This week’s “Newmax Rising Bestsellers” include two books that make it clear that reinforce the reasons why the nation’s founders distrusted a big central government -- one that attempts to be all things to all people – and how that is relevant to this day. In one, the author warns that a group of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful individuals are attempting to create a “New World Order.” In the second, one of America’s leading conservative economists makes the case that big government’s attempts to correct social wrongs have the exact opposite effect. Two more are biographical. One describes the life of an inventor whose namesake work continues to impact life more than a century after its creation, and also solves the mystery of his death. The fourth nonfiction selection depicts the life and times of an unlikely Civil War hero. Then there is the latest novel of the week, an installment of a favorite fictional CIA spook.
“The Handler,” by Jeffrey S. Stephens (Post Hill Press)
In this installment of Jeffrey S. Stephens’ Nick Reagan thrillers, the CIA operative teams with fellow agent Carol Gellos to prevent a series of terror attacks planned throughout the United States. Their assignment takes them across the world, from New York to Pakistan, Paris, Las Vegas, and, ultimately, to middle America. “Characters are given just enough backstory to provide context,” wrote Mishka Rao for Best Thrillers. “Stephens prefers instead to demonstrate their character, values and capabilities through action and dialogue, and that’s especially true of fellow agent Carol Gellos. The result is a hard-hitting, fast-paced story that works well despite a truly large cast of characters.” [Fiction]
“Controligarchs: Exposing the Billionaire Class, their Secret Deals, and the Globalist Plot to Dominate Your Life,” by Seamus Bruner (Sentinel)
Seamus Bruner identifies individuals as he explains what he sees as the goal of a worldwide cabal of billionaires, including Bill Gates and George Soros, who he argues want to control every facet of life in their vision of a world where nobody owns anything and likes it. Inside this pathbreaking new book, the reader will discover:
* Bill Gates’ $11.7 billion food takeover scheme… and a reason why he’s snapping up America’s farmland;
* Mark Zuckerberg’s $36 billion attempt to re-engineer society and force the masses into tech addiction;
* Jeff Bezos’ taxpayer-funded electric vehicle ambitions, climate hypocrisy, and $1.2 billion plan to keep track of the average person via his or her “smart” home;
* The Soros family’s project to use its $25 billion empire to influence elections and society for the next 50 years;
* How World Economic Forum (WEF) founder Klaus Schwab built an exclusive club in Davos, where the top 25 WEF members — now worth more than $10 trillion — have more economic power than most world governments, and how these global oligarchs are seizing control over our future. [Nonfiction]
“The Mysterious Case of Rudolf Diesel: Genius, Power, and Deception on the Eve of World War I,” by Douglas Brunt (Atria Books)
On Sept. 29, 1913, Rudolf Diesel, the inventor of a new type of internal combustion engine, disappeared while traveling between Belgium and England on the steamship Dresden. Was he murdered? Did he commit suicide? Was it an accident? Douglas Brunt attempts to answer those questions in this fascinating biography of a fascinating man. Had the book been “solely a biography, it would make a fine read, but it is much more,” wrote Ralph White reviewing for Amazon. “Thus, when the biopic evolves into forensic journalism, the reader is predisposed toward credulity. When Mr. Brunt springs his theory of Rudolf Diesel’s disappearance, it not only makes sense, but given the themes of his life, it is also just.” [Nonfiction]
“On Great Fields: The Life and Unlikely Heroism of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain,” by Ronald C. White (Random House)
In this Kirkus Reviews “best book of the year,” New York Times bestselling biographer Ronald White tells the story of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, a mild-mannered minister and college professor who became one of the Civil War’s greatest heroes, as depicted in the film “Gettysburg.” He later survived life-threatening wounds at Battle of Petersburg (Virginia) to become the governor of Maine and president at the college where he once taught. “Fresh from reinvestigations of Civil War heroes Ulysses S. Grant and Abraham Lincoln, esteemed Ron White takes up the tale of the unlikely hero from Maine, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain,” wrote Adam Carman in his GoodReads review. “Civil War buffs will find this latest offering from White an excellent addition to the scholarship” [Nonfiction]
“Social Justice Fallacies,” by Thomas Sowell (Basic Books)
The name of the author alone, acclaimed economist Thomas Sowell, ought to be reason alone to add this book to your library. Sowell uses easily understood data and examples to prove a remark Ronald Reagan made during his first inaugural address: "Government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem."
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