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 23, 2020:
1. “How the South Won the Civil War: Oligarchy, Democracy, and the Continuing Fight for the Soul of America’’ by Heather Cox Richardson (Oxford University Press). Richardson, a professor of history at Boston College, argues that while the North prevailed in the Civil War, ending slavery and giving the country a "new birth of freedom," democracy's blood-soaked victory was ephemeral. She says the system that sustained the defeated South moved westward and established a foothold. As resources and people streamed into the West during the New Deal and World War II, the region's influence, led by westerners Barry Goldwater, Richard Nixon, and Ronald Reagan, claimed to embody cowboy individualism and worked with Dixiecrats to embrace the ideology of the Confederacy, according to the author. (Nonfiction)
2. “Fortitude: American Resilience in the Era of Outrage,” by Dan Crenshaw (Twelve). In 2012, on his third tour of duty in Afghanistan, an improvised explosive device left Navy SEAL Dan Crenshaw's right eye destroyed and his left blinded. Only through the careful hand of his surgeons, and what doctors called a miracle, did Crenshaw's left eye recover partial vision. And yet, he persevered, completing two more deployments. He earned two Bronze Star Medals, one with Valor, the Purple Heart, and the Navy Commendation Medal with Valor. In “Fortitude,’’ Crenshaw — now a Texas congressman — tells how to find the strength to deal with everything from menial daily frustrations to truly difficult challenges. (Nonfiction)
3. “Arguing with Socialists,’’ by Glenn Beck (Threshold Editions). The nationally-syndicated, conservative radio host and founder of TheBlaze television network, debunks the socialist arguments that have once again become popular, and proves the free market is the only way to go. He lampoons the resurgence of this “bankrupt leftist philosophy’’ with thousands of stories, facts, arguments and easy-to-understand graphics. He argues that “this new shiny socialism is just the same as the old one: a costly and dangerous failure that leaves desperation, poverty, and bodies in its wake.’’ (Nonfiction)
4. “Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs,’’ by Dr. Michael Osterholm and Mark Olshaker (Little Brown Spark). This book by Osterholm, a renowned epidemiologist at the forefront of public health preparedness, an Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Mark Olshaker, was released exactly two years ago, but is now more timely than ever. The authors discuss the war on infectious diseases and epidemics that can disrupt everyday life on a global scale, overwhelming public and private resources and bringing trade and transportation to a grinding halt. They argue that while it’s now easier than ever to move people, animals, and materials around the planet, the same advances that make modern infrastructure so efficient have made epidemics and even pandemics nearly inevitable. They also explore the resources and programs which must be developed to keep the world safe from infectious disease. (Nonfiction)
5. “Madame Fourcade's Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France's Largest Spy Network Against Hitler,’’ by Lynne Olson (Random House). Olson, an award-winning historian delves into the story of Marie-Madeleine Fourcade, a 31-year-old Frenchwoman — a young mother born to privilege and known for her beauty and glamour — who in 1941 became the leader of her country’s secret resistance movement against Hitler’s Gestapo. The Nazis in turn pursued Fourcade’s group relentlessly, capturing, torturing, and executing hundreds of her 3,000 three agents, including her own lover. As a result, she was forced to move the group’s headquarters every few weeks, constantly changing her hair color, clothing, and identity. And while she was captured twice by the Nazis, both times she managed to escape—once by slipping naked through the bars of her jail cell—and continued to hold her network together even as it repeatedly threatened to crumble around her. (Nonfiction)
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