Top Ten Bestselling Books Ever

OK, this list is actually from The Book of Lists printed in 1978, so it’s… slightly out of date. But jump in your time capsule and let’s go check on what the Top Ten Bestsellers of all time were as disco was kicking it live (click on the image of the cover to go to the product page).

10. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann (19,300,000 copies)

9. The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care by Dr. Benjamin Spock (24,000,000)

7. Guinness Book of World Records (28,500,000)

7. In His Steps by C.M. Sheldon (28,500,000)

6. The World Almanac (36,000,000)

5. A Message to Garcia by Elbert Hubbard (50,000,000)
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4. The Truth That Leads to Eternal Life by the Jehovah’s Witnesses (74,000,000)

3. American Spelling Book by Noah Webster (100,000,000)

2. Quotations from the Work of Mao Tse-tung (800,000,000)
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1. The Bible (over 3,000,000,000)


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  2. I was a teen mother who read Dr. Spock and even at that young age I felt he was off the wall. Spare the rod and spoil the child or you might ruin their phychi. Sorry but I don’t feel he should have earned the position he held for years on child rearing.

  3. I know many people who agree with you, Kay. I personally have not had reason to consult this particular text, but I do find it really interesting that the bulk of this list, in some way or another, is advice books…

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