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 31, 2021:
1. “The Man I Knew: The Amazing Story of George H. W. Bush's Post-Presidency” by Jean Becker (Grand Central Publishing) Becker, Bush’s chief of staff for nearly twenty-five years, offers a behind-the-scenes look at his life after a devastating loss to Bill Clinton in 1992.
In this new memoir, she describes Bush’s post-presidency journey as one of determination, courage, humor, fun, and big ideas: He became best friends with the man who defeated him; developed the odd habit of jumping out of airplanes; and learned how to adjust to life in a wheelchair, after having lived most of his life as a high-energy athlete. And he joyously saw two sons become governors of their states, one of whom would go on to the White House. (Nonfiction)
2. “An American Marriage: The Untold Story of Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd’’ by Michael Burlingame (Pegasus) Based on thirty years of research, Burlingame’s book describes and analyzes why Lincoln, the first Republican president, had good reason to regret his marriage to Mary Todd. Among the Lincoln scholar’s findings: as First Lady, Mary accepted bribes and kickbacks; sold permits and pardons; engaged in extortion; and peddled influence. The author theorizes that Lincoln wed Todd because, “in all likelihood, she seduced him and then insisted that he protect her honor.’’ As well, the Burlingame writes, the 5’2” Mrs. Lincoln often physically abused 6-foot-4 Abe, as well as her children and servants, and she humiliated her husband in public. (Nonfiction)
3. “SIX POPES: A Son of the Church Remembers” by Monsignor Hilary C. Franco (Humanix Books) The 88-year-old Franco — one highest and most influential figures of the Roman Catholic Church h— describes serving under Popes John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul I, John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis. As a priest, Franco travelled the world, and he recounts harrowing experiences in the Deep South in the early 1960s, his work at the Vatican Councils that redefined the Church, and his time posted at the Church’s diplomatic missions. He also writes about his days as a special assistant to Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen and his current role as Advisor at the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the UN. (Nonfiction)
4. “Heart and Steel’’ by Bill Cowher with Michael Holley (Atria Books) The Super Bowl-winning coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers and current co-host of CBS's “The NFL Today’’ details his legendary career and turbulent personal life in this new memoir. A star linebacker at North Carolina State, Cowher went on to play for the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles before injuries ended his playing career. He remade himself as a successful coach with the Steelers, but suffered personal tragedies when he lost his beloved wife, Kaye, and father, Laird, within three months of one another. It forced him, yet again, to summon that resiliency to unearth a stronger version of himself and be a superlative dad to his three daughters. (Nonfiction)
5. “Americanon’’ by Jess McHugh (Dutton) The true history of thirteen of the nation’s most popular books, including “Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography,” “How to Win Friends and Influence People,’' “Webster's Dictionary,” “Emily Post’s Etiquette,’’ The Farmer’s Almanac’’ and "Betty Crocker’s Picture Cook Book’’ —foundational texts that McHugh says informed the values and habits of millions of Americans and shaped our understanding of the American story. (Nonfiction)
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