Archive for June 26th, 2014

The Way Back Machine – Best Sellers 1971

Let’s back the machine out of the garage and set the dial for 1971. Smack dab in the middle of the Nixon era, as well as the middle birth years for Generation X. And, unfortunately, 1971 was at the height of bell-bottom popularity. Not a great omen for the rest of that decade’s fashion…

It was also the year that:

  • All in the Family premiered (January). On the air until 1979, its impact can still be felt on television and society today.
  • Jim Morrison died in France (July). His grave is one of the most visited in Paris.
  • Walt Disney World opened (October). The park’s size now is about the size of the city of San Francisco.

Here are the most popular fiction and nonfiction books, according to the New York Times Best Sellers list, for the week of June 27, 1971. Check out one of these and relive the year!



1. The Passions of the Mind by Irving Stone

2. The New Centurions by Joseph Wambaugh

3. The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

4. QB VII by Leon Uris

5. Penmarric by Susan Howatch

6. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

7. The Other by Thomas Tryon

8. The Throne of Saturn by Allen Drury

9. The Underground Man by Ross Macdonald

10. Love in the Ruins by Walker Percy



1. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown

2. The Sensuous Man by “M”

3. The Greening of America by Charles Reich

4. The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer

5. Boss by Mike Royko

6. Future Shock by Alvin Toffler

7. The European Discovery of America by Samuel Eliot Morison

8. Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-1945 by Barbara Wertheim Tuchman

9. Mr. Cub by Ernie Banks and Jim Enright

10. Capone by John Kobler