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 September 6, 2021:
1. “Ordinary Heroes: A Memoir of 9/11’’ by Joseph Pfeifer (Portfolio)
Pfiefer was the first FDNY chief to respond to the 9/11 attacks. He and his crew were investigating a suspected gas leak in downtown Manhattan when the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center, and then the second.
On the 20th anniversary of that nightmarish day, Pfeifer describes the horrific scene and the courage of firefighters who ran into the burning towers to save others. And he chronicles how the first responders dealt with their numbing grief over the weeks and months that followed. (Nonfiction)
2. “A Good Long Drive: Fifty Years of Texas Country Reporter’’ by Bob Phillips (University of Texas Press) This year, Texas Country Reporter is celebrating its 50th season on the air. Broadcast every week on stations across Texas, it focuses on “ordinary people doing extraordinary things.” Creator and host Bob Phillips describes his travels along the back roads of the Lone Star State, listening to less-famous Texans tell their stories.
He also discusses his chats with celebrities like Willie Nelson and Tom Landry. (Nonfiction)
3. “Countdown bin Laden: The Untold Story of the 247-Day Hunt to Bring the Mastermind of 9/11 to Justice” by Chris Wallace with Mitch Weiss (Avid Reader Press/Simon & Schuster)
An in-depth account of the final eight months of intelligence-gathering, national security strategizing, and meticulous military planning that led to SEAL TEAM SIX’S climactic mission to kill bin Laden.
It includes new interviews with more than a dozen central figures, including Admiral William McRaven — leader of the operation in Pakistan — as well as CIA Director Leon Panetta, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, and two members of the team who participated in the raid, including the Special Operator who shot dead bin Laden. (Non-Fiction)
4. “Forever Young’’ by Hayley Mills (Grand Central Publishing)
The memoir of the Oscar-winning former child star who starred in some of Walt Disney’s biggest hits of the 1960s, including The Parent Trap, Pollyanna and That Darn Cat! Mills, now 75, recounts her chaotic plunge into Hollywood, her childhood impressions of the wild and glamorous lifestyle she was swept into.
She also delves into her relationship with Disney, as well as the emotional challenges of being bound to a wholesome, youthful public image as she grew into her later teen years, and how that impacted her and her choices — including marrying a producer over 30 years her senior when she was 20. (Nonfiction)
5. “The Strongman: Vladimir Putin and the Struggle for Russia” by Angus Roxburgh (Bloomsbury)
Russia under Vladimir Putin has proved a prickly partner for the West, a far cry from the democratic ally many hoped for when the Soviet Union collapsed.
Abroad, he has used Russia's energy might as a foreign policy weapon, while at home he has cracked down on opponents, adamant that only he has the right vision for his country's future. Former BBC correspondent Roxburgh charts the dramatic fight for Russia’s future under Vladimir Putin — how the former KGB man changed from reformer to autocrat, how he sought the West's respect but earned its fear, how he cracked down on his rivals at home and burnished a flamboyant personality cult, one day saving snow leopards or horseback riding barechested, the next tongue-lashing Western audiences. (Nonfiction)
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