Here's a short list of books I put together that I think represent the case for atheism very well.
Any atheist that is serious about his/her lack of faith should read at least some of these books. They aren't light reading though. But I've found that as I read these, I tended to read them faster and faster as they are such damn good books.
Being an atheist is easy but being informed about it and being able to defend it well are important things. We can learn a lot from these authors though. They're leading the charge.

Richard Dawkins

The Blind Watchmaker
The God Delusion


Christopher Hitchens

god is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

Sam Harris

The End of Faith
Letter To A Chrisitan Nation


Daniel Dennet

Breaking the Spell: Religion As A Natural Phenomenon

Victor J. Stenger

God: The Failed Hypothesis

Michael Shermer

Why People Believe Weird Things: Psuedoscience, Superstition, and Other Confusions of Our Time
Why Darwin Matters: The Case Against Intelligent Design
The Science of Good and Evil: Why People Cheat, Gossip, Care, Share, and Follow the Golden Rule


John Allen Paulos

Irreligion: A Mathematician Explains Why the Arguments for God Just Don't Add Up

I know I'm probably missing some good ones. Any suggestions?

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Comment by Aggiememenon on September 12, 2009 at 8:58am
Then there's also the classic (1979) by George H. Smith; _Atheism: The Case Against God_ and Bertrand Russell's _Why I am Not A Christian_ (1957).
Comment by Reverend Slim / Michael Ham on August 4, 2008 at 9:05am
May I suggest the book "The Stillborn God" by Mark Lilla? This book offers a look at the development of religion(s) and religion's interwoven association and influence with politics...from a historical perspective.
Comment by Humanticles on July 30, 2008 at 11:20pm
Another excellent book by Michel Onfray is In Defense of Atheism.
Comment by Фелч Гроган on July 30, 2008 at 10:19pm
Bare-knuckle atheism - The Atheist Manifesto, Michel Onfray. This guy rocks.
Comment by Justin on July 30, 2008 at 7:38pm
Thanks for this list... Now I've finally got some direction for my summer reading.

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