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Newsmax Rising Bestsellers – Week of Jan. 9, 2023

Newsmax Rising Bestsellers – Week of Jan. 9, 2023
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By    |   Monday, 09 January 2023 02:09 PM EST

This week’s suggestions take us back to two riveting periods in world history. In one, America’s entry into World War II resulted in a huge pool of collegiate football players joining the ranks of the U.S. Marine Corps. Their journey from boys to men was complete with the bloody Okinawa invasion. The second was written as a novel but discloses little-known events that took place during the last decade of the Cold War — events that nearly brought the world to nuclear Armageddon. Still another offering is a modern-day battle: a battle for the minds of America’s youth in public education. We also learn a lot more about the life of an American cinematic icon, and invite the squeamish into the kitchen to try their hand at some easy-to-prepare but delicious recipes that are certain to become family favorites.

The Able Archers,” by Brian Morra (Koehler Books Publishing)

Although presented as a novel, “Able Archers” is based on little known actual events — the 1983 nuclear war scare that was just as tense as the Cuban Missile Crisis 21 years earlier. This riveting story is told through the eyes of two key participants: Capt. Kevin Cattania, a young U.S. intelligence officer; and Col. Ivan Levchenko, his more experienced Soviet counterpart. The book takes the reader from the skies over Siberia to the dark, mean streets of East Berlin. The divisions that make up the Cold War is illustrated by the opposed worldviews of Cattani and Levchenko. But they know that by working together the two will find a way to prevent global nuclear destruction. In order to write the book, Morra tapped his own vast experience in national security, beginning with his time as a decorated Air Force intelligence officer, followed up with his years as a senior executive in the aerospace and defense industry. (Fiction)

Battle for the American Mind: Uprooting a Century of Miseducation,” by Pete Hegseth (Broadside Books)

In addition to teaching facts, American public schools traditionally taught students how to think freely and achieve wisdom. In addition to introducing our kids to the classics, schools inspired patriotism and love of God. The result was generations of new Americans who changed the world for the better. But decorated Army Reserve officer and TV host Pete Hegseth notes progressives have changed public education with the goal of indoctrination, and as a result they hate America, dismiss religion, and disdain the history that led to American greatness. Despite huge sums spent on education, kids graduate with poor skills in the basics: reading, writing, and math — and with an inability to think and reason for themselves. More than a book, consider “Battle for the American Mind” a “how-to” guide for remaking public education as it was originally intended. It gives parents the ammunition to become a part of the change that’s needed to bring America back. (Nonfiction)

The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man: A Memoir,” by Paul Newman (Alfred A. Knopf)

This is the unvarnished memoir of an American icon, much of it told in his own words. Newman, one of the greatest movie stars of the 20th century, tackles everything: a troubling childhood, an incredible career, his excessive drinking, as well as his thoughts on other cinematic giants, including Marlon Brando, James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor, and John Huston. Newman discusses his greatest roles, acting in general, his long marriage to Joanne Woodward, his inner fears, passions and joys. It includes comments throughout from Joanne Woodward, George Roy Hill, Tom Cruise, Elia Kazan and many others. The Wall Street Journal hailed the book as "Newman at his best…with his self-aware persona, storied marriage and generous charitable activities…this rich book somehow imbues his characters’ pain and joy with fresh technicolor." (Nonfiction)

The Mosquito Bowl: A Game of Life and Death in World War II,” by Buzz Bissinger (HarperCollins)

On Christmas Eve 1944, the 4th and 29th Marine regiments were training in the middle of the Pacific Ocean for what would be the bloodiest battle of World War II — the invasion of Okinawa. Their number was distinguished by including one of the greatest pools of football talent ever assembled: former All-Americans and captains from Wisconsin, Brown and Notre Dame. And when hostilities ended, nearly 20 of them would ultimately return home to play in the National Football League. Buzz Bissinger, the author of other modern classics, takes the reader from the playing fields of the gridiron to the killing fields of Okinawa and back. “Buzz Bissinger’s ‘Friday Night Lights’ is an American classic. With ‘The Mosquito Bowl,’ he is back with a true story even more colorful and profound. This book too is destined to become a classic. I devoured it.” — novelist John Grisham (Nonfiction)

The Simply Happy Cookbook: 100-Plus Recipes to Take the Stress Out of Cooking,” by Steve and Kathy Doocy (William Morrow)

As food budgets are stretched, cooking at home becomes all the more important. But it can be difficult in households with both parents working outside the home. Enter “Simply Happy,” containing recipes that aren’t just delicious and soon to become family favorites but are also easy and even fun to prepare: comfort food without the effort. Not only are breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner included, but also appetizers suitable for any party. Here are a few mouth-watering, yet easy-to-prepare examples:

  • Maple bacon cinnamon rolls
  • Lasagna grilled cheese sandwich
  • Buffalo chicken pot pie
  • Single skilled shrimp and cheesy grits
  • Bacon and burst tomato tortellini
  • Pretzel crust chocolate peanut butter pie

All the recipes are designed not only to bring everyone rushing to the dinner table, but also to lure avowed non-cooks into the kitchen to give the culinary arts a try. (Nonfiction)

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This week’s suggestions take us back to two riveting periods in world history. In one, America’s entry into World War II resulted in a huge pool of collegiate football players joining the ranks of the U.S. Marine Corps.
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Monday, 09 January 2023 02:09 PM
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