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The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s

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A list of the best selling novels in the US during the 1970's as reported by Publishers Weekly. This list ranges from 1970 through 1979. 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 70'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.
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    Gore Vidal Year in the Top Ten: 1976

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    Sidney Sheldon Year in the Top Ten: 1976

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    Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Year in the Top Ten: 1972

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    Beggarman, Thief is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s

    Irwin Shaw Year in the Top Ten: 1977

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    Sidney Sheldon Year in the Top Ten: 1978

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    Kurt Vonnegut Year in the Top Ten: 1973

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    Gore Vidal Year in the Top Ten: 1973

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    Taylor Caldwell Year in the Top Ten: 1972

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    Centennial is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s

    James A. Michener Year in the Top Ten: 1974

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    James A. Michener Year in the Top Ten: 1978

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    Agatha Christie Year in the Top Ten: 1975

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    John Fowles Year in the Top Ten: 1977

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    Delta of Venus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s

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    Jacqueline Susann's Dolores is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s

    Jacqueline Susann Year in the Top Ten: 1976

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    Dreams die first is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s

    Harold Robbins Year in the Top Ten: 1977

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    Evening in Byzantium is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s

    Irwin Shaw Year in the Top Ten: 1973

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    Belva Plain Year in the Top Ten: 1978

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    Ken Follett Year in the Top Ten: 1978

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    Mario Puzo Year in the Top Ten: 1978

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    Great lion of God is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s

    Taylor Caldwell Year in the Top Ten: 1970

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    Erica Jong Year in the Top Ten: 1977

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    Saul Bellow Year in the Top Ten: 1975

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    Margaret Craven Year in the Top Ten: 1974

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    Illusions: The Adventures of a... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s
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    Islands in the Stream is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s

    Ernest Hemingway Year in the Top Ten: 1970

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    Kurt Vonnegut Year in the Top Ten: 1979

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    Peter Benchley Year in the Top Ten: 1974

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    Richard Bach Years in the Top Ten: 1972, 1973

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    Looking for Mr. Goodbar is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s

    Judith Perelman Rossner Year in the Top Ten: 1975

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    Year in the Top Ten: 1970

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    Memories of another day is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s

    Harold Robbins Year in the Top Ten: 1979

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    Message from Malaga is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s

    Helen Clark MacInnes Year in the Top Ten: 1971

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    Chaim Potok Year in the Top Ten: 1972

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    Oliver's Story is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s

    Erich Segal Year in the Top Ten: 1977

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    Jacqueline Susann Year in the Top Ten: 1973

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    Overload is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s

    Arthur Hailey Year in the Top Ten: 1979

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    Leon Uris Year in the Top Ten: 1970

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    John Updike Year in the Top Ten: 1971

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    E. L. Doctorow Year in the Top Ten: 1975

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    Rich Man, Poor Man is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s

    Irwin Shaw Year in the Top Ten: 1970

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    Judith Krantz Year in the Top Ten: 1978

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    Howard Fast Year in the Top Ten: 1978

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    Dan Jenkins Year in the Top Ten: 1972

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    Shōgun is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s

    Year in the Top Ten: 1975

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    Slapstick or Lonesome No More! is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s

    Year in the Top Ten: 1976

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    Agatha Christie Year in the Top Ten: 1976

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    Smiley's People is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1970s

    John le Carré Year in the Top Ten: 1979

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    Joseph Heller Year in the Top Ten: 1974

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    William Styron Year in the Top Ten: 1979

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    Jack Higgins Year in the Top Ten: 1976

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