7 More Best Selling Books of the 20th Century

There are different genres of books. Story books, literature books, poetry books, history books; all are different types of books been written or read over the ages. We look into some of the books that are published, printed and then sold the most times over the last one century (This list does not include the books written before 1910 A.D.).

Previously: Top 10 Books of the Twentieth Century


7. El Alquimista

El Alquimista is also termed as Al-chemist. This novel is an allegory, written by Paulo Coelho and was first published in 1988, not very much down the memory lane. This book is one of the newer books in our list. To date, 65 million copies of the book have been sold. The book was first written in Portuguese and later was translated in a number of other languages. The book is about a shepherd boy named Santiago who travels to pyramids of Egypt to find treasure. Since the book was not published in English and is not more than 23 years old, it is expected that the number of copies sold for the book with creep up.


6. Think and Grow Rich

Napoleon Hill wrote this book in 1937. The book is a motivational book as its name suggests. The book was written in inspiration by Scottish-American businessman Andrew Carnegie. This book is considered to be a very good source of motivation. For example Jim Murray who happens to be a sportswriter wrote that Think and Grow Rich was credited for Ken Norton’s boxing upset of Muhammad Ali in 1973. In almost 75 years the book has sold 70 million copies. Almost a million copies an year!


5. The Da Vinci Code

This book was published in near past, as close as 2003. In less than a decade the book has sold 80 million copies. The writer Dan Brown writes about a murder mystery in Paris. During the investigation a battle was discovered between two sets about the possibility of Jesus having been married to Mary Magdalene. The story is regarded by some as a source of impact on religious believes of many. This book/story was also filmed and the movie was also a success.

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