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Bestsellers The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's  

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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 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.

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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A Distant Mirror: The Calamito... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's

2
A Time for Truth is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's
William E Simon - Year in the Top 15: 1978

3
A world beyond is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's
Ruth Montgomery - Year in the Top 15: 1972

4
Alistair Cooke's America is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's
Years in the Top 15: 1973, 1974

5
All the President's Men is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's
Carl Bernstein, Bob Woodward - Year in the Top 15: 1974

6
All Things Bright and Beautifu... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's
Keith Waterhouse, Willis Hall - Year in the Top 15: 1974

7
All Things Wise and Wonderful is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's
James Herriot - Year in the Top 15: 1977

8
American Caesar: Douglas MacAr... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's

9
American Heritage Dictionary o... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's

10
Angels: God's Secret Agents is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's
Years in the Top 15: 1975, 1976

11
Any woman can! is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's
David Reuben - Year in the Top 15: 1971

12
Aunt Erma's Cope Book is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's
Erma Bombeck - Year in the Top 15: 1979

13
Ball Four is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's
Jim Bouton - Year in the Top 15: 1970

14
Better Homes and Gardens Blend... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's

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Better Homes and Gardens Fondu... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's

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Better Homes and Gardens Home ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's

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Better Homes and Gardens Low-C... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's

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Better Homes and Gardens Menu ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's
Year in the Top 15: 1972

19
Blind Ambition: The White Hous... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's
Year in the Top 15: 1976

20
Body Language is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's
Julius Fast - Year in the Top 15: 1970

21
Born again is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's
Peter Toon - Year in the Top 15: 1976

22
Breach of Faith: The Fall of R... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's

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Bring on the Empty Horses is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's
David Niven, David Niven - Year in the Top 15: 1975

24
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's
Dee Brown - Year in the Top 15: 1971

25
Caught in the quiet is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's
Rod McKuen - Year in the Top 15: 1970

26
Cruel Shoes is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's
Steve Martin - Year in the Top 15: 1979

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Dr. Atkins' Diet Revolution is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's
Years in the Top 15: 1972, 1973

28
Eleanor and Franklin is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's
Joseph P. Lash - Year in the Top 15: 1971

29
Everything You Always Wanted T... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's

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Faeries is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's
Alan Lee, Brian Froud - Year in the Top 15: 1978

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Fields of wonder is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's
Rod McKuen - Year in the Top 15: 1971

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Gnomes is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's
Wil Huygen - Year in the Top 15: 1978

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Harry S. Truman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's
Robert H. Ferrell - Year in the Top 15: 1972

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Honor Thy Father is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's
Gay Talese - Year in the Top 15: 1971

35
How to be your own best friend is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's
Mildred Newman - Year in the Top 15: 1973

36
How to Become Financially Inde... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's

37
How to prosper during the comi... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's
Howard Ruff - Year in the Top 15: 1979

38
I'm O.K., You're O.K. is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's
Years in the Top 15: 1971, 1972, 1973

39
If Life Is a Bowl of Cherries-... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's

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In someone's shadow is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's
Rod McKuen - Year in the Top 15: 1970

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Inside the Third Reich is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's
Albert Speer - Year in the Top 15: 1971

42
Jackie Oh! is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's
Kitty Kelley - Year in the Top 15: 1978

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James Herriot's Yorkshire is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's
Year in the Top 15: 1979

44
Journey to Ixtlan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's
Carlos Castaneda - Year in the Top 15: 1972

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Lauren Bacall by Myself is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's
Lauren Bacall - Year in the Top 15: 1979

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ln Search of History: A Person... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's

47
Looking Out for #1 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's
Robert Ringer - Year in the Top 15: 1977

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Mommie Dearest is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's
Christina Crawford - Year in the Top 15: 1978

49
More Joy: A Lovemaking Compani... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's

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My Mother/My Self: A Daughter'... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's