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 Feb. 1, 2021:
- “Unmasked: Inside Antifa's Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy” by Andy Ngo (Center Street). A journalist who's been attacked by antifa chronicles the history of the violent extremist movement in the United States. Ngo includes interviews with former followers of the group, people who've been attacked by them, and incorporates stories from his own life. (Nonfiction)
- “Chronic: The Hidden Cause of the Autoimmune Pandemic and How to Get Healthy Again” by Steven Phillips, MD, and Dana Parish (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Phillips, a Yale-trained physician, and Parish, a Lyme Disease-infected singer-songwriter who became his patient, review evidence that a broad range of common infections, from COVID-19 to Lyme and many others, cause a variety of autoimmune, psychiatric, and chronic conditions. They explore the science behind what makes these ailments difficult to diagnose and treat, and provide solutions that empower sufferers to reclaim their lives. (Nonfiction)
- “The 1776 Report” by The President’s Advisory 1776 Commission (Independently published). Under executive order, former President Donald Trump established a 20-member group called the 1776 Commission to report on the “core principles of the American founding and how these principles may be understood to further enjoyment of “the blessings of liberty.’’ In creating the group, he stated a “twisted web of lies” regarding systemic racism was currently being taught in schools and the commission's goal is to “radicalized view of American history.” (Nonfiction)
- “Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age’’ by Annalee Newitz (W. W. Norton & Company). Why were some of the most spectacular ancient cities in human history abandoned? Science journalist Annalee Newitz explores the rise and fall of four prime examples of sophisticated civilization: the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük in Central Turkey, the Roman vacation town of Pompeii on Italy’s southern coast, the medieval megacity of Angkor in Cambodia, and the indigenous metropolis Cahokia, which stood beside the Mississippi River where East St. Louis is today. Her examination of cutting-edge archaeology reveals a mix of environmental changes and political turmoil that doomed them. (Nonfiction)
- “A Holy Baptism of Fire and Blood: The Bible and the American Civil War’’ by James P. Byrd (Oxford University Press). In his overview of religious and military conflict, Byrd explains how there was no more important book to the Civil War than the Bible, which was frequently wielded as a weapon in support of both North and South. When Americans argued over the issues that divided them — slavery, secession, patriotism, authority, white supremacy, and violence — the Bible was the book they most often invoked. Even Abraham Lincoln would acknowledge the good book, proclaiming during his Second Inaugural Address that both sides "read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other.” (Nonfiction)
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