The Way Back Machine – Best Sellers 1972

This month, we’re traveling back to 1972 – a year of dubious distinction (Watergate happened in 1972, after all). Some of the other things you might remember from that year, if you were sentient:

  • The movie, The Godfather, is released in March, inspiring kids everywhere to fill their cheeks with cotton and begin speaking in a Noo Yawk accent.
  • The Sunshine Mine Fire occurred in Northern Idaho in May, killing 91 workers. It remains one of the worst mine disasters in U.S. history.
  • Apollo 17 lands on the moon in December, the last manned Apollo mission, and the last mission to the moon. Maybe it’s time to go back?

In case you don’t remember 1972 firsthand, or want to experience it again, pick up one of these books from the New York Times Best Seller List for the week of October 29, 1972.   It’s an offer you can’t refuse! (Okay – a little too punny – I can hear you groaning from miles away…)



1 – Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach

2 – August 1914 by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

3 – The Winds of War by Herman Wouk

4 – Semi-Tough by Dan Jenkins

5 – On the Night of the Seventh Moon by Victoria Holt

6 – Captains and the Kings by Taylor Caldwell

7 – To Serve Them All My Days by R.F. Delderfield

8 – Dark Horse by Fletcher Knebel

9 – My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok

10 – A Portion for Foxes by Jane Mcilvaine Mcclary



1 – I’m OK, You’re OK by Thomas Harris

2 – The Peter Prescription by Laurence J. Peter

3 – Eleanor: The Years Alone by Joseph P. Lash

4 – Open Marriage by Nena And George O’Neill

5 – O Jerusalem! by Larry Collins And Dominique Lapierre

6 – Super Money by Adam Smith

7 – Luce and His Empire by W. A. Swanberg

8 – A Nation of Strangers by Vance Packard

9 – Fire in the Lake by Frances Fitzgerald

10 – Paris Was Yesterday by Janet Flanner

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