The life of the 20th century’s most brilliant physicist and revelations of the qualities that have left Israel so indomitable and distinctive are the highlight of this week’s Newsmax Rising Bestsellers. There is also an offering of a former professional athlete and Fox News host on the myriad issues that are destroying America. Finally, there is the tale of the ladies who have been an immense contribution to America’s super-secret intelligence agency. And in fiction, there the novel fresh off the keyboard of an author who has turned the medical thriller genre into an art form.
“Manner of Death,” by Robin Cook (G.P. Putnam's Sons)
Robin Cook’s latest medical thriller brings back the characters Dr. Jack Stapleton and his wife, New York City Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Laurie Montgomery. In this, she casts doubt on the “manner of death” of a series of purported suicides that are actually homicides. In making that discovery, she uncovers a dangerous intersection of medicine and capitalism and unwittingly places her own life in jeopardy. “Readers are in competent hands regarding the medical information provided — the author is a retired ophthalmologic surgeon who ably showcases his knowledge about the workings of the medical examiner’s office, even providing detailed descriptions of the buildings,” wrote Laury Egan, reviewing for New York Journal of Books. “As he has done in all of his novels, Cook once again rings a warning bell to raise awareness for a new area at risk for potential abuse.” [Fiction]
“Einstein in Time and Space: A Life in 99 Particles,” by Samuel Graydon (Scribner)
British science journalist Samuel Graydon separates the myth of Albert Einstein from the man in an attempt to reveal his essence, to produce what he describes as “a mosaic biography.” In one interesting fact, Graydon writes that “Einstein’s finest work was all produced before he was famous, and for much of his early life he was a reasonably obscure figure. It took him nine years to secure an assistant professorship, and, even then, he wasn’t first choice for the job.” “Graydon is the science editor of England’s Times Literary Supplement, and his discussion of Einstein’s work is approachable for those of us who have limited scientific literacy,” wrote Roger Bishop in his BookPage review. “This engaging account of a legendary figure should be of interest to many.” [Nonfiction]
“The Genius of Israel: The Surprising Resilience of a Divided Nation in a Turbulent World,” by Dan Senor & Saul Singer (Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster)
Despite being surrounded by enemies and having had to fight for its security and mere existence from the beginning, the 9 million residents of this tiny nation have appeared immune to the societal ills plaguing other wealthy democracies such as substance abuse and suicide. While other nations suffer declining birth rates, Israel’s population is young, growing and has one of the world’s highest life expectancies. “The Genius of Israel” is the story of a diverse people — Jews, Christians, Muslims and the non-religious — “built around the values of service, solidarity, and belonging.” “This book is so much more than a survey of Israel. Senor and Singer shed light on the twin epidemics of despair and declining birth rates around the world and how Israel, with its unique culture is resistant to this malaise,” wrote Stuart Berman for GoodReads. “Despite being printed just prior to Oct. 7, readers will find the content more relevant today than ever. Today we see Israelis, Jews, secular and religious as well as Israeli Arabs more unified than ever.” [Nonfiction]
“Nuff Said,” by Tyrus (Post Hill Press)
With a forward by Fox News host Dana Perino and professional wrestling promoter Billy Corgan, “Nuff Said” details the views of the former wrestler and New York Times bestselling author (real name George Murdoch) on today’s issues that separate America into “us versus them.” “Tyrus remains one of the most distinct, original voices in any medium, if not one of the most brutally honest to enter the realm of television since Charles Krauthammer,” said Greg Gutfeld. And this sequel to his first book, “Just Tyrus,” he displays a voice of reason in an act of authentic storytelling. “A common sense, middle-of-the-road conservative, Tyrus expounds on some of the most controversial issues of the day: pronouns, transgender females playing women’s sports, social justice, artificial intelligence, the border crisis, junk food, climate change, and more,” wrote Cara Bristol for GoodReads. “This is a must read for anyone interested in current events and/or political issues—and fans of Tyrus.” [Nonfiction]
“The Sisterhood: The Secret History of Women at the CIA,” by Liza Mundy (Crown)
Liza Mundy, who previously wrote “Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II,” celebrates women’s role in intelligence again with “The Sisterhood.” This is the story of the women who fought to become active operatives during the three generations of the agency, and most recently proved their worth by locating the lair of Osama bin Laden. “‘The Sisterhood’ is a deep dive into the origins of women in the CIA and those who trailblazed a path to formulation of the CIA. The book begins in the 1940s with the women who worked during WW2 as support and as spies. The stories of women through the 1950s to present day are amazing. The book ends with how the women were significant contributors to finding Osama bin Laden,” said Deb K., an educator reviewing for NetGalley. “This was a very well researched and detailed book for those wanting to read about the women who worked in the shadows but emerged to make a difference. I found it a fascinating read.” [Nonfiction]
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