The Bestselling Books of the Last One Hundred Years: 1978

We started at 1918, bringing you the bestselling books of the last one hundred years. We’re moving along now and we’re at the end of the 1970s as we look at the bestselling books of 1978.

1978 saw Space Invaders launch as video games became big business for the first time. In other technological advances, the first test tube baby was born, and the first ever cell phone call took place. NASA unveiled the first women astronauts, and the first solo North Pole expedition took place.

Among all that, there were plenty of books published and read too, and today we’re featuring the bestselling novels of 1978, and some that didn’t make the list but have stood the test of time.

Chesapeake – James A. Michener


War and Remembrance – Herman Wouk


Fools Die – Mario Puzo


Scruples – Judith Krantz


Evergreen – Belva Plain


Illusions – Richard Bach


The Holcroft Covenant – Robert Ludlam


Second Generation – Howard Fast


1978 also saw the release of John Irving’s The World According to Garp.

We’ll continue this series right through to 2018, keep an eye out for 1979, coming soon!

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