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Top 5 Atheism books:

1) The Bible. (In my opinion, there exists no better book to convert someone to atheism. I chose the bible since Christianity is the religion of my upbringing, but you can basically insert any “holy book” you want. All of them seemed to be equally filled with superstition, bigotry and nonsense.)

2) The God Delusion, by Richard Dawkins (The book that got me thinking about all of this years ago… the Morpheus to my Neo.)

3) Letter to a Christian Nation, by Sam Harris (If 9-11 wasn’t enough to convince you of the stakes, hopefully Sam can hammer it home for all of you.)

4) God is Not Great, by Christopher Hitchens (In my opinion, the greatest writer and orator of my era. Hitch will forever be my greatest literary hero!)

5) The Magic of Reality, by Richard Dawkins (Note that this is primarily a children’s book, so you won’t find deep philosophical thought or discussions about atheism in here. It will, however, provide you with excellent scientific explanations for many of the world’s wonders, like why the sky is blue, how rainbows form, what evolution is all about, etc. Briefly, I considered listing Sam Harris’ book “The Moral Landscape” as my 5th book, but thought that if someone was going to get 2 books on this list, the great Richard Dawkins was the one who really deserved it. Sam is the man, don’t get me wrong, but when it comes to spreading atheism, there is no greater influencer than a true understanding of science and the world we live in. For this reason, I had to pick Dawkins and this book, which I gave to my nephew on the day of his baptism in the hopes that he would choose science and logic over superstition.)

Top 5 Beer books:

1) The Complete Joy of Homebrewing, by Charlie Papazian (Even if you’re not a homebrewer and have no interest in the hobby, this book is laid back, easy to read, and helps you to appreciate the artwork involved in drinking and brewing delicious beer.)

2) The Brewmasters Table, by Garrett Oliver (As clearly as Hitch writes about religion, Garrett Oliver, brewmaster of Brooklyn Brewery, writes about beer. I know of nobody who talks about beer and food as beautifully as Mr. Oliver.)

3) Great Beer Guide, by Michael Jackson (When beer lovers hear the name Michael Jackson, we think of this guy, not the king of pop.)

4) Great Beers of Belgium, by Michael Jackson (He’s written some awesome books on whiskey too, but to me, this is his masterpiece. And of course, the topic of this book is Belgian beer, which to many of us beer geeks is as good as it gets. Belgium is our Mecca!)

5) Brewed in America, by Stanley Baron (My newest book. At the end of the day, I’m influenced by American beer culture more than anything else. In just a few short chapters so far, Baron has given me such an understanding of how important this beverage was to our country. I’m looking forward to brewing, by way of my own interpretation, some of the colonial-era recipes in here, like George Washington’s porter recipe.)

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