Searching within the Children’s Books Section of Amazon, I made a series of biographical queries that yielded the following number of “results.”
George Washington 4146
Martha Washington 366
Abraham Lincoln 3162
Abe Lincoln 545
Martin Luther King Jr 2064
Theodore Roosevelt 1204
Teddy Roosevelt 4870
James Madison 794
(Jim Madison actually returned one James Madison book!)
Dolley Madison 224
(My Dolley Madison Saves George Washington (Houghton Mifflin 2008) found a place within both the Washington and Dolley Madison queries.)
Robert E. Lee 796
U.S. Grant 818
The Union Wins again!
Wright Brothers 975
Neil Armstrong 871
Amelia Earhart 833
I’m sorry, but I just don’t get the Earhart obsession.
Muhammad Ali 486
Sitting Bull 624
Charles Darwin 923
Intelligent Design 70
Okay, ID isn't a biography, but I couldn't help myself.
(Brooklyn Bridge Builder) 25
(Forgotten Vanquisher of the Barbary Pirates) 46
(Many of the results referred to Muhammad Ali)
Remember, the results aren't book titles, but books that in some fashion relates to the query.
The results were many times wildly off-subject. For example, the search for Jim Madison yielded a book about Jim Thorpe. Odd.
So, does it say more about Children's biography than it does about Amazon's search algorithms?
Beats me, but it was fun playing….