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 Dec. 21, 2020:
- "First Principles: What America's Founders Learned From the Greeks and Romans and How That Shaped Our Country" by Thomas E. Ricks (Harper). Ricks, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, delves into the philosophy and literature that shaped the thinking of our first four American presidents and reviews the letters they wrote to each other debating these crucial works — among them the "Iliad," Plutarch's "Lives," and the works of Xenophon, Epicurus, Aristotle, Cato, and Cicero. George Washington absorbed it mainly from the elite culture of his day; John Adams from the laws and rhetoric of Rome; Thomas Jefferson immersed himself in classical philosophy, especially Epicureanism; and James Madison, both a groundbreaking researcher and a deft politician, spent years studying the ancient world like a political scientist. Each of their experiences, and distinctive learning, played an essential role in the formation of the United States. (Nonfiction)
- "Modern Warriors: Real Stories From Real Heroes" by Pete Hegseth (Broadside Books). The decorated combat veteran and television host shares inspiring stories from 15 of America's greatest heroes, including Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, Marines, Purple Heart recipients, and combat pilots. These modern day warriors discuss what inspired them to serve, how they handle loss, and what civilians can learn from this latest generation of veterans. (Nonfiction)
- "A Basket of Deplorables: What I Saw Inside the Clinton White House" by Linda Tripp with Dennis Carstens (Post Hill Press). Tripp, a member of the permanent White House staff during the Clinton administration, details sex scandals surrounding Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary Clinton. According to the publisher, this exposé provides a "compelling insider's look at a political marriage that tore apart the nation and almost destroyed a presidency — from the woman who saw it all happen." (Nonfiction)
- "No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality" by Michael J. Fox (Flatiron Books). The beloved actor from "Back to the Future," "Family Ties," and "Spin City" describes his 30-year battle with Parkinson's disease and shares personal stories and observations about illness and health, aging, the strength of family and friends, and how our perceptions about time affect the way we approach mortality. Fox also tells of his recent medical crisis, a spinal cord issue that necessitated immediate surgery, and his challenge to learn how to walk again, only to suffer a devastating fall. (Nonfiction)
- "Slanted: How the News Media Taught Us to Love Censorship and Hate Journalism" by Sharyl Attkisson (Harper). The five-time Emmy Award-winning journalist investigates what she says is the media's misreporting on Black Lives Matter, COVID-19, Joe Biden, Silicon Valley censorship, and other big stories. Attkisson believes when the facts don't fit their narrative, media outlets abandon the facts — and that virtually every piece of information has been massaged, shaped, curated, and manipulated before it reaches you. She interviews top news executives and reporters on their feelings about today's news reporting (Nonfiction)
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