Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's Books

Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's

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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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  1. 26
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    George Marshall More
    Year in the Top 15: 1945
  2. 27
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    Good Night, Sweet Prince

    Year in the Top 15: 1944
  3. 28
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    Richard Tregaskis More
    Year in the Top 15: 1943
  4. 29
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    Here is your war

    Ernie Pyle More
    Years in the Top 15: 1943, 1944
  5. 30
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    Home Sweet Zoo

    Year in the Top 15: 1949
  6. 31
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    How to Read a Book

    Charles Van Doren, Mortimer J. Adler More
  7. 32
    Dale Carnegie More
    Year in the Top 15: 1948
  8. 33
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    How to Win at Canasta

    Year in the Top 15: 1949
  9. 34
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    Human destiny

    Joseph Owens More
    Year in the Top 15: 1947
  10. 35
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    I chose freedom

    Victor Kravchenko More
    Year in the Top 15: 1946
  11. 36
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    I Married Adventure

    Luci Swindoll More
    Year in the Top 15: 1940
  12. 37
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    I never left home

    Bob Hope More
    Year in the Top 15: 1944
  13. 38
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    Information Please Almanac, 1947

    Year in the Top 15: 1947
  14. 39
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    Inside Latin America

    John Gunther More
    Years in the Top 15: 1941, 1942
  15. 40
    John Gunther More
    Year in the Top 15: 1947
  16. 41
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    Journey among warriors

    Victor J. Croizat More
    Year in the Top 15: 1943
  17. 42
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    Land below the wind

    Agnes Newton Keith More
    Year in the Top 15: 1940
  18. 43
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    Last chapter

    Ernie Pyle More
    Year in the Top 15: 1946
  19. 44
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    Mission to Moscow

    Joseph E. Davies More
    Year in the Top 15: 1942
  20. 45
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    My Sister and I

    Friedrich Nietzsche More
    Year in the Top 15: 1941
  21. 46
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    Van Wyck Brooks More
    Year in the Top 15: 1940
  22. 47
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    On being a real person

    Harry Emerson Fosdick More
    Year in the Top 15: 1943
  23. 48
    Michael Foreman More
    Year in the Top 15: 1943
  24. 49
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    Emily Kimbrough, Cornelia Skinner More
    Year in the Top 15: 1943
  25. 50
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    Out of the Night

    Jan Valtin More
    Year in the Top 15: 1941

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