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 buying.
Here are the Newsmax Rising Bestsellers for the week of May 4, 2020:
- "Seeing Jesus from the East: A Fresh Look at History's Most Influential Figure" by Ravi Zacharias and Abdu Murray (Zondervan). Zacharias, a Christian apologist and evangelist, and his colleague Murray say a broader view of Jesus is needed — one that recognizes the "uniquely Eastern ways of thinking and communicating." They argue that many cultural insights can be missed when the Eastern context of the Bible is ignored. (Nonfiction)
- "How to Feed a Dictator: Saddam Hussein, Idi Amin, Enver Hoxha, Fidel Castro, and Pol Pot Through the Eyes of Their Cooks" by Witold Szablowski (Penguin). The Polish journalist and former chef explores the appetites of five of the 20th century's most infamous dictators known for the oppression and massacre of their own citizens—Iraq's Saddam Hussein, Uganda's Idi Amin, Albania's Enver Hoxha, Cuba's Fidel Castro, and Cambodia's Pol Pot. In interviews with their personal chefs, the author finds out what Pol Pot was eating while 2 million Cambodians were dying of hunger, whether Idi Amin actually ate human flesh, and why Fidel Castro was obsessed with one particular cow. (Nonfiction)
- "Trump and Churchill: Defenders of Western Civilization" by Nick Adams, Forward by Newt Gingrich (Post Hill Press). Trump and Churchill both fought to protect Western Civilization, and Adams argues that while they battled different forms of tyranny, President Donald Trump could very well be to the 21st century what Winston Churchill was to the 20th. He sees Trump as a "brash, Twitter happy, political neophyte and billionaire entrepreneur,'' and Churchill as an "eloquent, eternally quotable wordsmith, wealthy aristocrat'' — both of whose approaches to domestic and international relations have "rescued Western Civilization from the brink.'' (Nonfiction)
- "Becoming Kim Jong Un: A Former CIA Officer's Insights Into North Korea's Enigmatic Young Dictator" by Jung H. Pak (Ballantine Books). Pak, a former CIA analyst, tracks the rise of North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un on the world stage, from his brutal power-consolidating purges to his abrupt pivot toward diplomatic engagement that led to his historic summits with President Trump. She also sheds light on how a top intelligence analyst assesses thorny national security problems. (Nonfiction)
- "The Inevitability of Tragedy: Henry Kissinger and His World" by Barry Gewen (W.W. Norton & Company). A new portrait of Henry Kissinger focusing on the fundamental ideas underlying his policies: realism, balance of power, and national interest. Gewen tracks Kissinger's development as both a strategist and an intellectual and examines his unique role in government through his ideas. He also providers an analysis of Kissinger's contentious policies in Vietnam and Chile. (Non-fiction)
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