Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's Books
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Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's

A list of the best selling novels in the US during the 1940's as reported by Publishers Weekly. This list ranges from 1940 through 1949. All types of novels have been included and each of them made it into the top ten. With the introduction of the Nook, Kindle, and iPad with iBooks, reading is hot again. The best selling novels on this list were the most popular books in the United States during the 40's, so you can be sure they're well written and enjoyable (depending, of course, on your preferred literary genre). This list is intended to help long-time readers and newcomers alike with discovering (and rediscovering) some of the best selling novels of all time.

Note that Publishers Weekly left the "Harry Potter" series off of this list as its inclusion made the entire children's book industry appear to sharply rise and decline depending on the series' release schedule.

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    Peter Charles Hoffer Year in the Top 15: 1942

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    Joshua L. Liebman Years in the Top 15: 1946, 1947, 1948

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    Fulton J. Sheen Year in the Top 15: 1949

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    Louis Bromfield, Eralides E. Cabrera Year in the Top 15: 1945

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    Clifton Fadiman Year in the Top 15: 1941

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    Margaret Leech Year in the Top 15: 1941

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    Robert E. Sherwood Year in the Top 15: 1948

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    Years in the Top 15: 1942, 1943

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    Alfred Kinsey Year in the Top 15: 1948

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    Edmund W. Starling Year in the Top 15: 1946

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    Joseph Grew Year in the Top 15: 1944

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    Joseph Robert Conlin Year in the Top 15: 1947

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    Emery Reves Year in the Top 15: 1946

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    Murtaza Malik Year in the Top 15: 1944

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    Betty MacDonald Years in the Top 15: 1945, 1946, 1947

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    Kate Elliott Year in the Top 15: 1948

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    Fulton Oursler Year in the Top 15: 1949

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    Elliot Paul Year in the Top 15: 1942

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    Frances Perkins Year in the Top 15: 1946

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    Thomas Merton Year in the Top 15: 1949

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    James Thurber Year in the Top 15: 1945

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    Sumner Welles Year in the Top 15: 1944

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    Suhayl Saadi Year in the Top 15: 1941

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    William Lindsay White Year in the Top 15: 1942

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    Linda Lael Miller Year in the Top 15: 1947

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    Ralph Ingersoll Year in the Top 15: 1946

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    Bennett Cerf Year in the Top 15: 1945

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    Robert J Art, Seyom Brown Year in the Top 15: 1943

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    MaryJanice Davidson Years in the Top 15: 1943, 1944

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    Bill Mauldin Year in the Top 15: 1945

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    Alexander P. de Seversky Year in the Top 15: 1942

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    Billy Rose Year in the Top 15: 1948

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    Catherine Drinker Bowen Year in the Top 15: 1944

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