The Bestselling Books of the Last One Hundred Years: 1965

We started at 1918, bringing you the bestselling books of the last one hundred years. We’re moving along now and we’re into the 1960s and almost half way through this series.

We’re covering each year at a time and we’re more than forty years in now with 1965 covered today!

1965 started as Martin Luther King Jr began a drive to enlist black voters. In London poet T. S Eliot died, and Sir Winston Churchill suffered a stroke, all of that before January was out. Canada replaced the Union Flag with the maple leaf. The civil rights movement raged on as Malcolm X was shot dead. Australia joined the Vietnam War, and the USSR landed Luna 5 on the moon.

Among all that, there were plenty of books published and read too, and today we’re featuring the bestselling novels of 1965, and some that didn’t make the list but have stood the test of time.

The Source – James A. Michener


Up the Down Staircase – Bel Kaufman


Herzog – Saul Bellow


The Looking Glass War – John le Carre


The Green Berets – Robin Moore


Those Who Love – Irving Stone


The Man with the Golden Gun – Ian Fleming


Hotel – Arthur Hailey


The Ambassador – Morris West


Don’t Stop the Carnival – Herman Wouk


1964 also saw the release of Frank Herbert’s iconic, Dune

We’ll continue this series right through to 2018, keep an eye out for 1966, coming soon!

If you’d like to see all the lists so far, try this search

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