Dom Nozzi’s Best-Ever Writers

The following is my assessment of the best-ever writers I’ve had the pleasure to read. Each of them possesses a fantastic, colorful, entertaining vocabulary (“Send lawyers, guns and money!”). A superb ability to inspire, and compel the reader to continue reading (“I can’t put this book down!”). An effective teacher who clearly and simply illuminates important concepts (“What an epiphany!”). An author who is loved and cherished for many generations — long after their death. A writer who composes terms or words or phrases that become a common cultural means of expressing an important idea (“Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!”).

My list of the best writers of all time:

Hunter S. Thompson

James Howard Kunstler

Noam Chomsky

Erich Fromm

John Kenneth Galbraith

Bertrand Russell

Garrett Hardin

Edward Abbey

Jane Jacobs

Malcolm Gladwell

Karl Marx

John Stuart Mill

George Orwell

Thomas Paine

Ayn Rand

Wilhelm Reich

John M. Robertson

E. F. Schumacher

Upton Sinclair

B.F. Skinner

Dalton Trumbo


I urge you to email me ( or leave a comment if you have a suggested addition or subtraction from this list. Or if you have any other thoughts about this list.


Each list in this blog contains my own personal opinions based on my personal experiences. I acknowledge that there may be a need to add or subtract from these lists (or to create a new subject list), and I welcome such suggestions. The lists are not ordered from higher to lower quality. Each list is a work in progress.

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About Dom Nozzi

Urban designer, Complete Streets instructor, smart growth specialist, town planner, walkable & bikeable streets & trails specialist, writer, editor, speaker, world adventurer, skier, kayaker, SCUBA diver, bicyclist, hiker, dancer, book reader, urbanist. Make my own beer, wine, pasta, bread. Live by the motto that it is the things we do NOT do that we later regret. Life is too short to not live it to the fullest.
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