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 Dec. 5, 2022:
1. “The Fall of the FBI: How a Once Great Agency Became a Threat to Democracy” by Thomas J. Baker (Bombardier Books)
Many once regarded the FBI as “the world’s greatest law-enforcement agency.” But issues including politicization and scandals have eroded the once rock-solid trust Americans had in the agency. FBI veteran Thomas Baker describes how he believes key figures like Robert Mueller and James Comey harmed the reputation of the FBI, how their actions differed from previous practices of the agency, and the key events that have shaped the bureau over the decades. Filled with historical events, Baker suggests the FBI experienced a culture change following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and what this really means for the country’s past, present and future. (Nonfiction)
2. “Data Driven: Truckers, Technology, and the New Workplace Surveillance” by Karen Levy (Princeton University Press)
Did you know an ever-increasing number of long-haul truckers are being surveilled on the open road? The news may seem striking but monitoring of truckers is a worrying trend that is growing. Cornell University professor Karen Levy explains why this is happening, how federal regulators are tracking drivers and their rigs across the country, and how advanced technology watches their every move. From truck stop bars to the cabs of long-haul trucks, a creeping sense of surveillance is spreading, and Levy explains how truck drivers are resisting being monitored. Technology is everywhere in all our lives, but, for truckers in particular, it is becoming more invasive, and omnipresent. (Nonfiction)
3. “The Lion and the Fox: Two Rival Spies and the Secret Plot to Build a Confederate Navy” by Alexander Rose (Mariner Books)
A riveting story about one Union and one Confederate spy, what happens when both are dispatched to Britain just as the American Civil War begins, and why their missions mattered so much. This is the basis of Alexander Rose’s new account, detailing how Confederate spy James Bulloch and Union agent Thomas Dudley crossed paths in Liverpool, England. With Bulloch seeking to build a secret naval fleet for the Confederacy and Dudley looking to stop Bulloch by any means, the book tells the high-stakes tale between the two men, and how their moves impacted the War Between the States. (Nonfiction)
4. “Next Level: The Houston Astros’ Dominant Run to the 2022 World Series” by Gallery Sports (Triumph Books)
How did the Houston Astros have such a successful season in 2022? What exactly has made the squad of Kyle Tucker and Alex Bregman so formidable? “Next Level” takes a deep dive into the Houston Astros’ winning campaign, examining how legendary manager Dusty Baker led his team to a World Series championship, dominance of the American League, and even whispers of a dynasty in Houston. Learn how their 106-win regular season happened, how the Astros swept the Yankees, and why Yordan Alvarez’s historic Game 6 home run sealed their World Series win for the team. This retelling of the 2022 Major League Baseball season describes the success of the Astros, and how the team overwhelmed its competition enroute to glory. (Nonfiction)
5. “Wheels on Ice: Stories of Cycling in Alaska” by Jessica Cherry and Frank Soos (University of Nebraska Press)
You may not have known how important cycling is in Alaska, but Jessica Cherry and Frank Soos explain its history from introduction to the birth of the Iditabike race. Describing the dawn of cycling and why it boomed in the late 1800s in Alaska, the book examines cycling in the region from its practicality to its emergence as an endurance sport. Detailing legendary athletes including Lael Wilcox and unforgettable stories that show the true appeal of the sport, this book revs up the interest in one of Alaska’s favorite outdoor activities. (Nonfiction)
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