The Way Back Machine – Best Sellers 1986

Lace up your Air Jordans and get ready to go back to 1986. Like most years, there was:

  • the good – NY Mets win the World Series!
  • the bad – the Space Shuttle Challenger explodes after takeoff
  • and the ugly – the Iran-Contra Affair comes to light

You might also remember the year for its pop culture standouts, such as Top Gun, The Legend of Zelda, and Rock Me Amadeus. (Now you’ll have that song playing in your head for awhile, won’t you?)  As far as books go, take a look at the following, all of which made the New York Times Best Seller list for the week of October 19, 1986. Rad!



1. It by Stephen King

2. Red Storm Rising by Tom Clancy

3. Hollywood Husbands by Jackie Collins

4. Wanderlust by Danielle Steel

5. The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy

6. Through a Glass Darkly by Karleen Koen

7. Roger’s Version by John Updike

8. The Beet Queen by Louise Erdrich

9. The Golden Cup by Belva Plain

10. A Matter of Honor by Jeffrey Archer

11. Last of the Breed by Louis L’Amour

12. Foundation and Earth by Isaac Asimov

13. Regrets Only by Sally Quinn

14. The Good Mother by Sue Miller

15. The Wild Blue by Walter J. Boyne and Steven L. Thompson



1. His Way by Kitty Kelley

2. Fatherhood by Bill Cosby

3. Mayflower Madam by Sydney Biddle Barrows with William Novak

4. You’re Only Old Once! by Dr. Seuss

5. McMahon! by Jim McMahon with Bob Verdi

6. The Story of English by Robert McCrum, William Cran and Robert MacNeil

7. Snake by Ken Stabler and Berry Stainback

8. One Knee Equals Two Feet by John Madden with Dave Anderson

9. Necessary Losses by Judith Viorst

10. James Herriot’s Dog Stories by James Herriot

11. I, Tina by Tina Turner with Kurt Loder

12. Eisenhower at War, 1943-1945 by David Eisenhower

13. Star Woman by Lynn V. Andrews

14. The Reckoning by David Halberstam

15. My Daddy Was a Pistol and I’m a Son of a Gun by Lewis Grizzard

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