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 June 15, 2020:
- “The Hardest Job in the World: The American Presidency” by John Dickerson (Random House). The “60 Minutes’’ correspondent argues the American presidency is in trouble, having become overburdened, misunderstood and almost impossible to do. “Americans need their president to succeed, but the presidency is set up for failure. It doesn’t have to be,” writes Dickerson, who explores presidential leadership from Washington, Lincoln, FDR, and Eisenhower to LBJ, Reagan, the Bushes, Obama and Trump. Ultimately, he suggests, Americans need to adjust their expectations, and be more realistic about the goals, the requirements, and the limitations of the office. (Nonfiction)
- “The Scourge of War: The Life of William Tecumseh Sherman’’ by Brian Holden Reid (Oxford University Press). Sherman, a Union Army general whose scorched-earth march from Atlanta to Savannah helped end the Confederacy, gained a reputation as a military villain who practiced barbaric destruction. Historian Reid examines Sherman’s childhood, education, business ventures and stint as superintendent of what is now Louisiana State University, showing how unlikely his exceptional Civil War career would seem. He analyzes Sherman's development as a battlefield commander and how he rose above his weaknesses as a leader and severe depression to become a top military strategist. (Nonfiction)
- “Rediscipling the White Church: From Cheap Diversity to True Solidarity” by David W. Swanson (InterVarsity Press). Swanson, pastor of New Community Covenant Church, a multicultural congregation in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood, argues that many white Christians instinctively scramble to add diversity to their churches and ministries in answer to the nation’s deep-rooted racial injustices. But, he contends, discipleship, not diversity, is at the heart of white churches' racial unevenness and they must examine how faulty discipleship led to segregation in the first place. Swanson proposes we rethink our churches' liturgies to include communal discipleship practices that "can reform us as members of Christ's diverse body.” (Nonfiction)
- “Revolver: Sam Colt and the Six-Shooter That Changed America’’ by Jim Rasenberger (Scribner). A new biography of the inventor of the legendary Colt revolver which changed the U.S. forever — helping the Union Army win the Civil War, triggering the Industrial Revolution and playing a key role in settling the American West. Patented in 1836, Colt’s “six-shooter’’ with its revolving cylinder was the first practical firearm that could fire more than one bullet without reloading. It became the iconic weapon of gun-slingers, outlaws, and cowboys. The author also looks at Colt’s uproarious life as world traveler, womanizer, boozer, smuggler and briber of politicians. (Nonfiction)
- “Empires of the Sky: Zeppelins, Airplanes, and Two Men's Epic Duel to Rule the World’’ by Alexander Rose (Random House). Rose, a noted historian, chronicles the “Golden Age of Aviation,’’ when huge, gas-filled airships battled airplanes for the future of commercial air travel. It begins with Germany's Count von Zeppelin vying with the Wright Brothers to build the world's first successful flying machine, sparking a bitter rivalry that would last for decades. The zeppelin would literally meet a fiery end with the explosion and crash of the Hindenburg in 1936. (Nonfiction)
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