A Brief Guide to Pop Culture in 1966

Books

The books that topped the New York Times Bestseller List in 1966:

Fiction:
The Source, James Michener (January 2 — May 8)
Valley of the Dolls, Jacqueline Susann (May 8 — November 20)
The Secret of Santa Vittoria, Robert Crichton (November 20 — March 26)

Nonfiction:
A Thousand Days by Arthur Schlesinger (January 9 — February 6)
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (February 6 — May 8)
The Last Battle by Ryan Cornelius (May 8 — July 17)
How to Avoid Probate by Norman Dacey (July 17 — November 13)
Rush to Judgment by Mark Lane (November 13 — January 8)

Other notable books published that year include Robert A. Heinlein’s The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Thomas Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49, William Styron’s The Confessions of Nat Turner, Daniel Keyes’s Flowers for Algernon and Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea.