On July 16, 1951, J.D. Salinger's novel The Catcher in the Rye was first published. It quickly became a hit, and remains the best-selling novel not to be made into a movie. Today the book turns 65, and it's worth looking back on a story that has inspired generations.

Let's join our old friend John Green in his two-part Crash Course examination of The Catcher in the Rye.

Further reading: 13 Things You Might Not Know About The Catcher in the Rye.