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Newsmax Rising Bestsellers – Week of Jan. 25, 2021


Monday, 25 January 2021 10:48 AM

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 Jan. 25, 2021:

  1. "Fall: The Mysterious Life and Death of Robert Maxwell, Britain's Most Notorious Media Baron’’ by John Preston (Harper). The rise and fall of one of the most notorious media moguls of all time: Robert Maxwell. In February 1991, Maxwell triumphantly sailed into Manhattan harbor on his yacht, the Lady Ghislaine, to buy the ailing New York Daily News. Ten months later, he disappeared off that same yacht in the middle of the night and was later found dead in the water. As Preston reveals, Maxwell’s death was as mysterious as his remarkable life of ambition, hubris, narcissism, greed, power, and intrigue. Did Maxwell have a heart attack and fall overboard? Was his death suicide? Or was he murdered—possibly by Mossad or the KGB? The author investigates the puzzling case. (Nonfiction)
  2. “The Hezbollah Hiking Club: A Short Walk Across the Lebanon’’ by Dom Joly (Constable). One boozy afternoon, Beirut-born comedian Dom Joly convinces his two closest friends to agree to the unthinkable: leaving England to hike across Lebanon, from the Israeli border in the south, along the spine of the country's mountain range, all the way to the Syrian border in the north. So begins their bizarre trip which involves close calls, oddball characters, love, and laughter. The publisher calls it an “affectionate love letter” to Lebanon and its rich history, with a meditation on family and homeland at its heart. (Nonfiction)
  3. “Call Me Commander: A Former Intelligence Officer and the Journalists Who Uncovered His Scheme to Fleece America’’ by Jeff Testerman (Potomac Books). The story of how reporters sniffed out Lt. Commander Bobby Thompson, whose 60,000-strong charity, the U.S. Navy Veterans Association, was a fraud, with non-existent members and telemarketers who swindled tens of millions from well-meaning donors. After he was exposed, Thompson — who’d been photographed with President George W. Bush, Sen. John McCain and other top politicians — went on the run. U.S. Marshals took up the hunt in 2011 and found themselves searching for an unnamed identity thief who they likened to a real-life Jason Bourne. When finally captured in 2012, Thompson was carrying multiple IDs and a key to a locker that held nearly $1 million in cash. But who was he? Testerman, one of the reporters on the story, digs out the truth. (Nonfiction)
  4. “The Good American: The Epic Life of Bob Gersony, the U.S. Government's Greatest Humanitarian” by Robert D. Kaplan (Random House). This is a biography of Bob Gersony, a little known State Department consultant who spent 40 years in crisis zones around the world and quietly became one of its most influential humanitarians.

    Gersony, a high school dropout later awarded a Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam, conducted on-the-ground research for the U.S. in virtually every war and natural-disaster zone in the world. In Thailand, Central and South America, Sudan, Chad, Mozambique, Rwanda, Gaza, Bosnia, North Korea, Iraq, and beyond, he entered dangerous areas that diplomats could not reach, sometimes risking his life. And his behind-the scenes fact-finding often challenged the assumptions and perceived wisdom of the powers that be, on both the left and the right. According to author Kaplan, in nearly every case, Gersony’s advice and recommendations made American policy at once smarter and more humane — often dramatically so. (Nonfiction)
  5. “Robert E. Lee and Me: A Southerner's Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause,’’ by Ty Seidule (St. Martin’s Press). Seidule, a retired brigadier general and professor emeritus of History at West Point, grew up revering Robert E. Lee and believing Confederates were underdogs who lost the Civil War with honor. But his view has radically changed. He now challenges the idea of honoring those who labored to preserve that system and committed treason in their failed attempt to achieve it. He also seeks to understand why the facts of the Civil War have remained buried beneath layers of myth and, he believes,  even outright lies. (Nonfiction)

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