This week’s selection of rising bestsellers warn of dangerous times. In one, a popular nationally syndicated podcaster warns us that America’s founding principles are being replaced by communism. In another, a current U.S. senator places much of the blame on a quest for a global economy, while a Pulitzer Prize winner reminds readers of the warnings from a former U.S. senator about the growing danger within the federal government. The novel of the week is the latest from the undisputed master of suspense. And then there are lighter subjects, like a pivotal Beatles member and his photographic memories of the mid-60s.
“1964: Eyes of the Storm,” by Paul McCartney (Liveright)
This is a photographic essay of the British music invasion captured by guitarist and songwriter Paul McCartney and his 35mm camera, as the Beatles toured six cities: London, Liverpool and Paris, and especially their first U.S. visit to New York, Miami, and Washington, D.C. The year 1064 was a tumultuous time, one marked by escalation of U.S. participation in the war in Vietnam, the beginnings of the hippie movement, and, of course, the British invasion of America’s music scene, headlined by the Rolling Stones and especially the Beatles. The book is divided by city, and each section includes a forward in which McCartney “recollects ‘the pandemonium of British concert halls’ and the hysteria the band encountered when it arrived in America for the first time,” according to Rolling Stone. “With the rise of coffee-table books as a trendy piece of decor, you’ll want to make sure this book has a front-and-center spot for all guests to see,” wrote Rylee Johnston for Billboard. (Nonfiction)
"The Anti-Communist Manifesto,” by Jesse Kelly (Threshold Editions)
The Houston, Texas-based eponymous host of the nationally syndicated Jesse Kelly Show strikes a rallying cry at the root cause of today’s assault on America’s freedoms: communism, which replaces individuals rights and personal responsibility with “the common good.” As a result of communism’s mission creep into society over the decades, the public school system is indoctrinating America’s youth by replacing academics with nonsense like Critical Race Theory and gender fluidity. Identity politics have weaponized race and sex. “Just what the USA needs to pull more people out of the dark,” wrote Angela Blood, reviewing for GoodReads. “People do not realize that Communism isn't some long-dead threat from the 30's and 40's. It's alive and thriving and about to destroy everything that sets this country apart.” (Nonfiction)
“Cross Down,” by James Patterson and Brendan DuBois (Little, Brown and Company)
In this latest installment of James Patterson’s popular Alex Cross-John Sampson thrillers, a bullet puts Cross out of commission and thrusts Sampson into a mission to avenge his critically injured partner and friend and find who is behind a series of deadly attacks that threaten America. “This book will grab you from the first chapters and take you on a Crack the Whip ride to the end, while you yell for more,” said Ronald Roseborough, reviewing for GoodReads. “Another excellent action-packed book from the mind of James Patterson.” (Fiction)
“Decades of Decadence: How Our Spoiled Elites Blew America's Inheritance of Liberty, Security, and Prosperity,” by Marco Rubio (Broadside Books)
Many of the problems facing America can be traced back to the shift toward a globalized economy, argues the U.S. senator representing Florida. And following the dissolution of economic borders came the relaxation of immigration policy and the opening of America’s physical borders. The goal was cheap labor, achieved by moving U.S. companies offshore, and through importing it through illegal immigration. Describing the book for the New York Post, Rubio observed that “the only outcry came from workers who found their wages stalled, benefits cut, and hours slashed until they could be replaced by someone willing to work more hours for less.” And throughout that process Americans have been told that they don’t need families, communities, or a shared history. As a result, the very fabric of what made America the envy of the world is now being destroyed. But Rubio argues that it’s not too late to correct the ship of state’s course and avoid a future dark age. (Nonfiction)
“The Last Honest Man: The CIA, the FBI, the Mafia, and the Kennedys ― and One Senator's Fight to Save Democracy,” by James Risen (Little, Brown and Company)
In “The Last Honest Man,” Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist James Risen takes a look at Sen. Frank Church, and his investigations into the abuses of power within the U.S. government. The Idaho Democrat warned America nearly a half-century ago that U.S. intelligence agencies were able to abuse their power and impose tyranny upon America.
He told NBC’s “Meet The Press” that the U.S. intelligence community’s ability to intercept the messages of our adversaries “at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left. Such is the capability to monitor everything — telephone conversations, telegrams; it doesn’t matter. There would be no place to hide.” And 48 years later here we are. “Risen credits Church with preventing the rise of the deep state, which ‘remains a myth, a right-wing conspiracy theory,’ precisely ‘because Frank Church brought the intelligence community fully into the American system of government,’” said Kirkus Reviews. “A welcome restoration of a largely forgotten politician who navigated issues that continue to reverberate.” (Nonfiction)
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