A list and description of all the bestselling books in US History, including information about publication histories, and contemporary reader and critical response. INVALUABLE! Mott’s standard of Best Seller status was that the book’s sales exceeded 1% of the population when printed. In spite of reviewer Walt's valid criticism (that the discussion of a book rarely goes beyond sales figures), this book is the only thing we have that does even this! Unlike reception analysis, it actually looks at how the books were received when they were published.