The Way Back Machine – Best Sellers 1960

The Way Back Machine is going way back today – further than we’ve been on this blog, anyway. We’re going to revisit the year 1960, so grab your fedora or gloves, and get buckled in (though bucking in was a foreign concept then). To get into the mood, remember that 1960 was the year when:

  • John F. Kennedy, announced his candidacy for President of the U.S. (Jan) – and was elected later that year.
  • Ben Hur won the Oscar for Best Picture (Apr).
  • Sputnik 5, the first with live animals, was launched into space (Aug).

Or, get in the mood by reading a popular book – the following are all New York Times Best Sellers for the week of September 25, 1960.



1. Hawaii by James Michener

2. Advise and Consent by Allen Drury

3. The Leopard by Guiseppe di Lampedusa

4. The Chapman Report by Irving Wallace

5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

6. The Lovely Ambition by Mary Ellen Chase

7. Water of Life by Henry Morton Robinson

8. The Affair by C.P. Snow

9. The Last Temptation of Christ by Nikos Kazantzakis

10. Diamond Head by Peter Gilman

11. Before You Go by Jerome Weidman

12. The Sun Is My Shadow by Robert Wilder

13. The View from the Fortieth Floor by Theodore H. White

14. Away from Home by Rona Jaffe

15. Mistress of Mellyn by Victoria Holt

16. Set This House on Fire by William Styron



1. Born Free by Joy Adamson

2. How I Made $2,000,000 in the Stock Market by Nicolas Darvas

3. Enjoy, Enjoy! by Harry Golden

4. May This House Be Safe from Tigers by Alexander King

5. Folk Medicine by Deforest Clinton Jarvis

6. Felix Frankfurter Reminisces by Felix Frankfurter

7. The Good Years by Walter Lord

8. The Liberal Hour by John Kenneth Galbraith

9. The Conscience of a Conservative by Barry Goldwater

10. I Kid You Not by Jack Paar

11. Taken at the Flood by John Gunther

12. Mr. Citizen by Harry S. Truman

13. Baseball Is a Funny Game by Joe Garagiola

14. The Night They Burned the Mountain by Thomas A. Dooley

15. Thomas Wolfe by Elizabeth Nowell

16. Daughters and Rebels by Jessica Mitford

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