Some of the most popular titles in the ASE's were westerns; more than 150 westerns were eventually to appear in the series.

Adventure stories and other escape fiction genres were what many soldiers wanted to read, and there were a great many ASE's to fit the bill.

Sea stories were big hits in the Navy--even Moby Dick, and THE COMPLETE BOOK--NOT A DIGEST--at that! The Navy contracted with the Council on Books in Wartime to take a quarter of the ASE's produced; the other three-quarters went to the Army.