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Newsmax Rising Bestsellers — Week of Nov. 30, 2020

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Tuesday, 01 December 2020 10:02 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 Nov. 30, 2020:

  1. "The Presidents vs. the Press: The Endless Battle Between the White House and the Media — From the Founding Fathers to Fake News" by Harold Holzer (Dutton). The award-winning presidential historian reviews the history of American presidents' attacks on the press from our nation's founding to the present. Among them are George Washington, the first to complain about his treatment in the newspapers, John Adams, Abraham Lincoln, and Woodrow Wilson. He describes Theodore Roosevelt as the first president to actively manage reporters who followed him, steering coverage, and squashing stories that interfered with his agenda. Later, Franklin D. Roosevelt transformed media relations forever, holding more than a thousand presidential press conferences and harnessing the new power of radio, at times bypassing the press altogether. John F. Kennedy excelled on television and charmed reporters to hide his personal life, while Richard Nixon was the first to cast the press as a public enemy. (Nonfiction)
  2. "The Tyranny of Merit: What's Become of the Common Good?" by Michael J. Sandel (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). Sandel, a bestselling author and professor of political philosophy at Harvard University, argues that to overcome the crises that are upending our world, we must rethink the attitudes toward success and failure that have accompanied globalization and rising inequality. He offers an alternative way of thinking about success — more attentive to the role of luck in human affairs, more conducive to an ethic of humility and solidarity, and more affirming of the dignity of work." (Nonfiction)
  3. "His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, a Life" by Jonathan Alter (Simon & Schuster). In the first full-length biography of the nation's 39th president, veteran journalist Alter describes Carter's trek from barefoot boy to global icon. He covers Georgia-born Carter's early life on a farm in the 1920s without electricity or running water; his presidency in the 1970s; and his later efforts on conflict resolution, global health, and building houses for the poor. The book portrays Carter as "perhaps the most misunderstood president in American history." (Nonfiction)
  4. "The Greatest Beer Run Ever: A Memoir of Friendship, Loyalty, and War" by John "Chick" Donohue and J. T. Molloy (William Morrow). This is the memoir of Irish-American New Yorker and former U.S. Marine John Donohue, who embarked on a courageous, hare-brained scheme to deliver beer to his pals serving in Vietnam in the late 1960s. Landing in Qui Nho'n, Chick sets off on an adventure that would change his life forever — an odyssey taking him on a series of hilarious escapades and harrowing close calls, including the Tet Offensive. Peter Farrelly, who won two Academy Awards for "Green Book," is now making it into a major motion picture. (Nonfiction)
  5. "The Zealot and the Emancipator: John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, and the Struggle for American Freedom" by H.W. Brands (Doubleday). Brands, a historian and Pulitzer Prize finalist, narrates the epic struggle over slavery by abolitionist John Brown and Abraham Lincoln. When Congress opened Kansas territory to slavery in 1854, Brown and his followers waged war, tearing pro-slavery settlers from their homes and hacking them to death, and later assaulting the federal arsenal in Virginia, hoping to arm slaves for a race war. Brown's violence pointed Lincoln, an ambitious Illinois lawyer, toward a different solution: politics. After Virginia sent Brown to the gallows for treason, positioning him as a martyr, Lincoln shrewdly threaded the needle between the opposing voices of the fractured nation and won election as president. But Lincoln's fervent belief that democracy could resolve its moral crises peacefully would then face its ultimate test. (Nonfiction)

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