The Way Back Machine – Best Sellers 2004

It may not seem like it, but 2004 was more than eight(!) years ago. And even though it doesn’t seem like things have changed too much, just remember, Lance Armstrong won his 6th Tour de France that year.

What else happened in 2004?

  • In August, Edvard Munch’s The Scream is stolen in Oslo, Norway. It was recovered two years later.
  • In October, the Boston Red Sox broke “The Curse of the Bambino” and won the 100th World Series.
  • In December, a tsunami devastated Southeast Asia resulting in the loss of over 200,000 people.


Do you remember what you were reading that year? Listed below are the New York Times Bestsellers for the week of January 25, 2004:



1. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

2. The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom

3. New Spring: The Novel – Robert Jordan

4. Retreat, Hell! – W. E. B. Griffin

5. The Amateur Marriage – Anne Tyler

6. The Big Bad Wolf – James Patterson

7. Emma’s Secret – Barbara Taylor Bradford

8. Trojan Odyssey – Clive Cussler

9. The Lady and the Unicorn – Tracy Chevalier

10. Bleachers – John Grisham

11. Odd Thomas – Dean Koontz

12. Pompeii – Robert Harris

13. Angels & Demons – Dan Brown

14. Blow Fly – Patricia Cornwell

15. The Murder Room – P. D. James



1. My Prison Without Bars – Pete Rose with Rick Hill

2. Dude, Where’s My Country? – Michael Moore

3. Lies (And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them) – Al Franken

4. Who’s Looking Out For You? – Bill O’Reilly

5. American Dynasty – Kevin Phillips

6. The Privilege of Youth – Dave Pelzer

7. Flyboys – James Bradley

8. The Enemy Within – Michael Savage

9. Perfectly Legal – David Cay Johnston

10. A Royal Duty – Paul Burrell

11. A Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson

12. Broken Music – Sting

13. Benjamin Franklin – Walter Isaacson

14. Franklin and Winston – Jon Meacham

15. An End to Evil – David Frum and Richard Perle


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