The Way Back Machine – Best Sellers in 1964

Jumping back to 1964 takes us back to a time of interesting firsts. In February, the Beatles hit number #1 in the U.S for the first time with “I Want to Hold Your Hand”, launching the British Invasion. Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor tie the knot for the first time (but not the last!) in March of that year . And 1964 was the year in which the first Ford Mustangs were introduced.

The novels on the New York Times Bestseller List for the first week of March in 1964 were made up of some well-known names (Michener, le Carré, Fleming, Pearl S. Buck), but the nonfiction books focused on JFK, whose assassination the previous November still impacted the nation.


1. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John Le Carré

2. The Group by Mary McCarthy

3. The Venetian Affair by Helen Macinnes

4. The Hat on the Bed by John O’Hara

5. The Wapshot Scandal by John Cheever

6. The Shoes of the Fisherman by Morris L. West

7. Caravans by James Michener

8. The Fanatic by Meyer Levin

9. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service by Ian Fleming

10. The Living Reed by Pearl S. Buck



1. Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy

2. The White House Years: Mandate for Change 1953-1956 by Dwight D. Eisenhower

3. J.F.K.: The Man and the Myth by Victor Lasky

4. Four Days: The Historical Record of the Death of President Kennedy by U.P.I. And American Heritage Magazine

5. My Years with General Motors by Alfred P. Sloan

6. The Green Felt Jungle by Ed Reid And Ovid Demaris

7. Rascal by Sterling North

8. Confessions of an Advertising Man by David Ogilvy

9. William Shakespeare: A Biography by A.L. Rowse

10. The American Way of Death by Jessica Mitford

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