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 August 30, 2021:
1. “Life Lessons” by Don Reid (Mercer University Press) The lead singer of the Statler Brothers, country music legend Don Reid discusses his deep faith in God and personal topics of the heart and mind.
Ninety short chapters cover his feelings and insights from both secular and Biblical standpoints and offer a humorous touch to serious subjects, including Covid-19 and his three decades as a Sunday school teacher. (Nonfiction)
2. “Marine Raiders: The True Story of the Legendary WWII Battalions” by Carole Engle Avriett (Regnery History) Considered America’s most skilled and effective fighting machine during World War II, the Marine Raiders were an elite group of marksmen, tacticians and brawlers sent on impossible missions in the Pacific theater.
Yet even though one of their commanders was President Roosevelt’s son, their exploits are largely unknown.
Avriett pieces together their history via the personal narratives of four men who served as Marine Raiders and frontline accounts of the Raiders’ most important battles. And she discovers why they ultimately faded into obscurity. (Nonfiction)
3. “COVID Curveball: An Inside View of the 2020 Los Angeles Dodgers World Championship Season’’ by Tim Neverett (Permuted Press) The Dodgers’ play-by-play man describes the most unusual season in baseball history, with teams having to adhere to strict CDC rules for Covid safety.
That meant playing to empty stands, enduring relentless Covid testing, wearing masks on the field and having broadcasters announcing the games remotely.
Neverett writes that amid coronavirus outbreaks that wreaked havoc on the game schedule, the Dodgers maintained a laser focus as a team, and ultimately won the first bubbled playoffs in the history of Major League Baseball. (Nonfiction)
4. “Flight 149: A Hostage Crisis, a Secret Special Forces Unit, and the Origins of the Gulf War” by Stephen Davis (PublicAffairs) On Aug. 1, 1990, a London-to-Kuala Lumpur with 386 aboard was mysteriously assured it was safe to land and refuel in Kuwait. It wasn't.
War had broken out. So why was Flight 149 sent into the clutches of Saddam Hussein? Davis, an investigative journalist, finally got the truth from a conscience-stricken ex-MI6 officer: The British and American governments gambled with the lives of passengers on board by using BA149 to smuggle in a covert special operatives unit tasked with gathering intelligence.
But once Iraqi forces intercepted the plane on the tarmac and took passengers hostage, their lives were upended forever.
5. “Debunking the 1619 Project: Exposing the Plan to Divide America’’ by Mary Grabar (Regnery History) Grabar, a resident fellow at the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization, challenges the New York Times’s “1619 Project,” which concluded America was not founded in 1776 with a declaration of freedom and independence, but in 1619 with the introduction of African slavery into the New World.
Ever since then, the “1619 Project” argues, American history has been one long sordid tale of systemic racism. Grabar counters that the “1619 Project” is not just a bad and untruthful history, it is a danger to our national life, replacing the idea, goal, and reality of American unity with race-based obsessions that have played out in violence, riots, and the destruction of American monuments. (Nonfiction)
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