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 June 13, 2022:
1. "The Nation That Never Was: Reconstructing America's Story’’ by Kermit Roosevelt III (University of Chicago Press)
The great-great-grandson of Teddy Roosevelt and onetime law clerk of U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter, argues that America’s fundamental values, particularly equality, are not part of the vision of the Founders. Instead, he says, they were stated in Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and were the hope of Reconstruction and a nation committed to liberty and equality. According to Roosevelt, modern Americans are not the heirs of the Founders, but of the people who overthrew and destroyed that political order — and this alternate understanding of our identity can open the door to a better America. (Nonfiction)
2. “Saving Nine: The Fight Against the Left’s Audacious Plan to Pack the Supreme Court and Destroy American Liberty” by Sen. Mike Lee (Center Street)
The outspoken lawmaker and respected member of the Senate Judiciary Committee describes what he says is the left’s partisan push to pack the Supreme Court with liberal justices — a plan that has fully migrated from the fringes into the mainstream of Democratic politics. Lee warns that such a dangerous norm-shattering precedent could turn the Supreme Court into just another partisan weapon. (Nonfiction)
3. “The Facemaker: A Visionary Surgeon's Battle to Mend the Disfigured Soldiers of World War I’’ by Lindsey Fitzharris (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux)
This tells the true story of Harold Gillies, a visionary surgeon who rebuilt the burned and disfigured faces of the injured heroes of World War I and in the process ushered in the modern era of plastic surgery. Gillies established one of the world’s first hospitals dedicated entirely to facial reconstruction, raising the spirits of thousands of men who would otherwise be thought of as monsters by a society largely intolerant of disfigurement. (Nonfiction)
4. “Five Decembers’’ by James Kestrel (Hard Case Crime)
Winner of the 2022 Edgar Award for Best Novel, this fast-paced thriller by lawyer-turned-novelist Kestrel follows a Honolulu detective whose life is upended when he’s sent to investigate a pair of grisly murders just before the start of World War II. It’s a dangerous assignment that takes him across the Pacific to Hong Kong and Tokyo as Japan readies its attack on Pearl Harbor. Praised by Stephen King as “a hard-as-nails mystery/suspense/noir … One hell of a good story." (Fiction)
5. “Helltown: The Untold Story of a Serial Killer on Cape Cod’’ by Casey Sherman (Sourcebooks)
It’s 1969. The hippie scene is vibrant in Provincetown, Mass., with long-haired teens roaming the streets, strumming guitars and preaching about peace and love. Into the mix comes Tony Costa — a serial killer using his Manson-like charm and hallucinogenic drugs to put the kids under his spell. Then young women begin to disappear. Meanwhile, local writers Kurt Vonnegut and Norman Mailer are locked in a desperate race to secure their legacies as literary icons ― and they both set their sights on Costa and the drug-soaked hippie culture he embodies as their next promising subject, igniting competitive fires between two of the greatest American writers. (Nonfiction)
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