Don Quixote, conqueror of windmills and readers’ hearts, was recently voted the best book of all time in a survey of 100 of the world’s best authors. It’s the tale of a Spanish knight who reads one too many chivalric romances and takes up a rusty breastplate and sword in search of adventures. Antonio Carreño-Rodríguez (George Mason University) fell in love with the book when he was 23 and admires Miguel de Cervantes, the author of the epic satire, who died on the same day as William Shakespeare. Also featured: Homer’s epic poems are the first major works of western literature. David Pollio (Christopher Newport University) says the themes of family, love, and death keep the Iliad and the Odyssey relevant for modern readers.