The Way Back Machine – Best Sellers 1974

Get your groove on and reminisce about 1974 – the fact that “Kung Fu Fighting” was one of the biggest hits (and won a Grammy!) says a lot about that year…

It was also the year that:

  • Hank Aaron beat Babe Ruth’s career home run record, hitting his 715th in Atlanta. (April)
  • The UPC, the universal product code now scanned by pretty much every grocery register, was born. (June)
  • Nixon resigned following the Watergate scandal. (August)

If you want to “remember when”, check out one of these New York Times Best Sellers from the week of September 29, 1974.



1. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John Le Carré

2. The Dogs of War by Frederick Forsyth

3. Centennial by James Michener

4. Jaws by Peter Benchley

5. Watership Down by Richard Adams

6. The House of a Thousand Lanterns by Victoria Holt

7. The War Between the Tates by Alison Lurie

8. Cashelmara by Susan Howatch

9. The Seven-Per-Cent Solution edited By Nicholas Meyer

10. The Fan Club by Irving Wallace



1. All the President’s Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward

2. The Memory Book by Harry Lorayne and Jerry Lucas

3. The Woman He Loved by Ralph G. Martin

4. Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors by Piers Paul Read

5. You Can Profit From a Monetary Crisis by Harry Browne

6. The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn

7. More Joy edited by Alex Comfort

8. Plain Speaking: An Oral Biography of Harry Truman by Merle Miller

9. The Wall Street Gang by Richard Ney

10. The Lives of A Cell by Lewis Thomas


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