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 May 23, 2022:
1. “Here’s the Deal: A Memoir” by Kellyanne Conway (Threshold Editions) Donald Trump hired Conway, a highly respected pollster for corporate and Republican clients, to direct his 2016 run for the White House. She would become the first woman in American history to manage a winning presidential campaign and one of the most trusted members of Trump’s inner circle. In this dishy memoir, Conway describes her loyalty to Trump and the inner workings of his administration, blasts Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner as a know-it-all and hints her marriage to anti-Trumper George Conway may not last. (Nonfiction)
2. “The Four Ages of American Foreign Policy: Weak Power, Great Power, Superpower, Hyperpower’’ by Michael Mandelbaum (Oxford University Press) How our foreign policy evolved through history, with the United States beginning as a weak power from 1765 to 1865, morphing into a great power between 1865 and 1945, a superpower in the years 1945 to 1990, and finally as the world's sole hyper power. Mandelbaum details the major events and important personalities in the foreign policy of each era. Despite differences, American foreign policy, the author believes, overall has been “unusually ideological, unusually economic, and unusually democratic.’’ (Nonfiction)
3. “Secret City: The Hidden History of Gay Washington’’ by James Kirchick (Henry Holt and Co.) Kirchick, a gay, conservative journalist, examines the history of homosexuality in the nation’s capital, and how the Cold War and fear of communism led to a purge of gay men and lesbians from the federal government. The author says cultural and political anxiety over gay people sparked decades-long witch hunts, impacting everything from the rivalry between the CIA and the FBI to the ascent of Joseph McCarthy, the struggle for Black civil rights, and the rise of the conservative movement. Among other revelations in the book: the story of a World War II–era gay spymaster who pioneered seduction as a tool of American espionage; the devoted aide whom Lyndon Johnson treated as a son yet abandoned once his homosexuality was discovered, and how allegations of a “homosexual ring” controlling Ronald Reagan nearly derailed his 1980 election victory. The book contains never before seen declassified documents and long-buried material from presidential libraries and archives around the country. (Nonfiction)
4. "When Giants Ruled the Sky: The Brief Reign and Tragic Demise of the American Rigid Airship” by John G. Geoghegan (The History Press) Prior to the Hindenburg disaster, airships transported passengers without a single casualty for more than 20 years, a record unmatched by any other form of transportation. Geoghegan tells the little-known story of the USS Macon, the world’s largest, most expensive and most technologically advanced airship of her day, and the four men responsible for conceiving, designing, building, and flying her. He reveals how the American airship came within a hair’s breadth of replacing planes, trains, and ocean liners as the dominant form of long-distance transportation — and exactly what went wrong. (Nonfiction)
5. “The Watermen: The Birth of American Swimming and One Young Man's Fight to Capture Olympic Gold’’ by Michael Loynd (Ballantine Books) Loynd, a sports lawyer, tells the dramatic, underdog story of the first American swimmer to win Olympic gold medal, set against the turbulent rebirth of the modern Games. In the early 20th century, few Americans knew how to swim, and swimming as a competitive sport was almost unheard of — until Charles Daniels, a scrawny teen from a troubled high-society family in New York City, took to the water. Catching the eyes of two coaches set on building a U.S. swim program that could rival the British empire’s 70-year domination of the sport, Daniels appeared to be their breakout star. But jealous British judges set a trap in a bid to ensure the American upstart’s defeat. Did they succeed? (Nonfiction)
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