Archive for August 11th, 2017

The Way Back Machine – Best Sellers 1990

Hop into the Way Back Machine and set the dial back to 1990 – before Harry Potter, before grunge rock, and before the Internet – hard to remember, right? Well, here are a few things you might remember:

  • Nelson Mandela was released from prison in February, after 28 years. Only four years later, he became the President of South Africa.
  • The Hubble Space Telescope was launched in April – and after overcoming a few malfunctions, has been sending us images from deep space for 27 years.
  • In October, East Germany and West Germany are reunified after the division of 1945, and Berlin was reinstated as the capital of Germany.

Maybe not quite as momentous, here are the best selling books according to the New York Times, for the week of August 12, 1990.



1. The Burden of Proof by Scott Turow

2. Message from Nam by Danielle Steel

3. Coyote Waits by Tony Hillerman

4. September by Rosamunde Pilcher

5. The Women in His Life by Barbara Taylor Bradford

6. The Stand by Stephen King

7. Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

8. Stardust by Robert B. Parker

9. An Inconvenient Woman by Dominick Dunne

10. Dragon by Clive Cussler

11. Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard

12. The Bourne Ultimatum by Robert Ludlum

13. Sullivan’s Sting by Lawrence Sanders

14. Hammerheads by Dale Brown

15. Killing Mister Watson by Peter Matthiessen



1. Men at Work by George F. Will

2. The Politics of Rich and Poor by Kevin Phillips

3. Dave Barry Turns 40 by Dave Barry

4. Barbarians at the Gate by Bryan Burrough and John Helyar

5. Megatrends 2000 by John Naisbitt and Patricia Aburdene

6. It Was on Fire When I Lay Down on It by Robert Fulghum

7. Father, Son & Co. by Thomas J. Watson Jr. and Peter Petre

8. You Just Don’t Understand by Deborah Tannen

9. Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton by Edward Rice

10. Behind the Mask by Dave Pallone with Alan Steinberg

11. A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman

12. Don’t Shoot, It’s Only Me by Bob Hope with Melville Shavelson

13. Liar’s Poker by Michael Lewis

14. All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum

15. Every Spy a Prince by Dan Raviv and Yossi Melman