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 Dec. 14, 2020:
- "Texas Titans: George H.W. Bush and James A. Baker, III: A Friendship Forged in Power" by Charles Denyer (Cambridge Klein). Denyer chronicles the lasting bond between Bush and Baker that began on the tennis courts of the Houston Country Club when they found themselves paired as a doubles team, winning back-to-back championships in 1966 and 1967. While both were admittedly weak servers, Bush was the net-and-volley guy, with Baker holding down the baseline with his groundstroke skills. That same approach of complementary skill sets and teamwork spilled over into their political careers for decades to come as Bush served as a congressman, a United Nations ambassador, Republican National Committee chair, CIA director, vice president, and president of the United States, and Baker as secretary of the treasury, secretary of state, and White House chief of staff. (Nonfiction)
- "Saving Freedom: Truman, the Cold War, and the Fight for Western Civilization" by Joe Scarborough (Harper). The "Morning Joe" co-host and former GOP congressman from Florida looks at President Harry Truman's bid to unite the Western world against Soviet communism. But first he had to rally Republicans and Democrats behind America's most dramatic foreign policy shift since George Washington delivered his farewell address. Scarborough recounts the historic forces that moved Truman toward his country's long twilight struggle against the Soviets, and how this untested president built a lasting coalition that would influence America's foreign policy for generations to come. (Nonfiction)
- "Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future" by Pope Francis in conversation with Austen Ivereigh (Simon & Schuster). Written in collaboration with his biographer Ivereigh, Francis explains why we can — and must — make the world safer, fairer, and healthier for all people now. He touches on the COVID-19 crisis and what it can teach us about handling upheaval in our own lives and the world at large. He describes how three crises in his own life changed him dramatically for the better. Francis also offers dozens of wise and surprising observations on the value of unconventional thinking. (Nonfiction)
- "Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics" by Dolly Parton with Robert K. Oermann (Chronicle). The legendary queen of country music looks at 175 of her songs written over 60 years and reveals how they came about and what they mean to her, including classics like "Jolene," "9 to 5," and "I Will Always Love You." Parton also shares never-before-seen photos from her personal and business archives. (Nonfiction)
- "From Texas to Rome: Fighting World War II and the Italian Campaign With the 36th Infantry Division" by Fred L. Walker (Savas Beatie). Major General Walker assumed command of the Texas National Guard's 36th Infantry Division in September 1941 and led it for the next 34 months through training, overseas deployment, and World War II's Italian campaign. Throughout, he kept a daily journal which, excerpted here, provides a candid look at some of World War II's most important military efforts, including the battles of San Pietro and Monte Cassino, the controversial attempt to cross the Rapido River, and the breakout from Anzio. (Nonfiction)
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