The Way Back Machine – Best Sellers 1982

Pack up the Trans-Am, KITT, it’s time to drive back to 1982. Think really hard and you might remember:

  • In March, the winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture goes to Chariots of Fire (but doesn’t put an end to the millions of slo-mo re-enactments of people running to its theme song).
  • Prince William is born in June (and thirty years later, looks forward to the birth of his own first child).
  • The Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial is dedicated in November. There was much criticism when it was first revealed, but over time, it has become accepted as a fitting shrine to those who died during the conflict.

But you don’t have to stop there – remember the year that was 1982 by traveling back to the week of December 26 and reading one of the following New York Times Best Sellers. It might have been thirty years ago, but with these books, it could have been just yesterday…



1. Space – James A. Michener

2. 2010: Odyssey Two – Arthur C. Clarke

3. The Valley of Horses – Jean M. Auel

4. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Storybook – William Kotzwinkle

5. Mistral’s Daughter – Judith Krantz

6. Foundation’s Edge – Isaac Asimov

7. Master of the Game – Sidney Sheldon

8. Life, the Universe and Everything – Douglas Adams

9. Different Seasons – Stephen King

10. Deadeye Dick – Kurt Vonnegut

11. Crossings – Danielle Steel

12. Life Sentences – Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey

13. Goodbye, Mickey Mouse – Len Deighton

14. Second Heaven – Judith Guest

15. The Parsifal Mosaic – Robert Ludlum



1. And More by Andy Rooney – Andrew A. Rooney

2. Jane Fonda’s Workout Book – Jane Fonda

3. Growing Up – Russell Baker

4. Living, Loving & Learning – Leo Buscaglia

5. Megatrends – John Naisbitt

6. A Light in the Attic – Shel Silverstein

7. Keeping Faith – Jimmy Carter

8. When Bad Things Happen to Good People – Harold S. Kushner

9. The Fall of Freddie the Leaf – Leo Buscaglia

10. Life Extension – Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw

11. The One Minute Manager – Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson

12. Atlantic High – William F. Buckley Jr

13. Having It All – Helen Gurley Brown

14. Jane Fonda’s Workout Book for Pregnancy, Birth and Recovery – Femmy Delyser

15. The Path to Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson – Robert Caro

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