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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    George Marshall Year in the Top 15: 1945

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    Good Night, Sweet Prince Year in the Top 15: 1944

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    Richard Tregaskis Year in the Top 15: 1943

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    Here is your war Ernie Pyle Years in the Top 15: 1943, 1944

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    Home Sweet Zoo Year in the Top 15: 1949

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    How to Read a Book Charles Van Doren, Mortimer J. Adler

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    Dale Carnegie Year in the Top 15: 1948

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    How to Win at Canasta Year in the Top 15: 1949

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    Human destiny Joseph Owens Year in the Top 15: 1947

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    I chose freedom Victor Kravchenko Year in the Top 15: 1946

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    I Married Adventure Luci Swindoll Year in the Top 15: 1940

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    I never left home Bob Hope Year in the Top 15: 1944

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    Information Please Almanac, 1947 Year in the Top 15: 1947

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    Inside Latin America John Gunther Years in the Top 15: 1941, 1942

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    John Gunther Year in the Top 15: 1947

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    Journey among warriors Victor J. Croizat Year in the Top 15: 1943

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    Land below the wind Agnes Newton Keith Year in the Top 15: 1940

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    Last chapter Ernie Pyle Year in the Top 15: 1946

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    Mission to Moscow Joseph E. Davies Year in the Top 15: 1942

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    My Sister and I Friedrich Nietzsche Year in the Top 15: 1941

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    Van Wyck Brooks Year in the Top 15: 1940

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    On being a real person Harry Emerson Fosdick Year in the Top 15: 1943

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    Michael Foreman Year in the Top 15: 1943

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    Emily Kimbrough, Cornelia Skinner Year in the Top 15: 1943

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    Out of the Night Jan Valtin Year in the Top 15: 1941

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