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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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Past imperfect is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Past imperfect Peter Charles Hoffer - Year in the Top 15: 1942

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Peace of mind is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Peace of mind Joshua L. Liebman - Years in the Top 15: 1946, 1947, 1948

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Peace of soul is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Peace of soul Fulton J. Sheen - Year in the Top 15: 1949

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Pleasant Valley is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Pleasant Valley Louis Bromfield, Eralides E. Cabrera - Year in the Top 15: 1945

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Reading I've liked is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Reading I've liked Clifton Fadiman - Year in the Top 15: 1941

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Reveille in Washington is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Reveille in Washington Margaret Leech - Year in the Top 15: 1941

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Roosevelt and Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Roosevelt and Hopkins Robert E. Sherwood - Year in the Top 15: 1948

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See Here, Private Hargrove is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
See Here, Private Hargrove Marion Hargrove - Years in the Top 15: 1942, 1943

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Sexual behavior in the human m... is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Sexual behavior in the human male Alfred Kinsey - Year in the Top 15: 1948

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Speaking Frankly is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Speaking Frankly Year in the Top 15: 1947

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Starling of the White House is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Starling of the White House Edmund W. Starling - Year in the Top 15: 1946

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Ten years in Japan is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Ten years in Japan Joseph Grew - Year in the Top 15: 1944

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The American Past: A Survey of... is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
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 is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
The Anatomy of Peace Emery Reves - Year in the Top 15: 1946

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The Curtain rises is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
The Curtain rises Murtaza Malik - Year in the Top 15: 1944

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The Egg and I is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
The Egg and I Betty MacDonald - Years in the Top 15: 1945, 1946, 1947

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The Fireside Book of Folk Song... is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
The Fireside Book of Folk Songs Year in the Top 15: 1947

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The gathering storm is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
The gathering storm Kate Elliott - Year in the Top 15: 1948

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The greatest story ever told is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
The greatest story ever told Fulton Oursler - Year in the Top 15: 1949

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The Last Time I Saw Paris is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
The Last Time I Saw Paris Elliot Paul - Year in the Top 15: 1942

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The Life and Times of the Shmo... is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
The Life and Times of the Shmoo Year in the Top 15: 1948

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The Plague and I is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
The Plague and I Year in the Top 15: 1948

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The Roosevelt I knew is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
The Roosevelt I knew Frances Perkins - Year in the Top 15: 1946

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The seven storey mountain is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
The seven storey mountain Thomas Merton - Year in the Top 15: 1949

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A Thurber Carnival is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
A Thurber Carnival James Thurber - Year in the Top 15: 1945

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The time for decision is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
The time for decision Sumner Welles - Year in the Top 15: 1944

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The White Cliffs is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
The White Cliffs Suhayl Saadi - Year in the Top 15: 1941

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They were expendable is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
They were expendable William Lindsay White - Year in the Top 15: 1942

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Together is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Together Linda Lael Miller - Year in the Top 15: 1947

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Top secret is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Top secret Ralph Ingersoll - Year in the Top 15: 1946

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Try and stop me is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Try and stop me Bennett Cerf - Year in the Top 15: 1945

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U. S. Foreign Policy is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
U. S. Foreign Policy Robert J Art, Seyom Brown - Year in the Top 15: 1943

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Under cover is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Under cover MaryJanice Davidson - Years in the Top 15: 1943, 1944

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Up front is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Up front Bill Mauldin - Year in the Top 15: 1945

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Victory Through Air Power is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Victory Through Air Power Alexander P. de Seversky - Year in the Top 15: 1942

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Washington Is Like That is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Washington Is Like That Year in the Top 15: 1942

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White Collar Zoo is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
White Collar Zoo Year in the Top 15: 1949

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Wine, women and words is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Wine, women and words Billy Rose - Year in the Top 15: 1948

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Yankee from Olympus is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Yankee from Olympus Catherine Drinker Bowen - Year in the Top 15: 1944

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You Can't Do Business with Hit... is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
You Can't Do Business with Hitler Year in the Top 15: 1941