The Way Back Machine – Best Sellers 1960

I know it’s a little cold out – and our snow has stuck around a lot longer than we probably thought it would – but we should dust off the Way Back Machine anyway and take it for a spin. Of course, we should make it worth the effort, so let’s go all the way back to 1960. Here’s some info to remind you of what the world looked like then…

  • Eisenhower was serving his last month in office after 8-years.
  • The world population was at 3 billion (today, we’ve more than doubled at 7.4 million).
  • Notable births included: Bono, Ian Rankin, Nigella Lawson

Without further ado, here are the New York Times best sellers for the week of December 25, 1960.



1. Hawaii by James Michener

2. Advise and Consent by Allen Drury

3. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

4. The Lovely Ambition by Mary Ellen Chase

5. The Dean’s Watch by Elizabeth Goudge

6. The Last of the Just by Andre Schwarz-Bart

7. Decision at Delphi by Helen MacInnes

8. Mistress of Mellyn by Victoria Holt

9. The Leopard by Guiseppe di Lampedusa

10. Sermons and Soda Water by John O’Hara

11. The Listener by Taylor Caldwell

12. Pomp and Circumstance by Noel Coward

13. The Nylon Pirates by Nicholas Monsarrat

14. Rabbit, Run by John Updike

15. The House of Five Talents by Louis Auchincloss

16. The Side of the Angels by Alexander Fedoroff



1. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer

2. The Waste Makers by Vance Packard

3. Born Free by Joy Adamson

4. Baruch: The Public Years by Bernard M Baruch

5. The American Heritage Picture History of the Civil War by Bruce Catton

6. The Snake Has all the Lines by Jean Kerr

7. The Politics of Upheaval by Arthur Schlesinger

8. Vanity Fair by Cleveland Amory and Frederic Brad Lee

9. Folk Medicine by Deforest Clinton Jarvis

10. Taken at the Flood by John Gunther

11. Enjoy, Enjoy! by Harry Golden

12. The Conscience of a Conservative by Barry Goldwater

13. My Wilderness by William O. Douglas

14. Felix Frankfurter Reminisces by Felix Frankfurt

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

16. The Liberal Hour by John Kenneth Galbraith

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