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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  1. 51

    Peter Charles Hoffer Year in the Top 15: 1942

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

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    Peace of soul 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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    Reading I've liked Clifton Fadiman Year in the Top 15: 1941

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    Margaret Leech Year in the Top 15: 1941

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    Roosevelt and Hopkins Robert E. Sherwood Year in the Top 15: 1948

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    See Here, Private Hargrove Years in the Top 15: 1942, 1943

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  9. 59

    Alfred Kinsey Year in the Top 15: 1948

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    Speaking Frankly Year in the Top 15: 1947

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    Starling of the White House Edmund W. Starling Year in the Top 15: 1946

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    Ten years in Japan Joseph Grew Year in the Top 15: 1944

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    The American Past: A Survey of American History Joseph Robert Conlin Year in the Top 15: 1947

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    The Anatomy of Peace Emery Reves Year in the Top 15: 1946

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    The Curtain rises Murtaza Malik Year in the Top 15: 1944

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  16. 66

    The Egg and I Betty MacDonald Years in the Top 15: 1945, 1946, 1947

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    The Fireside Book of Folk Songs Year in the Top 15: 1947

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    The gathering storm 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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    The Life and Times of the Shmoo Year in the Top 15: 1948

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    The Plague and I Year in the Top 15: 1948

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    The Roosevelt I knew 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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    The White Cliffs 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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    Together Linda Lael Miller Year in the Top 15: 1947

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    Top secret Ralph Ingersoll Year in the Top 15: 1946

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    Try and stop me 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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    Under cover 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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    Washington Is Like That Year in the Top 15: 1942

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    White Collar Zoo Year in the Top 15: 1949

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    Wine, women and words Billy Rose Year in the Top 15: 1948

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    Yankee from Olympus Catherine Drinker Bowen Year in the Top 15: 1944

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    You Can't Do Business with Hitler Year in the Top 15: 1941

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