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Top 100 Library Books


"In Search of Excellence" is on more library shelves than any other book, according to a survey of WorldCat, an electronic catalog of materials from libraries in the United States and other countries. With 3,971 libraries listed as having it in their collections, the book tops the list of 100 books held by libraries that catalog their materials on WorldCat. It has held that position consistently since 1989.

The list, heavy in reference works and nonfiction bestsellers, also has three children's books-- "Owl Moon," "The Polar Express" and "The Way Things Work." Some books one would expect to see on the list, such as the Bible and Shakespeare's works, are missing because there are so many editions, and different editions are cataloged as separate works.

The top 100 list is based on the holdings of OCLC member libraries, which include all types of libraries: research, university, public, corporate, government and school libraries. Libraries use the bibliographic records in WorldCat to catalog the books in their collections. When they do, a notation is made in the database, which is a merged, computerized catalog of the materials in 8,650 libraries around the world that use the OCLC online cataloging system. Available to libraries since 1971, WorldCat currently contains 42 million records and 720 million holding symbols.

Rank Holdings Title/Author
1 3971 In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America's Best-run Companies, by Thomas J. Peters and Robert H. Waterman, Jr.
2 3738 Megatrends: Ten New Directions Transforming Our Lives, by John Naisbitt
3 3524 A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, by Kate L. Turabian, 5th ed.
4 3513 Familiar Quotations, by John Bartlett, 15th and 125th anniversary ed.
5 3506 The Closing of the American Mind, by Allan Bloom
6 3374 A Passion for Excellence, by Thomas J. Peters and Nancy Austin
7 3365 A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes, by Stephen W. Hawking
8 3275 Iacocca: An Autobiography, by Lee Iacocca with William Novak
9 3261 The Elements of Style, by William Strunk, Jr., 3rd ed.
10 3248 Megatrends 2000: Ten New Directions for the 1990's, by John Naisbitt and Patricia Aburdene
11 3230 The Chicago Manual of Style, 14th ed.
12 3227 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-IV, 4th ed.
13 3152 Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know, E.D. Hirsch, Jr.
14 3094 Environmental Tobacco Smoke: Proceedings of the International Symposium At McGill University, 1989, edited by Donald J. Ecobichon and Joseph M. Wu
15 3081 Thriving on Chaos: Handbook for a Management Revolution, by Thomas J. Peters
16 3080 Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 4th ed.
17 3022 The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court, by Bob Woodward and Scott Armstrong
18 3004 The Supreme Court of the United States: Its Beginnings and Its Justices, 1790 - 1991
19 2964 Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954 - 63, by Taylor Branch
20 2959 The New York Public Library Desk Reference
21 2946 Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson
22 2925 The Chicago Manual of Style, 13th ed.
23 2921 The Bill of Rights and Beyond, 1791 - 1991
24 2899 The Way Things Work, by David Macaulay
25 2892 Clearing the Air: Perspectives on Environmental Tobacco Smoke, edited by Robert D. Tollison
26 2870 The One Minute Manager, by Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson
27 2860 And the Band Played on: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic, by Randy Shilts
28 2859 The Years of Lyndon Johnson, by Robert A. Caro
29 2854 White House Years, by Henry Kissinger
30 2851 MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, by Joseph Gibaldi, 4th ed.
31 2828 Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, by James M. McPherson
32 2825 Truman, by David McCullough
33 2824 The Random House Dictionary of the English Language, by Stuart Berg Flexner, editor in chief, 2nd ed.
34 2822 Lake Wobegon Days, by Garrison Keillor
35 2811 Beloved: A Novel, by Toni Morrison
36 2790 The Third Wave, by Alvin Toffler
37 2786 Roots, by Alex Haley
38 2785 The Final Days, by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein
39 2780 The Oxford History of the American People, by Samuel Eliot Morison
40 2773 I'm OK, You're OK, by Thomas A. Harris
41 2769 The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam, by Barbara W. Tuchman
42 2769 The Good War: An Oral History of World War Two, by Studs Terkel
43 2763 The Discoverers, by Daniel J. Boorstin
44 2763 Veil: The Secret Wars of the CIA, 1981 - 1987, by Bob Woodward
45 2760 Cosmos, by Carl Sagan
46 2758 The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers, by Paul Kennedy
47 2757 Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit, by Al Gore
48 2752 American Caesar, Douglas MacArthur, 1880 - 1964, by William Manchester
49 2745 The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870 - 1914, by David McCullough
50 2739 The Polar Express, written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg
51 2733 A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam, by Neil Sheehan
52 2723 The Oxford Companion to American Literature, James D. Hart, 5th ed.
53 2717 Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West, by Dee Brown
54 2716 Miracle At Philadelphia: The Story of the Constitutional Convention, by Catherine Drinker Bowen
55 2715 Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices, by Peter F. Drucker
56 2714 Familiar Quotations, by John Bartlett, 16th ed.
57 2710 The Reckoning, by David Halberstam
58 2701 The Oxford Companion to English Literature, by Margaret Drabble, 5th ed.
59 2691 Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Practice and Principles, Peter F. Drucker
60 2689 Beyond Freedom and Dignity, by B.F. Skinner
61 2686 The Star and the Laurel: The Centennial History of Daimler, Mercedes, and Benz, 1886 - 1986, by Beverly Rae Kimes
62 2676 A Child of Fortune, by Jeffrey St. John
63 2672 Eleanor and Franklin: The Story of Their Relationship, by Joseph P. Lash
64 2667 Black's Law Dictionary, by Henry Campbell Black, 5th ed.
65 2663 Years of Upheaval, Henry Kissinger
66 2657 The Confessions of Nat Turner, by William Styron
67 2657 Harry S. Truman, by Margaret Truman
68 2657 The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life, by Richard J. Herrnstein and Charles Murray
69 2655 Lincoln: A Photobiography, by Russell Freedman
70 2655 Vietnam, a History, by Stanley Karnow
71 2652 Lincoln: A Novel, by Gore Vidal
72 2636 Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do, by Studs Terkel
73 2632 All the President's Men, by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward
74 2626 The First Salute, by Barbara W. Tuchman
75 2623 American Authors, 1600 - 1900: A Biographical Dictionary of American Literature, edited by Stanley J. Kunitz and Howard Haycraft
76 2620 Chesapeake, James A. Michener
77 2616 Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women, by Susan Faludi
78 2614 A History of the Arab Peoples, by Albert Hourani
79 2614 The Guns of August, by Barbara W. Tuchman
80 2613 Free to Choose: A Personal Statement, by Milton and Rose Friedman
81 2607 Future Shock, by Alvin Toffler
82 2603 The Power of Myth, by Joseph Campbell, with Bill Moyers
83 2593 Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient: Reflections on Healing and Regeneration, by Norman Cousins
84 2591 The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, by Edward R. Tufte
85 2584 Famous First Facts: A Record of First Happenings, Discoveries, and Inventions in American History, by Joseph Nathan Kane, 4th ed.
86 2582 Guide to Reference Books, edited by Eugene P. Sheehy, 10th ed.
87 2581 The Story of English, by Robert McCrum, William Cran, and Robert MacNeil
88 2580 Encyclopedia of the American Constitution, by Leonard W. Levy, editor in chief
89 2580 The Real War, by Richard Nixon
90 2576 A Thousand Days: John F. Kennedy in the White House, by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.
91 2570 The Death of a President, November 20 - November 25, 1963, by William Manchester
92 2570 The Powers That Be, by David Halberstam
93 2568 The Triumph of Politics: How the Reagan Revolution Failed, by David A. Stockman
94 2568 Owl Moon, by Jane Yolen
95 2565 The Fate of the Earth, by Jonathan Schell
96 2564 The Fatal Shore, Robert Hughes
97 2561 Kennedy, by Theodore C. Sorensen
98 2559 Theory Z: How American Business Can Meet the Japanese Challenge, by William G. Ouchi
99 2559 Keeping Faith: Memoirs of a President, by Jimmy Carter
100 2557 Breach of Faith: The Fall of Richard Nixon, by Theodore H. White

Source: Online Computer Library Center, Inc.



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