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Newsmax Rising Bestsellers – Week of Dec. 7, 2020

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Tuesday, 08 December 2020 11:18 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 Dec. 7, 2020:

1. “Unsinkable: Five Men and the Indomitable Run of the USS Plunkett” by James Sullivan (Scribner). A vivid account of the plight of the USS Plunkett, a U.S. Navy destroyer that sustained the most harrowing attack on any Navy ship during World War II, when a dozen-odd German bombers bore down on it. After a three-month overhaul, the Plunkett plunged back into the war at Omaha Beach on D-Day, and once again into battle during the invasion of Southern France. The book is based on Navy logs, war diaries, action reports, letters, journals, memoirs, and dozens of interviews with the men who were on the ship and their families. (Nonfiction)

2. “Betraying the Nobel: The Secrets and Corruption Behind the Nobel Peace Prize” by Unni Turrettini (Pegagsus). Turrettini, an international lawyer, investigates the darker side of the famed award. In the years surrounding World Wars I and II, the Nobel Prize became a beacon of hope and an inspiration around the world. But Alfred Nobel made the mistake of leaving it to the Norwegian Parliament to elect members of the Peace Prize committee, which has filled it with politicians more loyal to their party’s agenda than to the prize's prerogative. As a result, winners are often a result of political expediency. According to the publisher, the author delves into the often corrupt history of the prize, examining what the committee hoped to obtain by its choices, including the now-infamously awarded Cordell Hull, as well as Henry Kissinger, Al Gore, and Barack Obama. Turrettini also shows how the effects of increased media attention have turned the Nobel into a popularity prize. (Nonfiction)

3. “Eleanor’’ by David Michaelis (Simon & Schuster). A new biography of Eleanor Roosevelt, America’s longest-serving First Lady, describing how the orphaned niece of President Theodore Roosevelt converted her Gilded Age childhood of denial and secrecy into an irreconcilable marriage with her ambitious fifth cousin Franklin. Despite their inability to make each other happy, Franklin Roosevelt transformed Eleanor from a settlement house volunteer on New York’s Lower East Side into a matching partner in New York’s most important power couple in a generation.

She would go on to be the architect of international human rights and world citizen of the Atomic Age, urging Americans to cope with the anxiety of global annihilation by cultivating a “world mind.”

4. “The Last American Aristocrat: The Brilliant Life and Improbable Education of Henry Adams’’ by David S. Brown (Scribner). Adams, one of America’s most prominent writers and intellectuals of his era, contributed to America’s dramatic transition from “colonial” to “modern.” The last member of his distinguished family — after great-grandfather John Adams, and grandfather John Quincy Adams — Henry not only lived through the Civil War and Industrial Revolution but he met Abraham Lincoln, bowed before Queen Victoria, and counted powerful figures, including Secretary of State John Hay, Sen. Henry Cabot Lodge, and President Theodore Roosevelt, as friends and neighbors. His observations of these men and their policies in his private letters provide a penetrating assessment of Gilded Age America on the cusp of the modern era. (Nonfiction)

5. “The Deepest South of All: True Stories from Natchez, Mississippi” by Richard Grant (Simon & Schuster). Natchez, Mississippi, once had more millionaires per capita than anywhere else in America, and its wealth was built on slavery and cotton. Today it has the greatest concentration of antebellum mansions in the South, and a culture full of unexpected contradictions. Prominent white families dress up in hoopskirts and Confederate uniforms for ritual celebrations of the Old South, yet Natchez is also progressive enough to elect a gay black man for mayor with 91% of the vote.

Grant depicts a strange, eccentric town with an unforgettable cast of characters that offers a gripping portrait of a complex American place, as it struggles to break free from the past and confront the legacy of slavery. (Nonfiction)

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