The Way Back Machine – Best Sellers 1996

We won’t go too far back this week – 17 years ago doesn’t seem that long ago to me, at least. So, let’s look at 1996. The Olympics were held in Atlanta that year, and the Nintendo 64 came out in the summer. Here are a few other events you might remember:

  • In January, France conducts the last atom bomb test.
  • In July, the first cloned mammal, Dolly, is born in Scotland.
  • In August, the Prince Charles and Princess Diana are formally divorced.

And what were we reading? Check out this New York Times Best Sellers list from the week of June 30.



1. The Runaway Jury by John Grisham

2. How Stella Got Her Groove Back by Terry Mcmillan

3. A Crown of Swords by Robert Jordan

4. The Tenth Insight by James Redfield

5. Falling Up by Shel Silverstein

6. I Was Amelia Earhart by Jane Mendelsohn

7. Moonlight Becomes You by Mary Higgins Clark

8. The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield

9. The Fourth Estate by Jeffrey Archer

10. Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

11. Malice by Danielle Steel

12. Gods and Generals by Jeff Shaara

13. Sudden Prey by John Sandford

14. Primary Colors by Anonymous

15. Drink with the Devil by Jack Higgins



1. Bad as I Wanna Be by Dennis Rodman with Tim Keown

2. The Dilbert Principle by Scott Adams

3. Outrage by Vincent Bugliosi

4. In Contempt by Christopher A. Darden with Jess W. Alter

5. No Shirt. No Shoes. . . . No Problem! by Jeff Foxworthy

6. Undaunted Courage by Stephen E. Ambrose

7. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

8. I Lived to Tell It All by George Jones with Tom Carter

9. Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot by Al Franken

10. Blood Sport: The President and His Adversaries by James B. Stewart

11. Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman

12. Partners in Power: The Clintons and Their America by Roger Morris

13. How Could You Do That?! by Laura Schlessinger

14. The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life by Thomas Moore

15. Hitler’s Willing Executioners by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen

16. The Rants by Dennis Miller


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