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Newsmax Rising Bestsellers – Week of Dec. 9, 2019

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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 Dec. 09, 2019:

1. “Guilt by Association: The Challenge of Proving Innocence in the Age of #MeToo,” by Alan Dershowitz. (Hot Books) The renowned civil-rights attorney takes on one of the most challenging cases of his illustrious career – defending himself against lurid accusations of sex with a minor. Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who says she was Jeffrey Epstein’s teenage “sex slave,” claims the billionaire pedophile lent her to Dershowitz for sex and is suing him for defamation for calling her a liar. The Harvard Law Professor Emeritus, who’s countersuing, categorically denies Giuffre’s charges and in this short, powerful book, presents an in‑depth analysis of the accusations, alongside the exculpatory evidence he says proves his account, including emails from his accuser and an admission of his innocence from her lawyer David Boies. Dershowitz also examines the current attitudes toward charges of sexual misconduct, which are today, in the age of #MeToo, he argues, accepted as implicit truth without giving the accused a fair chance to defend themselves. (Non-fiction)

2. “The Rifleman,” by Oliver North (Fidelis Books) The decorated Marine, military historian and conservative political commentator describes his new fact-based novel as the story of Daniel Morgan and his courageous riflemen who played a crucial role in George Washington’s victory in the American Revolution. “Though this is a work of fiction, readers may be surprised to discover the American Revolution was also one of the most ‘un-civil’ of Civil Wars,” says North, who got the idea for “The Rifleman” when he visited an old gristmill that Morgan and Nathaniel Burwell, a fellow Revolutionary War veteran, built in the late 1700s in Clarke County, Virginia, and “I became fascinated by this unsung American hero.” American history buffs take note. (Fiction)

3. “Never Look Back,’’ by Alison Gaylin (William Morrow) Gaylin has quickly become America’s Queen of Noir with her tightly-plotted, psychological suspense thrillers and this may be her best yet. In “Never Look Back,’’ a young podcast producer investigates the rampage of a pair of teenage murderers April Cooper and Gabriel LeRoy, who 40 years earlier terrorized Southern California before perishing in a fire. Or did they? New evidence reveals that April may still be alive – and active. Gaylin, an Edgar-award-winning scribe, keeps you guessing – and turning the pages as rapidly as possible. (Fiction)

4. ‘‘An Impeccable Spy: Richard Sorge, Stalin’s Master Agent,’’ by Owen Matthews (Bloomsbury) This is the spy story to top all spy stories: the extraordinary life of Richard Sorge, whom James Bond creator Ian Fleming dubbed “the most formidable’’ espionage man in world history. Born of two homelands to a German father and a Russian mother in 1895, Sorge became a fanatical communist and the Soviet Union's most valuable spy -- an effortless seducer who combined charm with ruthless manipulation. Matthews tells how Sorge infiltrated and influenced the highest echelons of German, Chinese and Japanese society in the years leading up to and including the Second World War and how his shrewd intelligence determined its outcome. With his love of fast cars and women and his success in carrying out death-defying missions, Sorge is a real-life Agent 007. (Non-fiction)

5. ‘‘Trust Exercise’’ by Susan Choi (Henry Holt and Co.) This one’s winning tons of prizes, including the National Book Award for Fiction and a nod as one of The New York Times’ 10 best books of the year – and, yes, it lives up to the hype. Choi takes us to an American suburb in the early 1980s, where two students at a highly competitive performing arts high school fall headlong into love – a passion that’s tinkered with by their charismatic acting teacher. It all leads to an explosive spiral of events that keep Choi’s wholly original and compelling plot barreling toward a stunning coda. This one grabs you from Page 1. (Fiction)

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