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The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's 

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Updated June 14, 2019 11.9k views 99 items
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.
list ordered by
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A Distant Mirror: The Ca... 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 Be... 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 Wond... 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... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's
9
American Heritage Dictio... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's
10
Angels: God's Secret Age... 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... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's
15
Better Homes and Gardens... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's
16
Better Homes and Gardens... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's
17
Better Homes and Gardens... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's
18
Better Homes and Gardens... 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 Whit... 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 Fal... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Selling Non-Fiction of the 1970's
23
Bring on the Empty Horse... 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... 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