The Way Back Machine – Best Sellers 1979

It’s been a while since we stepped into the Way Back Machine (guess it’s been such a busy “now,” we haven’t had much time for “then”). Anyway, dust off your leisure suits and let’s head back to 1979.

If you were around in those days, you might remember these events:

  • McDonald’s debuts the Happy Meal nationally! (June)
  • ESPN launches. (September)
  • More than 60 U.S. citizens are held hostage in Iran after the students of the Iranian Revolution took over the American Embassy. (November)

Be a little retro this spring and pick up a read from the New York Times Best Seller list from the week of April 15 in 1979. You might find you can relive the past a little.



1. Good as Gold by Joseph Heller

2. The Matarese Circle by Robert Ludlum

3. Chesapeake by James A. Michener

4. War and Remembrance by Herman Wouk

5. Overload by Arthur Hailey

6. SS-GB by Len Deighton

7. Hanta Yo by Ruth Beebe Hill

8. Dubin’s Lives by Bernard Malamud

9. Proteus by Morris West

10. Dress Gray by Lucian K. Truscott IV

11. Evergreen by Belva Plain

12. The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever

13. The Coup by John Updike

14. Manhattan by Neal Travis

15. The Sixth Commandment by Lawrence Sanders



1. The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet by Herman Tarnower

2. Lauren Bacall: By Myself by Lauren Bacall

3. Sophia, Living and Loving by A.E. Hotchner

4. How to Prosper During the Coming Bad Years by Howard J. Ruff

5.  Mommie Dearest by Christina Crawford

6. A Distant Mirror by Barbara W. Tuchman

7.  Linda Goodman’s Love Signs by Linda Goodman

8. Nurse by Peggy Anderson

9. The Complete Book of Running by James F. Fixx

10.  American Caesar by William Manchester

11. The Culture of Narcissism by Christopher Lasch

12. A Walk Across America by Peter Jenkins

13. In Search of History by Theodore H. White

14. How to Get Whatever You Want Out of Life by Dr. Joyce Brothers

15. The Bronx Zoo by Sparky Lyle And Peter Golenbock

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