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Best Selling Novels of the 1960s

A list of the best selling novels in the US during the 1960's as reported by Publishers Weekly. This list ranges from 1960 through 1969. All types of novels have been included and each of them has 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 60'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. What were the best selling novels of the 1960s? This list will provide you that answer.
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    Allen Drury Year in the Top Ten: 1962

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    John le Carré Year in the Top Ten: 1968

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    Advise and Consent Year in the Top Ten: 1960

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    Arthur Hailey Year in the Top Ten: 1968

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    All in the family Edwin O'Connor Year in the Top Ten: 1966

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    Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins Year in the Top Ten: 1964

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    Candy Kevin Brooks Year in the Top Ten: 1964

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    Allen Drury Year in the Top Ten: 1966

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    James A. Michener Year in the Top Ten: 1963

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    Catherine Marshall Years in the Top Ten: 1967, 1968

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    John Rechy Year in the Top Ten: 1963

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    Convention Richard Reeves Year in the Top Ten: 1964

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    John Updike Year in the Top Ten: 1968

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    daughter of silence Edgar Fawcett Year in the Top Ten: 1961

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    Dearly Beloved Anne Morrow Lindbergh Year in the Top Ten: 1962

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    Don't Stop the Carnival Herman Wouk Year in the Top Ten: 1965

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    Elizabeth Appleton John O'Hara Year in the Top Ten: 1963

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    Harvey Wheeler, Eugene Burdick Year in the Top Ten: 1962

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    J. D. Salinger Years in the Top Ten: 1961, 1962

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    Grandmother and the priests Taylor Caldwell Year in the Top Ten: 1963

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    James A. Michener Year in the Top Ten: 1960

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    Saul Bellow Years in the Top Ten: 1964, 1965

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    Arthur Hailey Year in the Top Ten: 1965

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    Leon Uris Year in the Top Ten: 1961

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    Gore Vidal Year in the Top Ten: 1968

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    Naked Came the Stranger Penelope Ashe Year in the Top Ten: 1969

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    Ourselves to know John O'Hara Year in the Top Ten: 1960

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    Philip Roth Year in the Top Ten: 1969

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    Allen Drury Year in the Top Ten: 1968

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    Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters, and Seymour-An Introduction Year in the Top Ten: 1963

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    Ira Levin Year in the Top Ten: 1967

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    Sermons and soda-water John O'Hara Year in the Top Ten: 1960

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    Fletcher Knebel Year in the Top Ten: 1962

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    Ship of Fools Katherine Anne Porter Year in the Top Ten: 1962

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    Tai-Pan Year in the Top Ten: 1966

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    Tell no man Adela Rogers St. Johns Year in the Top Ten: 1966

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    Testimony of Two Men Taylor Caldwell Year in the Top Ten: 1968

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    The Adventurers Harold Robbins Year in the Top Ten: 1966

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    Irving Stone Years in the Top Ten: 1961, 1962

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    Graham McNeill Year in the Top Ten: 1965

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    Michael Crichton Year in the Top Ten: 1969

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    The Arrangement Elia Kazan Year in the Top Ten: 1967

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    The Battle of the Villa Fiorita Year in the Top Ten: 1963

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    Harold Robbins Year in the Top Ten: 1961

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    The Chapman Report Year in the Top Ten: 1960

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    Chaim Potok Year in the Top Ten: 1967

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    William Styron Year in the Top Ten: 1967

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    The Constant Image Year in the Top Ten: 1960

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    The Double Image Helen Clark MacInnes Year in the Top Ten: 1966

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    Edwin O'Connor Year in the Top Ten: 1961

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