The Way Back Machine – Best Sellers 1967

If you remember 1967, you might remember it more for the political upheavals (Vietnam War protests) than for anything else. But, of course, other things were happening as well. In terms of music, it was an interesting year:

  • In April, Aretha Franklin recorded what is now known as her signature song, Respect.
  • In June, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, one of the seminal works of rock music, was released by the Beatles.
  • In September, Jim Morrison defied the censors of the Ed Sullivan Show and sang Light My Fire with its original lyrics.


What was going on in literature? Check out the titles below, which comprised the New York Times Best Sellers for the week of March 5, 1967.



1. The Secret of Santa Vittoria by Robert Crichton

2. Capable of Honor by Allen Drury

3. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann

4. The Captain by Jan de Hartog

5. The Birds Fall Down by Rebecca West

6. The Arrangement by Elia Kazan

7. The Mask of Apollo by Mary Renault

8. All in the Family by Edwin O’Connor

9. Tai-Pan by James Clavell

10. The Fixer by Bernard Malamud



1. Everything but Money by Sam Levenson

2. Madame Sarah by Cornelia Otis Skinner

3. Paper Lion by George Plimpton

4. Games People Play by Eric Berne

5. The Jury Returns by Louis Nizer

6. Rush to Judgment by Mark Lane

7. Inside South America by John Gunther

8. Division Street: America by Studs Terkel

9. The Boston Strangler by Gerald Frank

10. How to Avoid Probate by Norman F. Dacey


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