The Way Back Machine – Best Sellers 1972

Step into the Way Back Machine (it’s air-conditioned at least, right?) and let’s transport ourselves back to 1972. The swinging 70s are underway, and we are sure to find a book that recalls the craziness of the time. Here’s a look back to help you remember – or understand – what the year looked like:

  • In January, the first scientific hand-held calculator came on to the market – the HP-35 cost $395.
  • In March, The Godfather premiered in New York.
  • In June, five burglars were arrested attempting a burglary at a DC hotel called Watergate. Wonder what happened with that?

Grab one of these books from the New York Times Best Seller list for the week of July 16 for a deeper dive into 1972!



1. Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach

2. The Winds of War by Herman Wouk

3. The Word by Irving Wallace

4. Captains and the Kings by Taylor Caldwell

5. My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok

6. The Terminal Man by Michael Crichton

7. A Portion for Foxes by Jane McIlvaine McClary

8. The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty

9. Dark Horse by Fletcher Knebel

10. The Blue Knight by Joseph Wambaugh



1. I’m O.K. You’re O.K. by Thomas Harris

2. O Jerusalem! by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre

3. The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn

4. The Super Lawyers by Joseph C. Goulden

5. Open Marriage by Nena and George O’Neill

6. The Game of the Foxes by Ladislas Farago

7. Report from Engine Co. 82 by Dennis Smith

8. George S. Kaufman by Howard Teichmann

9. Bring Me a Unicorn by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

10. Eleanor and Franklin by Joseph P. Lash

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