The Newsmax Rising Bestsellers list will do more than stimulate your mind. These reads may challenge your beliefs, broaden your perspectives, excite your curiosities, or widen your imagination.
These books may not necessarily appear on the official New York Times list of bestsellers, but they're the ones our Newsmax audience is reading, talking about, sharing with friends, and even buying.
Here are the Newsmax Rising Bestsellers for the week of March 16, 2020:
1. "John Adams Under Fire: The Founding Father's Fight for Justice in the Boston Massacre Murder Trial," by Dan Abrams and David Fisher (Hanover Square Press). Before he became one of America's Founding Fathers and the second U.S. president, John Adams was a lawyer who fought for justice in one of the most explosive murder trials of the era. On March 5, 1770 on the streets of Boston, the British shot dead five civilians in what was labeled the Boston Massacre, which helped trigger the American Revolution. Yet when the British soldiers faced trial, Adams was determined that they receive a fair one. He volunteered to represent them, keeping the peace in a powder keg of a colony, and in the process created some of the foundations of what would become U.S. law. Abrams and Fisher draw on the trial transcript, using Adams' own words to describe colonial Boston, a city roiling with rebellion, where British military forces and American colonists lived side by side, waiting for the spark that would start a war. (Nonfiction)
2. "Why Did I Come Into This Room?: A Candid Conversation about Aging," by Joan Lunden (Forefront Books). The former "Good Morning America" host and veteran journalist explores the various phases of aging, from wrinkles, age spots, and expanding waistlines to diminished energy, changes in sex drive, hot flashes, and memory. She also looks at the science of aging and how it impacts the body and brain, and provides useful advice on how to stave off the aging process as long as possible. (For more on the book, be sure to read an exclusive interview with Lunden in the April issue of Newsmax Magazine). (Nonfiction)
3. "The Watergate Girl: My Fight for Truth and Justice Against a Criminal President," by Jill Wine-Banks (Henry Holt and Co.). Wine-Banks was a 30-year-old attorney in the early 1970s when she became the only woman on the team that prosecuted the highest-ranking White House officials in the Watergate scandal. Dubbed "the mini-skirted lawyer" by the press, her assignment came with a price: her marriage unraveled, her house was burgled, her phones were tapped, and even her office garbage was rifled through. (Nonfiction)
4. "MBS: The Rise to Power of Mohammed bin Salman," by Ben Hubbard (Tim Duggan Books). The Beirut bureau chief for The New York Times looks at the mysterious young prince who emerged from Saudi Arabia's sprawling royal family to overhaul the economy and society of the richest country in the Middle East — and gather as much power as possible into his own hands. Hubbard explores the machinations behind the kingdom's catastrophic military intervention in Yemen, the bizarre detention of princes and businessmen in the Riyadh Ritz-Carlton, and the shifting Saudi relationships with Israel and the United States and the brutal killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents in Istanbul, a crime that shook Saudi Arabia's relationship with Washington. (Nonfiction)
5. "Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist," by Judith Heumann with Kristen Joiner (Beacon Press). Heumann, paralyzed from polio at 18 months, tells the story of how she became one of the most influential disability rights activists in U.S. history. From fighting to attend grade school after being described as a "fire hazard" to later winning a lawsuit against the New York City school system for denying her a teacher's license because of her paralysis, her actions set a precedent that fundamentally improved rights for disabled people. Working with a community of over 150 disabled activists and allies, Heumann successfully pressured the Carter administration to implement protections for disabled people's rights, sparking a national movement and leading to the creation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. (Nonfiction)
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