The Way Back Machine – Best Sellers 1951

Let’s go way back today – all the way to 1951 – for a look at what we were reading in that year, according to the New York Times Best Sellers list for the week of February 11.



1.  Joy Street by Frances Parkinson Keyes

2. The Disenchanted by Budd Schulberg

3. River of the Sun by James Ramsey Ullman

4. The Disappearance by Philip Wylie

5. The Cardinal by Henry Morton Robinson

6. The Balance Wheel by Taylor Caldwell

7. Son of a Hundred Kings by Thomas B. Costain

8. The Loved and Envied by Enid Bagnold

9. The Adventurer by Mika Waltari

10. Foxfire by Anya Seton

11. The Little World of Don Camillo by Giovanni Guares Chi

12. Across the River and Into the Trees by Ernest Hemingway

13. The Witch Diggers by Jessamyn West

14. The 13 Clocks by James Thurber

15. Rivers Parting by Shirley Barker

16. Moulin Rouge by Pierre La Mure



1. Kon-Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl

2. Boswell’s London Journal by Frederick A. Pottle

3. Look Younger, Live Longer by Gayelord Hauser

4. Out of This World by Lowell Thomas Jr.

5. Rommel, The Desert Fox by Desmond Young

6. The Hinge of Fate by Winston Churchill

7. Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody by Will Cuppy

8. Policy for the West by Barbara Ward

9. The Far Side of Paradise by Arthur Mizener

10. Courtroom by Quentin Reynolds

11. Little Britches by Ralph Moody

12. The Hell Bomb by William Leonard Laurence

13. Information Please Almanac 1951 by John Kieran

14. The Lady’s Not for Burning by Christopher Fry

15. Henry Gross and His Dowsing Rod by Kenneth Lewis Roberts

16. Belles on Their Toes by Frank B. Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey

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