THREE atheist books on the NYT best seller list at the same time:

Aside from it being pretty exciting that there are 3 atheist books on that list, I'm also happy because Victor Stenger will be speaking to our local skeptics group, the Rational Examination Assocation of Lincoln Land (REALL), on June 5. Being able to tell the local newspaper that a "New York Times Best Selling Author" will be speaking to your group sounds like a good way to get ourselves a little bit of publicity!

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skylights

How could you forget Infidel, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, currently on the NYT list? I mean, it's called Infidel, hello? And it's not just in the Islamist "Kill the infidels!" sense. She's a real infidel, discussing in the book her journey from believer to atheist. So, there are four books dealing positively with atheism on the NYT list. It's a miracle! :D

miguel

someone should submit this to fark.

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