The Way Back Machine – 1969

The Way Back Machine is ready to take another trip, so let’s venture back to 1969. It was a big year for big events – you might remember Woodstock, or the Manson murders, or the Miracle Mets, but there were a few other things happening as well:

  • Led Zeppelin releases its first two albums (Jan and Oct).
  • Legend Judy Garland dies (Jun).
  • Sesame Street premieres (Nov).

In case you want to see what else we were interested in, check out these titles from the New York Times Best Sellers list from the week of July 27, 1969. Groovy.



1. The Love Machine by Jacqueline Susann

2. Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth

3. The Godfather by Mario Puzo

4. Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle by Vladimir Nabokov

5. The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

6. Except For Me and Thee by Jessamyn West

7. The Pretenders by Gladys Rockmore Davis

8. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

9. The Goodbye Look by Ross MacDonald

10. New Moon Rising by Eugenia Price



1. The Peter Principle by Dr. Laurence J. Peter and Raymond Hull

2. Jennie by Ralph G. Martin

3. Between Parent & Teenager by Haim G. Ginott

4. The Kingdom and the Power by Gay Talese

5. Ernest Hemingway by Carlos Baker

6. The Making of the President 1968 by Theodore H. White

7. An Unfinished Woman: A Memoir by Lillian Hellman

8. A Long Row Of Candles by C.L. Sulzberger

9. The Money Game by “Adam Smith”

10. The 900 Days by Harrison E. Salisbury


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