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Newsmax Rising Bestsellers – Week of Dec. 4, 2023

Newsmax Rising Bestsellers – Week of Dec. 4, 2023
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By    |   Monday, 04 December 2023 04:42 PM EST

This week, one author explains in Newsmax Rising Bestseller that it’s not about what you attain in life that matters, but rather how you play the game of life. In another selection, a legal analyst will go over America’s founding documents and significant speeches throughout history that define who we are. A third describes the days leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 — the “date that will live in infamy.” The fourth nonfiction pick makes the case that America’s division isn’t the result of Donald Trump, but that of his predecessor. And as for adventure, there is an old friend in in fiction, kept alive by the son of its creator.

Clive Cussler The Corsican Shadow,” by Dirk Cussler (G.P. Putnam's Sons)

Clive Cussler’s exciting Dirk Pitt action-adventure series lives on past his 2020 death, thanks to his son, named (what else?) Dirk. This one begins when the National Underwater and Marine Agency’s crew uncover a cache of uncut diamonds aboard a shipwreck laying in the English Channel. When they’re later stolen, Pitt and the NUMA crew discover that they have a history dating back to when the winds of World War II were spreading across Europe and are connected to a modern attempt to mount an ecological disaster. It’s up to Pitt and his two children to locate the treasure, return it to its rightful owners, and avert a global catastrophe. “Its mystery is compelling, especially for those interested in World War II,” wrote William de Rham, reviewing for Amazon. “And there’s a ton of danger, both below and above the waters – the kind meant to keep readers on the edge of their seats and turning pages to see whether Dirk Pitt and his cohorts will be able to, for example, salvage a fortune, or keep the Eiffel Tower intact, or escape the deadliest of explosions. All in all, a quick read that's lots of fun.” [Fiction]

Character Matters: Personal Stories Of 31 World Characters,” by Robert M. Pittenger (Independently published)

In this book, a North Carolina congressman reveals how notable people from all walks of life have revealed their character through their stories and writings. “Hopefully, these stories will offer you some insight as to why these individuals became remarkably successful people, and perhaps why one got lost in his own misguided focus,” Pittenger wrote.

The Constitution of the United States and Other Patriotic Documents,” by Gregg Jarrett (Broadside Books)

In this, Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett brings the Constitution and Declaration of Independence to life, along with other documents, including the Bill of Rights, the Federalist Papers, and the Articles of Confederation. But it’s not just foundational documents. The book also covers, for example, Frederick Douglass’ 1852 “Fourth of July” speech, Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address, Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and Ronald Reagan’s Berlin Wall speech, which, when taken together, explains what defines us as Americans. “This is an excellent book covering important documents and times that gave us a great country,” wrote TC , reviewing for Amazon. “It would be a perfect text book for one semester in a high school history class for all students! The subjects understood and discussed in such a class would make today’s issues better understood. I highly recommend this book.” [Nonfiction]

Ghosts of Honolulu: A Japanese Spy, A Japanese American Spy Hunter, and the Untold Story of Pearl Harbor,” by Mark Harmon and Leon Carroll (Harper Select)

In the closing months of 1941, most of the world’s greatest powers were at war, with one notable exception: the United States. The Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7 of that year changed all that. “Ghosts of Honolulu” describes the days leading up to that, from the eyes of a Japanese spy sent to Hawaii to gain intelligence on the U.S. naval base there, as well as those of a Japanese-American U.S. naval counterintelligence officer working to safeguard Pearl Harbor. “Mark Harmon, with his keen sense for drama and suspense, teams up with Leon Carroll, a specialist in criminal investigations, to bring us fresh understanding to what we thought we knew about the history of Pearl Harbor,” wrote James Mikel Wilson for Amazon. “As the war in the Pacific seems likely, we experience the tensions, anguish, and fears of the vast majority of the Japanese-American community who continue to believe in the American dream in spite of mistrust. And we discover the critical role second generations play in ferreting out spies who threaten their existence and values.” [Nonfiction]

Racism, Revenge and Ruin: It's All Obama,” by Scott McKay (Calamo Press)

For those of us who grew up in the “Ozzie and Harriet” days of the mid-to-late 20th century, the United States has become unrecognizable, marked by cancel culture, identity politics, victimhood and political and racial division. McKay answers the question: How did we get here.” The book “proves to be a crucial examination not only of what (Barack) Obama did while in the White House, but of the anti-American ideologies that shaped him and how each can be found in his actions as president — and beyond,” wrote S.A. McCarthy in his review for The Washington Stand. “More than this, McKay’s book looks at the results of Obama’s presidency on the broader American culture and populace: the toxic partisanship and division, the rise of racial disharmony and subsequent nationwide race riots, the stranglehold that the LGBT lobby has taken on corporations and institutions, and the weaponization of government agencies and organizations — from local school boards all the way to the FBI.” [Nonfiction]

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This week, one author explains in Newsmax Rising Bestsellers that it’s not about what you attain in life that matters, but rather how you play the game of life.
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Monday, 04 December 2023 04:42 PM
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