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Newsmax Rising Bestsellers – Week of Dec. 26, 2022

Newsmax Rising Bestsellers – Week of Dec. 26, 2022
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By    |   Monday, 26 December 2022 02:20 PM EST

This week’s tomes take us from the American Civil War to the age of semi-conductors and the role they play in today’s society. We’ll also learn that “clean, green” energy may not be as clean and green as its proponents would have us believe. We’ll also take a look back at one of the most beloved — and hated — voices in conservative talk radio, and just for fun, take a walk on the wild side in a riveting new legal thriller.

Here are this week’s Newsmax picks:

And There Was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle,” by Jon Meacham (Random House)

Pulitzer Prize-winning and New York Times bestselling presidential biographer Jon Meacham does it again with “And There Was Light.” He chronicles the life and moral evolution of our 16th president and explores how and why he addressed the secession of the South from the union, as well as the evil of slavery, in order to reaffirm America’s greatness. “And There Was Light” depicts the story of Lincoln from his humble beginnings and self-education on the Kentucky frontier, through his rise in politics (often marked with failure), to his leadership during the Civil War, and ending with his assassination at Ford’s Theater by actor-activist John Wilkes Booth on Good Friday in 1865. A present-day nation polarized into political crisis can learn much from this story of a Civil War president, who was both hailed and hated, revered and reviled. The way in which Lincoln dealt with each crisis demonstrates both the possibilities and the limitations of the office. (Nonfiction)

The Boys from Biloxi: A Legal Thriller,” by John Grisham (Doubleday)

Lawyer, former state lawmaker, and New York Times bestselling novelist Grisham, who has written nearly 30 consecutive No. 1 fiction bestsellers, offers his latest: “Boys from Biloxi.” This sleepy gulf-front Mississippi city has been known during the last century for its sugar-white beaches, prompting a strong resort economy, and its seafood industry, especially shrimp. But the money all this generates attracts a darker side, including gambling, prostitution, bootleg liquor, drugs, and even murder for hire. The vice was controlled by a small cabal of mobsters, many of them rumored to be members of the Dixie Mafia. Grisham’s latest novel tells the story of two childhood friends and Little League all-stars whose fathers take their lives in different directions — and on opposite sides of the law. The father of one is a prosecuting attorney determined to clean up the town. The father of the second is a ruthless Dixie Mafia mob boss. It culminates in a riveting courtroom showdown. (Fiction)

Chip War: The Quest to Dominate the World's Most Critical Technology,” by Chris Miller (Scribner)

Just as oil was the commodity that made and broke businesses and economies during the turn of the 20th century, computer microchips can do the same during the 21st century. Everything requires chips nowadays, from the most advanced spacecraft to the simplest of “talking” children’s toys. Automobile assembly lines can come to a standstill for the lack of a chip to insert into the vehicles. Today, chip-builders in Taiwan, South Korea, Europe, and especially China have surpassed what was until recently America’s dominance in the industry to develop and market increasingly smaller, faster, and more powerful computer chips. Economic historian Chris Miller explains how America has let key components of the chip-building process slip out of its grasp, contributing not only to a worldwide chip shortage, but also a new Cold War with a superpower adversary that is desperate to bridge the gap and maintain dominance. (Nonfiction)

Cobalt Red: How the Blood of the Congo Powers Our Lives,” by Siddharth Kara (St. Martin’s Press)

The dirty little secret of “clean,” renewable energy sources like wind and solar is that it isn’t so clean as environmentalists and politicians would have us believe. While fossil-fuel energy sources are easily stored in simple, low-tech tanks, energy from renewables can only be stored in batteries — banks upon banks of expensive, high-tech lithium-ion batteries — all of which require cobalt to manufacture. “Cobalt Red” takes the reader to the cobalt mines deep in the heart of Congo (also known as the Democratic Republic of Congo and previously as Zaire) and describes through interviews the huge human toll it takes as children are forced to work the mines in back-breaking labor. Many even die from working the toxic mine pits. In addition to storing energy from renewable sources, lithium-ion batteries charge our smartphones, our notebook computers, as well as electric vehicles. And as everyone who has owned one of these items knows, the batteries are good for only a limited number of charges. After that they pile up as hazardous in our landfills. (Nonfiction)

Radio's Greatest of All Time,” by Rush Limbaugh, Kathryn Limbaugh & David Limbaugh (Threshold Editions)

Rush Limbaugh was the undisputed king of talk radio to millions of dedicated listeners for more than 30 years, who tuned in each day to hear him deliver his conservative messages, dispensed with a heavy dose of humor. It was his ability to relate to his devoted audience that led to former President Donald Trump surprising him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during his 2020 State of the Union address. A year later the nation lost Rush and conservatives lost their strongest and most effective advocate. But his message lives on in this collection of the very best of his broadcasts. The book came at the suggestion of his friend, the late Vince Flynn. Rush quipped, “How can I possibly select the best of the best from all the years of pure genius?” But he nonetheless eventually embarked on this project and even came to enjoy it. The book also features commentary from family, friends, and luminaries such as Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, and, of course, Trump. (Nonfiction)

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