The Way Back Machine – Best Sellers 1961

On this first day of fall, let’s float back a few years for a look at what was happening in 1961. Idahoans might especially remember the explosion of the atomic reactor at what is now INL in January of that year, but can you also remember:

  • One Hundred and One Dalmations was released, launching one of Disney’s most memorable supervillains, Creulla De Vil.
  • Construction of the Berlin Wall was begun – destruction of the Wall won’t occur for another 29 years.
  • Roger Maris hit his 61st homer of the year, breaking the 34-year record of Babe Ruth.

And what were we reading the week of September 24? One of these books from the New York Times Best Seller list, we’re sure:



1. The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone

2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

3. Mila 18 by Leon Uris

4. The Carpetbaggers by Harold Robbins

5. The Edge of Sadness by Edwin O’Connor

6. The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck

7. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller

8. Clock Without Hands by Carson McCullers

9. Rembrandt by Gladys Schmitt

10. Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

11. Mothers and Daughters by Evan Hunter

12. A Shooting Star by Wallace Stegner

13. The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford

14. A Man in a Mirror by Richard Llewellyn

15. The Off-Islanders by Nathaniel Benchley

16. A Journey to Matecumbe by Robert Lewis Taylor



1. The Making of the President 1960 by Theodore H. White

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

3. A Nation of Sheep by William J. Lederer

4. Inside Europe Today by John Gunther

5. The New English Bible; New Testament (Oxford University Press/Cambridge University Press)

6. Ring of Bright Water by Gavin Maxwell

7. Russia and the West Under Lenin and Stalin by George F. Kennan

8. The Spanish Civil War by Hugh Thomas

9. The Sheppard Murder Case by Paul Holmes

10. Nobody Knows My Name by James Baldwin

11. Kidnap by George Waller

12. Life with Women and How to Survive It by Joseph H. Peck

13. These Ruins Are Inhabited by Muriel Beadle

14. Citizen Hearst by W.A. Swanberg

15. The Age of Reason Begins by Will and Ariel Durant

16. The Road Past Mandalay by John Masters


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