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 18, 2020:
1. “Team of Five: The Presidents Club in the Age of Trump’’ by Kate Andersen Brower (Harper). A look at the lives of five former presidents — Jimmy Carter, the late George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama — and the surprising friendships they formed through shared perspective and empathy. Brower, a veteran journalist who covered the Obama White House for Bloomberg News, also describes how each views his place in a nation upended by norm-breaking President Trump. (Non-fiction)
2. "Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World” by Dr. Vivek H. Murthy (Harper Wave). In “Together,’’ a timely release as America struggles with the COVID-19 pandemic, the nation’s 19th surgeon general discusses the importance of human connection, the hidden impact of loneliness on our health, and the social power of community. He makes a case for loneliness being a root cause and contributor to many epidemics sweeping the world today from alcohol and drug addiction to violence to depression and anxiety. Loneliness, he argues, affects not only our health, but also how our children experience school, how we perform in the workplace, and the sense of division and polarization in our society. Murthy also provides four key strategies to weather to heal our fractured social world. (Non-fiction)
3. “Relentless Pursuit: My Fight for the Victims of Jeffrey Epstein’’ by Bradley J. Edwards with Brittany Henderson (Gallery Books). The Florida-based lawyer, who has represented Jeffrey Epstein’s victims for more than a decade, details his long fight to bring the late billionaire pedophile to justice, including an international hunt to identify his shadowy network of accomplices in the U.S., Europe and the Caribbean. Edwards, who specializes in representing victims of violent and sexual crimes, alleges Epstein and his high-priced legal team were able to manipulate the FBI and Justice Department via “schemes straight out of a spy movie.’’ (Non-fiction)
4. “The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes” by Zachary D. Carter (Random House). This is a biography of arguably one of the most famous — and controversial — economists and anti-authoritarian thinkers of the 20th century. With the publication of his 1936 tome "The General Theory
of Employment, Interest and Money,’’ Keynes forever changed the way the world looked at the economy and the role of government in modern society. Here, the author examines the maverick money man’s ideas on democracy, cash flow and the good life and its with implications for today’s debates over inequality and the power politics that shape global order. (Non-fiction)
5. “Rodham: A Novel” by Curtis Sittenfeld (Random House). The best-selling author’ imagines what Hillary Rodham Clinton’s life would have been like had she not married Bill Clinton. In Sittenfeld’s scenario, Hillary blows off Bill’s marriage proposals after the couple bond at Yale Law School and over the next 40 years blazes her own trail, eventually crossing paths with her old beau again. The publisher says the novel explores “the loneliness, moral ambivalence, and iron determination that characterize the quest for political power, as well as both the exhilaration and painful compromises demanded of female ambition in a world still run mostly by men.’’ (Fiction)
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