SOME OF THE BEST SELLING BOOKS IN HISTORY
Added on: 25th Mar 2016
THE EAGLE HAS LANDED
The bestselling spy thriller book on our list (and thus in history),
Jack Higgins’ “The Eagle Has Landed” was published in 1975.
The riveting pages follow the mission of a group of German
paratroopers and an Irish IRA (Irish Republican Army) member
as they land on the English coast in 1943. Their mission is to
Kidnap British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Also made into a
1976 film, “The Eagle Has Landed” is a must-read for
any lover of suspense.
THE HITE REPORT
Shere Hite revolutionized the lives of women when she
published her most famous book in 1976. “The Hite Report:
A Nationwide Study of Female Sexuality” was by far the best-selling
book in history relating to the often taboo subject of female
sexuality and pleasure. A feminist and sex educator, Hite
interviewed 100,000 women from 14 to 78 years old about
their views on sex, what orgasm truly feels like, and the
greatest pleasures and frustrations in their sexual lives.
Published during the free love revolution, “The Hite Report”
was an open, honest, and direct book for women
about their sexuality.
THE NAME OF THE ROSE
“The Name of the Rose” was written by novelist Umberto Eco in
1980. Showing our love for murder mysteries, the novel follows
William of Baskerville, a Franciscan friar who must find the
killer of multiple murders at a Northern Italian monastery.
The novel is intriguing for its involvement of semiotics, the
study of signs and symbols and their use or interpretation,
throughout the story.
THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
Better known by many for its film version, this 1992 novel is one
of the 20th century’s best-sellers despite being on the market
for less than a decade. Written by Robert James Waller,
“The Bridges of Madison County” depicts the affair between
a lonely, married woman in Iowa and a photographer who
visits Madison County to take photographs of the area’s covered
bridges. At over 50 million copies already sold, this book is
one of the most rapidly selling books of all time and was
even adapted into a musical in 2013.
THE CATCHER IN THE RYE
A fictional coming-of-age tale, J.D. Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye”
was one of the most controversial books of the 20th century.
An archetype for teenage angst, rebellion, and the search for
identity, this novel continues to sell over a quarter-of-a-million
copies annually, many to high school English classes some
of which have made the book required reading.
Having sold over 65 million copies, “O Alquimista” (English:
“The Alchemist”) is the bestselling Brazilian book (and
Portuguese-language book) in history. Published in 1988 by
Paolo Coelho, the book follows Andalusian shepherd boy
Santiago on his journey to Egypt to find the abstract concept
of what he has always wanted to achieve – the book’s
THINK AND GROW RICH
“Think and Grow Rich” was a self-improvement book written by
Napoleon Hill in 1937. Asked to look at the relationship between
individual characteristics and wealth attainment by steel giant
Andrew Carnegie, Hill embodied his 13 principles of personal
achievement into the book, a hot-cake as countries were
beginning to emerge from the Great Depression.
THE DA VINCI CODE
“The Da Vinci Code” was a global phenomenon in the mid-2000’s.
A mystery-detective novel written by Dan Brown, the book follows
main characters Robert Langdon and Sophie Neveu as they
investigate a murder at the Louvre and are embroiled in a
deeper, sacrilegious (called by some groups) mystery regarding
the Holy Grail and Mary Magdalene.