1971 Popular Books and Bestsellers

1971 Books & Bestsellers

1971 Fiction Top Ten Books

(according to Publisher’s Weekly)
1. Wheels by Arthur Hailey
2. The Exorcist by William P. Blatty
3. The Passions of the Mind by Irving Stone
4. The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth
5. The Betsy by Harold Robbins
6. Message from Malaga by Helen MacInnes
7. The Winds of War by Herman Wouk
8. The Drifters by James A. Michener
9. The Other by Thomas Tryon
10. Rabbit Redux by John Updike

1971 Non-Fiction Books

1. The Sensuous Man by “M” (Joan Garrity, John Garrity and Len Forman)
2. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
3. Better Homes and Gardens Blender Cook Book by the BH&G Editors
4. I’m O.K. You’re O.K. by Thomas Harris
5. Any Woman Can! by David Reuben
6. Inside the Third Reich by Albert Speer
7. Eleanor and Franklin by Joseph P. Lash
8. Wunnerful, Wunnerful! by Lawrence Welk
9. Honor Thy Father by Gay Talese
10. Fields of Wonder by Rod McKuen

1971 Notable Literature

Insect Societies by E.O. Wilson
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks
Beyond Freedom and Dignity by B.F. Skinner
The Prison Notebooks by Antonio Gramsci
Blindness and Insight by Paul de Man
Our Bodies, Ourselves by Boston Women’s Health Collective
Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
A Theory of Justice by John Rawls
In the Shadow of Man by Jane Goodall
Deschooling Society by Ivan Illich
The Pentagon Papers (aka Report of the Office of the Secretary of Defense Vietnam Task Force) commissioned by Robert McNamara

1971 Book of the Month Club Selections

The New Centurions by Joseph Wambaugh
Stilwell and the American Experience in China by Barbara W. Tuchman
Khrushchev Remembers by Nikita Khrushchev
The Merry Month of May by James Jones
The European Discovery of America by Samuel Eliot Morison
The White Dawn by James Houston
The Drifters by James A. Michener
Einstein: The Life and Times by Ronald W. Clark
Frank Capra: The Name Above the Title by Frank Capra
The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth
The Condor Passes by Shirley Ann Grau
The San Francisco Earthquake by Gorden Thomas and Max Morgan Witts
Eleanor and Franklin by Joseph P. Lash
Jennie: The Life of Lady Randolph Churchill, vol. 2 by Ralph G. Martin
Lyndon Baines Johnson: The Vantage Point by Lyndon Baines Johnson
1971 Nobel Prize in Literature
Most Popular Books of 1971, according to GoodReads
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