The Newsmax Rising Bestsellers list will do more than stimulate your mind. These reads may challenge your beliefs, broaden your perspectives, excite your curiosities, or widen your imagination.
These books may not necessarily appear on the official New York Times list of bestsellers, but they're the ones our Newsmax audience is reading, talking about, sharing with friends, and buying.
Here are the Newsmax Rising Bestsellers for the week of August 23, 2021:
1. "We Didn’t Fight for Socialism: America’s Veterans Speak Up’’ by Oliver North and David Goetsch (Fidelis Publishing) The authors, both decorated Marines, hear from military veterans who say America can follow one of two paths: The first leads to a revival of the original vision for America, the second to socialism.
One means means freedom and prosperity, while the other promises despotism and corruption. “The veterans in this book and thousands of others we have talked to over the years make it clear they didn’t join the military to fight for socialism.
Rather, they fought to protect the principles our Founders had in mind when they risked everything to establish our country,’’ North explains. (Nonfiction)
2. “Hollowed Out: A Warning about America's Next Generation’’ by Jeremy S. Adams (Regnery Publishing) Adams, a teacher at both the high school and college levels, says today’s students are “digital hermits,’’ with stunted curiosity, undeveloped powers of reasoning, ignorance of religion and a lack of humanity.
They sneer at patriotism, sympathize with riots and vandalism, and regard American society and civilization as so radically flawed that it must be dismantled.
And now with a year of COVID-19 lockdowns making it worse, Adams argues an entire generation may be lost in “a miasma of alienation and stupefaction.’’ He also lays out ways to win them back. (Nonfiction)
3. “Death of the Senate: My Front Row Seat to the Demise of the World's Greatest Deliberative Body’’ by Ben Nelson (Potomac Books) In his two terms as a Democratic senator from the red state of Nebraska, Nelson positioned himself as a moderate broker between his more liberal and conservative colleagues and became a frontline player in the most consequential fights of the Bush and Obama years.
His centrist position allowed him to participate in some of the last great rounds of bipartisan cooperation. Nelson discusses how and why the spirit of bipartisanship declined and offers solutions that can restore the Senate to one of the world’s most important legislative bodies.
Former Senators Trent Lott, R-MS, and Joe Lieberman, I-CT, wrote introductions for the book. (Nonfiction)
4. “The Jewish World of Alexander Hamilton’’ by Andrew Porwancher (Princeton University Press) Andrew Porwancher reveals evidence that Founding Father Alexander Hamilton was, in all likelihood, born and raised in the Jewish faith.
He says while Hamilton didn’t identify as a Jew in America, he cultivated a relationship with the Jewish community that made him unique among the founders. As a lawyer, he advocated for Jewish citizens in court, and a financial visionary, he invigorated sectors of the economy that gave Jews their greatest opportunities.
And in a new nation torn between democratic promises and discriminatory practices, Porwancher writes, Hamilton fought for a republic in which Jew and Gentile would stand as equals. (Nonfiction)
5. “I, Warbot: The Dawn of Artificially Intelligent Conflict’’ by Kenneth Payne (Oxford University Press) Payne, an ex-BBC journalist, says artificial intelligence is reshaping the way the world goes to war —from the chaos of battle, with pilotless drones, robot tanks and unmanned submersibles, to the headquarters far from the action, where generals and politicians use technology to weigh what to do.
Autonomous warfare makes many people uneasy and an international campaign against “killer robots’’ hopes to ban AI from conflict. But the genie is out, argues Payne who believes AI weapons are too useful to be outlawed. Still, he writes, crafting sensible rules for warbots is possible. (Nonfiction)
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