Literature The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s  

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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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A Shade of Difference is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s
Allen Drury Year in the Top Ten: 1962 A Shade of Difference is a 1962 political novel written by Allen Drury. It is the first sequel to Advise and Consent, for which Drury was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1960, and is ...more

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A Small Town in Germany is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s
John le CarrĂ© Year in the Top Ten: 1968 A Small Town in Germany is a 1968 espionage novel by British author John le Carré. It is set in Bonn, the "small town" of the title, against a background of concern that former ...more

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Advise and Consent is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s
Year in the Top Ten: 1960

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Airport is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s
Arthur Hailey Year in the Top Ten: 1968 Airport is a bestselling 1968 novel by Arthur Hailey about a large metropolitan airport and the personalities of the people who use, rely and suffer from its operation. This book was adapted ...more

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All in the family is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s
Edwin O'Connor Year in the Top Ten: 1966 All in the Family is a book written by Edwin O'Connor.

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Armageddon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s
Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins Year in the Top Ten: 1964 Armageddon: The Cosmic Battle of the Ages is the 11th novel in the Left Behind series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. It was first published in April 2003. It was on The New York Times Best ...more

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Candy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s
Kevin Brooks Year in the Top Ten: 1964 Candy is a book written by Kevin Brooks.

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Capable of Honor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s
Allen Drury Year in the Top Ten: 1966 Capable of Honor is a 1966 political novel written by Allen Drury. It is the second sequel to Advise and Consent, for which Drury was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1960. Capable of ...more

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Caravans is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s
James A. Michener Year in the Top Ten: 1963 Caravans, a novel by James A. Michener, was published in 1963. The story is set in Afghanistan immediately following World War II. The protagonist, Mark Miller, is stationed in Kabul at the ...more

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Christy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s
Catherine Marshall Years in the Top Ten: 1967, 1968 Christy is a historical fiction novel by Christian author Catherine Marshall set in the fictional Appalachian village of Cutter Gap, Tennessee, in 1912. The novel was inspired by the story of ...more

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City of Night is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s
John Rechy Year in the Top Ten: 1963 City of Night is a gay novel written by John Rechy. It was originally published in 1963 in New York by Grove Press. Earlier excerpts had appeared in Evergreen Review, Big Table, Nugget, and The ...more

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Convention is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s
Richard Reeves Year in the Top Ten: 1964

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Couples is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s
John Updike Year in the Top Ten: 1968 Couples is a 1968 novel by American author John Updike.

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daughter of silence is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s
Edgar Fawcett Year in the Top Ten: 1961

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Dearly Beloved is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s
Anne Morrow Lindbergh Year in the Top Ten: 1962

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Don't Stop the Carnival is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s
Herman Wouk Year in the Top Ten: 1965 Don't Stop the Carnival is a 1965 novel by American writer Herman Wouk. It is a comedy about escaping middle-age crisis to the Caribbean, a heaven that quickly turns into a hell for the main ...more

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Elizabeth Appleton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s
John O'Hara Year in the Top Ten: 1963

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Fail-Safe is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s
Harvey Wheeler, Eugene Burdick Year in the Top Ten: 1962 Fail-Safe is a best-selling novel by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler. The story was initially serialized in three installments in the Saturday Evening Post on October 13, 20, and 27, 1962, ...more

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Franny and Zooey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s
J. D. Salinger Years in the Top Ten: 1961, 1962 Franny and Zooey is a book by American author J. D. Salinger which comprises his short story "Franny" and novella Zooey. The two works were published together as a book in 1961, having ...more

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Grandmother and the priests is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s
Taylor Caldwell Year in the Top Ten: 1963

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Hawaii is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s
James A. Michener Year in the Top Ten: 1960 Hawaii is a novel by James Michener. Written in episodic format like many of Michener's works, the book narrates the story of the original Hawaiians who sailed to the islands from Bora Bora, the ...more

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Herzog is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s
Saul Bellow Years in the Top Ten: 1964, 1965 Herzog is a 1964 novel by Saul Bellow, composed in large part of letters from the protagonist Moses E. Herzog. It won the U.S. National Book Award for Fiction and the The Prix International. ...more

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Hotel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s
Arthur Hailey Year in the Top Ten: 1965 Hotel is a 1965 novel by Arthur Hailey. It is the story of an independent New Orleans hotel, the St. Gregory, and its management's struggle to regain profitability and avoid being assimilated ...more

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Mila 18 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s
Leon Uris Year in the Top Ten: 1961 Mila 18 is a novel by Leon Uris set in German-occupied Warsaw, Poland before and during World War II. Mila 18 debuted at #7 on The New York Times Best Seller List and peaked at #2 in August ...more

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Myra Breckinridge is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s
Gore Vidal Year in the Top Ten: 1968 Myra Breckinridge is a 1968 satirical novel by Gore Vidal written in the form of a diary. Described by the critic Dennis Altman as "part of a major cultural assault on the assumed norms of ...more

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Naked Came the Stranger is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s
Penelope Ashe Year in the Top Ten: 1969 Naked Came the Stranger is a 1969 novel written as a literary hoax poking fun at contemporary American culture. Though credited to "Penelope Ashe", it was in fact written by a group of ...more

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Ourselves to know is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s
John O'Hara Year in the Top Ten: 1960

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Portnoy's Complaint is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s
Philip Roth Year in the Top Ten: 1969 Portnoy's Complaint is the American novel that turned its author Philip Roth into a major celebrity, sparking a storm of controversy over its explicit and candid treatment of sexuality, ...more

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Preserve and Protect is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s
Allen Drury Year in the Top Ten: 1968 Preserve and Protect is a 1968 political novel written by Allen Drury. It is the third sequel to Advise and Consent, for which Drury was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1960, and is ...more

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Raise High the Roof Beam, Carp... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s

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Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s
Ira Levin Year in the Top Ten: 1967 Rosemary's Baby is a 1967 best-selling horror novel by Ira Levin, his second published book. It sold over 4 million copies "making it the top bestselling horror novel of the 1960s."

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Sermons and soda-water is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s
John O'Hara Year in the Top Ten: 1960

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Seven Days in May is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s
Fletcher Knebel Year in the Top Ten: 1962 Seven Days in May is a 1964 drama-romance film written by Fletcher Knebel, Charles W. Bailey II and Rod Serling and directed by John Frankenheimer.

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Ship of Fools is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s
Katherine Anne Porter Year in the Top Ten: 1962 Ship of Fools is a 1962 novel by Katherine Anne Porter which tells the tale of a group of disparate characters sailing from Mexico to Europe aboard a German freighter and passenger ship. It is ...more

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Tai-Pan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s
Year in the Top Ten: 1966

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Tell no man is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s
Adela Rogers St. Johns Year in the Top Ten: 1966

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Testimony of Two Men is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s
Taylor Caldwell Year in the Top Ten: 1968

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The Adventurers is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s
Harold Robbins Year in the Top Ten: 1966 The Adventurers is a book by Harold Robbins.

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The Agony and the Ecstasy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s
Irving Stone Years in the Top Ten: 1961, 1962 The Agony and the Ecstasy is a biographical novel of Michelangelo Buonarroti written by American author Irving Stone. Stone lived in Italy for years visiting many of the locations in Rome and ...more

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The Ambassador is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s
Graham McNeill Year in the Top Ten: 1965

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The Andromeda Strain is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s
Michael Crichton Year in the Top Ten: 1969 The Andromeda Strain, by Michael Crichton, is a techno-thriller novel documenting the efforts of a team of scientists investigating the outbreak of a deadly extraterrestrial microorganism in ...more

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The Arrangement is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s
Elia Kazan Year in the Top Ten: 1967 The Arrangement is a 1967 long novel by Elia Kazan, narrated by a successful Greek-American advertising executive and magazine writer living in an affluent Los Angeles suburb who suffers a ...more

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The Battle of the Villa Fiorit... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s
Year in the Top Ten: 1963

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The Carpetbaggers is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s
Harold Robbins Year in the Top Ten: 1961 The Carpetbaggers is a 1961 bestselling novel by Harold Robbins, which was adapted into a 1964 film of the same title. The prequel Nevada Smith was also based on a character in the novel. The ...more

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The Chapman report is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s
Irving Wallace Year in the Top Ten: 1960 The Chapman Report is 1961 novel written by Irving Wallace.

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The Chosen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s
Chaim Potok Year in the Top Ten: 1967 The Chosen is a novel written by Chaim Potok. It was first published in 1967. It follows the main character Reuven Malter and his friend Daniel Saunders, as they grow up in the Williamsburg ...more

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The Confessions of Nat Turner is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s
William Styron Year in the Top Ten: 1967 The Confessions of Nat Turner is a 1967 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by U.S. writer William Styron. Presented as a first-person narrative by historical figure Nat Turner, the novel concerns the ...more

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The constant image is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s
Marcia Davenport Year in the Top Ten: 1960

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The Double Image is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s
Helen Clark MacInnes Year in the Top Ten: 1966

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The Edge of Sadness is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Selling Novels of the 1960s
Edwin O'Connor Year in the Top Ten: 1961 The Edge of Sadness is a novel by the American author Edwin O'Connor. It was published in 1961 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1962. The story is about a middle-aged Catholic priest in ...more