About 8 weeks after the end of each year, Publishers Weekly reviews the previous year's sales of books in the United States and reports on the year's best sellers. That data combined with a summary presentation appearing in David Wallechinsky's The Twentieth Century and Alice Payne Hackett's 70 Years of Best Sellers  provides the source of data for the following table.


2002 Phillip C. McGraw Self Matters
2001 Bruce Wilkinson The Prayer of Jabez
2000 Spencer Johnson Who Moved My Cheeze?
1999 Mitch Alborn Tuesdays with Morrie
1998 Suze Orman Crown The Nine Steps to Financial Freedom
1997 Frank McCourt Angela's Ashes
1996 Oprah Winfrey & Bob Greene Make the Connection
1995 John Gray Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus
1994 Rosie Daley In the Kitchen with Rosie
1993 Rush Limbaugh See I Told You So
1992 Rush Limbaugh The Way Things Ought to Be
1991 Katharine Hepburn Me: Stories of My Life
1990 Charles Kuralt A Life on the Road
1989 Robert Fulghum All I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
1988 Robert E. Kowalski The 8-Week Cholesterol Cure
1987 Bill Cosby Time Flies
1986 Bill Cosby Fatherhood
1985 Lee Iacocca with William Novak Iacocca: An Autobiography
1984 Lee Iacocca with William Novak Iacocca: An Autobiography
1983 Thomas J. Peters & Robert H. Waterman, Jr. In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America's Best-Run Companies
1982 Jane Fonda Jane Fonda's Workout Book
1981 Judy Mazel The Beverly Hills Diet
1980 Douglas R. Casey Crisis Investing: Opportunities and Profits in the Coming Great Depression
1979 Erma Bombeck Aunt Erma's Cope Book
1978 Erma Bombeck If Life Is a Bowl of Cherries - What Am I Doing in the Pits
1977 Alex Haley Roots
1976 Bob Woodward & Carl Bernstein The Final Days
1975 Billy Graham Angels: God's Secret Agents
1974 Marabel Morgan The Total Woman
1973 Kenneth Taylor The Living Bible
1972 Kenneth Taylor The Living Bible
1971 "M" The Sensuous Man
1970 David Reuben Everything You Wanted to Know about Sex but Were Afraid to Ask
1969 William Morris, editor American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language
1968 Better Homes and Gardens Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book
1967 William Manchester The Death of a President
1966 Norman F. Dacey How to Avoid Probate
1965 Dan Greenburg How to Be a Jewish Mother 
1964 American Heritage & United Press International Four Days
1963 Charles M. Schulz Happiness Is a Warm Puppy
1962 Herman Taler  Calories Don't Count
1961   The New English Bible: The New Testament
1960 D. C. Jarvis Folk Medicine
1959 Pat Boone 'Twixt Twelve and Twenty
1958 Art Linkletter Kids Say the Darndest Things!
1957 Art Linkletter Kids Say the Darndest Things!
1956 Dan Dale Alexander Arthritis and Common Sense
1955 Anne Morrow Lindbergh Gift from the Sea
1954   The Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version
1953   The Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version
1952   The Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version
1951 Gayelord Hauser Look Younger, Live Longer
1950 Betty Crocker Betty Crocker's Picture Cook Book
1949 Clare Barnes Jr. White Collar Zoo
1948 Dwight D. Eisenhower Crusade in Europe
1947 Joshua Loth Liebman Peace of Mind
1946 Betty MacDonald The Egg and I
1945 Ernie Pyle Brave Men
1944 Bob Hope I Never Left Home
1943 John Roy Carlson Under Cover
1942 Marion Hargrove See Here, Private Hargrove
1941 William L. Shirer Berlin Diary
1940 Osa Johnson I Married Adventure
1939 Pierre van Paassen Days of Our Years
1938 Lin Yutang The Importance of Living
1937 Dale Carnegie How to Win Friends and Influence People
1936 Alexis Carrel Man the Unknown
1935 Anne Morrow Lindbergh North to the Orient
1934 Alexander Woolcott While Rome Burns
1933 Walter B. Pitkin Life Begins at Forty
1932 James Truslow Adams The Epic of America
1931 Marie, Grand Duchess of Russia Education of a Princess
1930 Axel Munthe The Story of San Michele
1929 Ernest Dimnet The Art of Thinking
1928 Andre Maurois Disraeli
1927 Will Durant The Story of Philosophy
1926 Bruce Barton The Man Nobody Knows
1925 Lulu Hunt Peters Diet and Health
1924 Lulu Hunt Peters Diet and Health
1923 Emily Post Etiquette
1922 H. G. Wells The Outline of History
1921 H. G. Wells The Outline of History
1920 Philip Gibbs Now It Can Be Told
1919 Henry Adams The Education of Henry Adams
1918 Robert W. Service Rhymes of a Red Cross Man
1917 Robert W. Service Rhymes of a Red Cross Man
1916 Records not kept  
1915 Records not kept  
1914 Records not kept  
1913 Gerald Stanley Lee Crowds
1912 Mary Antin The Promised Land