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Bestsellers The 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.
list ordered by

1
A guide to confident living is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Norman Vincent Peale - Years in the Top 15: 1948, 1949

2
A smattering of ignorance is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Oscar Levant - Year in the Top 15: 1940

3
A Solo in Tom-Toms is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Year in the Top 15: 1946

4
A Study of History is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Year in the Top 15: 1947

5
American white paper is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Joseph Alsop - Year in the Top 15: 1940

6
Anna and the King of Siam is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Margaret Landon - Year in the Top 15: 1944

7
ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Larry McCaffery, Tom LeClair - Year in the Top 15: 1945

8
As he saw it is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Elliott Roosevelt - Year in the Top 15: 1946

9
As I Remember Him is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Year in the Top 15: 1940

10
Berlin Diary is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
William L. Shirer - Year in the Top 15: 1941

11
Bet It's a Boy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Year in the Top 15: 1940

12
Black Boy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Richard Wright - Year in the Top 15: 1945

13
Blood, sweat, and tears is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Winston Churchill - Year in the Top 15: 1941

14
Brave men is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Ernie Pyle - Years in the Top 15: 1944, 1945

15
Burma surgeon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Gordon Stifler Seagrave - Year in the Top 15: 1943

16
La canasta is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Miguel Mihura - Year in the Top 15: 1949

17
Canasta, the Argentine Rummy G... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Year in the Top 15: 1949

18
Cheaper by the Dozen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Frank Gilbreth, Jr., Ernestine Carey - Year in the Top 15: 1949

19
Country squire in the White Ho... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
John T. Flynn - Year in the Top 15: 1940

20
Cross Creek is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings - Year in the Top 15: 1942

21
Crusade in Europe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Dwight D. Eisenhower - Year in the Top 15: 1948

22
Days of our years is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Pierre van Paassen - Year in the Top 15: 1940

23
Dear Sir is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
George L Thomson - Year in the Top 15: 1945

24
Exit Laughing is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Stuart Palmer - Year in the Top 15: 1941

25
Flight to Arras is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry - Year in the Top 15: 1942

26
General Marshall's Report is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
George Marshall - Year in the Top 15: 1945

27
Good Night, Sweet Prince is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Year in the Top 15: 1944

28
Guadalcanal Diary is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Richard Tregaskis - Year in the Top 15: 1943

29
Here is your war is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Ernie Pyle - Years in the Top 15: 1943, 1944

30
Home Sweet Zoo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Year in the Top 15: 1949

31
How to Read a Book is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Charles Van Doren, Mortimer J. Adler

32
How to Stop Worrying and Start... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Dale Carnegie - Year in the Top 15: 1948

33
How to Win at Canasta is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Year in the Top 15: 1949

34
Human destiny is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Joseph Owens - Year in the Top 15: 1947

35
I chose freedom is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Victor Kravchenko - Year in the Top 15: 1946

36
I Married Adventure is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Luci Swindoll - Year in the Top 15: 1940

37
I never left home is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Bob Hope - Year in the Top 15: 1944

38
Information Please Almanac, 19... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Year in the Top 15: 1947

39
Inside Latin America is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
John Gunther - Years in the Top 15: 1941, 1942

40
Inside U.S.A. is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
John Gunther - Year in the Top 15: 1947

41
Journey among warriors is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Victor J. Croizat - Year in the Top 15: 1943

42
Land below the wind is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Agnes Newton Keith - Year in the Top 15: 1940

43
Last chapter is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Ernie Pyle - Year in the Top 15: 1946

44
Mission to Moscow is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Joseph E. Davies - Year in the Top 15: 1942

45
My Sister and I is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Friedrich Nietzsche - Year in the Top 15: 1941

46
New England: Indian summer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Van Wyck Brooks - Year in the Top 15: 1940

47
On being a real person is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Harry Emerson Fosdick - Year in the Top 15: 1943

48
One World is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Michael Foreman - Year in the Top 15: 1943

49
Our hearts were young and gay is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Emily Kimbrough, Cornelia Skinner - Year in the Top 15: 1943

50
Out of the Night is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1940's
Jan Valtin - Year in the Top 15: 1941