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 July 12, 2021:
1. “An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook's Battle for Domination’’ by Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia King (Harper) Two New York Times reporters expose the behind-the-scenes story of Facebook’s fall from grace, which they say came amid claims the social media giant mishandled users’ data, spread fake news, and amplified dangerous, polarizing hate speech.
Time after time, the authors write, Facebook’s engineers were instructed to create tools that encouraged people to spend as much time on the platform as possible, even as those same tools boosted inflammatory rhetoric, conspiracy theories, and partisan filter bubbles.
And while consumers and lawmakers focused their outrage on privacy breaches and misinformation, Facebook solidified its role as the world’s most voracious data-mining machine, posting record profits, and shoring up its dominance via aggressive lobbying efforts. (Nonfiction)
2. “American Marxism’’ by Mark R. Levin (Threshold Editions) The conservative radio host explains his belief that the core elements of Marxist ideology are now pervasive in American society and culture —from schools, the press, and corporations, to Hollywood, the Democratic Party, and the Biden presidency.
And it’s resulted in the widespread brainwashing of students, the anti-American purposes of Critical Race Theory and the Green New Deal, and the escalation of repression and censorship to silence opposing voices and enforce conformity, he says.
“The counter-revolution to the American Revolution is in full force,’’ Levin writes. “And it can no longer be dismissed or ignored for it is devouring our society and culture, swirling around our everyday lives, and ubiquitous in our politics, schools, media, and entertainment.” (Nonfiction)
3. “Checkmate in Berlin: The Cold War Showdown That Shaped the Modern World” by Giles Milton (Henry Hold & Company) Milton looks at the race to seize Berlin in the aftermath of World War II. As agreed at the 1945 Yalta Conference, the city, along with the rest of Germany, was to be carved up among the victorious powers— the U.S., Britain, France, and the Soviet Union.
On paper, it seemed like a pragmatic solution. In reality, once the four powers were no longer united by the common purpose of defeating Germany, they wasted little time reverting to their prewar hostility toward — and suspicion of — one another. Rival systems, rival ideologies, and rival personalities ensured that the German capital became an explosive battleground. (Nonfiction)
4. “Taken at Birth: Stolen Babies, Hidden Lies, and My Journey to Finding Home’’ by Jane Blasio (Baker Publishing Group) From the 1940s through the 1960s, young pregnant women entered the front door of a clinic in the small North Georgia town of McCaysville.
Sometimes their babies exited out the back, sold to northern couples who were desperate to hold a newborn in their arms.
But these weren't adoptions — they were transactions. And one unethical doctor was exploiting other people's tragedies.
When the author found out she was one of those babies, she embarked on a decades-long investigation to not only discover her own origins but identify and reunite other victims of the Hicks Clinic human trafficking scheme. (Nonfiction)
5. “The Key Man: The True Story of How the Global Elite Was Duped by a Capitalist Fairy Tale” by Simon Clark and Will Louch (Harper Business) Two Wall Street Journal reporters chronicle the life of
Arif Naqvi, a charismatic businessman who Bill Gates, Western governments, and deep-pocket investors entrusted with billions of dollars to make profits and end poverty — but who now stands accused of masterminding one of the biggest, most brazen financial frauds ever and may face 291 years in jail if convicted on fraud and racketeering charges.
The authors say the global elite was duped by a capitalist fairytale and shine a light on efforts to clean up global capital flows even as opaque private equity firms amass trillions of dollars and offshore tax havens cast a veil of secrecy which prevents regulators, investors and citizens from understanding what’s really going on in the finance industry. (Nonfiction)
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