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What is America becoming? Or, more importantly, what can she be if we reclaim a vision for the things that made her great in the first place? In America the Beautiful, Dr. Ben Carson helps us learn from our past in order to chart a better course for our future. From his personal ascent from inner-city poverty to international medical and humanitarian acclaim, Carson shares ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published January 4th 2012 by Zondervan (first published December 16th 2011)
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Desiree Muller The history of the Native America people isn't discussed in length. He does discuss the destruction of the Native people as a result of the disease th…moreThe history of the Native America people isn't discussed in length. He does discuss the destruction of the Native people as a result of the disease that the English brought with them. He also discusses the reparations that were made by the government to the Native Americans. But specific mention of "ripping off" and "extermination" were not used from what I remember. The book begins following a shortened history of Dr. Carson's life in poverty. It also discusses how the founding fathers began to develop the constitution and their reasoning behind their decisions. He covers the slavery and the civil rights movement, our wars, and the political state of our nation in those times. I felt it is a wonderful look at our history. The nature of the book is focused on our constitution and God's blessing of our nation. He promotes freedom of religion, and freedom from religious oppression, freedom of speech as long as it doesn't infringe on the rights of others, and how important it is to have a balanced government... something we don't currently have. For someone wanting to have the history of government run-down, this is a great book. If you want to read about the evils of our country, which there are many, this isn't the best book, but it is a book of hope, so maybe give it a listen. (less)

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Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book by Ben Carson that I've read. He is a wonderful writer. I grew up leaning to the left politically, and reading what he writes makes me want to change my political beliefs. While reading it I also wanted to become a stronger Christian. He's an extremely intelligent person and has so many great ideas. Of course the purpose is to review his book and not his political beliefs. The book is fantastic. There is nothing negative in his ideas. There is no hatemongering or vitriol. ...more
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
When you realize Ben Carson's unique background - that he grew up in poverty as an African American in the slums of Detroit and Boston; that his single Mom wisely motivated him to read as a pathway out of poverty; that reading gave him an insatiable appetite for learning; that he has been a union member; has managed a crew picking up trash on the highway and motivated them to the highest productivity; that he graduated from Yale in psychology and U of Michigan med school; that at age 33 he was n ...more
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Every American citizen!!
Recommended to Verona by: Mary Pulliam Matthews
I loved this book!! Everything about it rings true to me. I agree with the values, spirit, patriotic principles, and the ideas espoused and taught by Dr. Benjamin Carson. What I admired most was Dr. Carson's weaving of the statements and principles of the founding fathers into today's government and political scenes. He shared many clear, easy to understand thoughts as to how the problems facing America, our beloved country, could be improved and even solved using the Constitution. I hung on ev ...more
John Ison
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: politics
Dr. Carson is a rising star, touted as the new voice of moderation of the Republican Party, so I was anxious to read his latest book. It is very disappointing. The book is a combination of one more moralistic rant from the right with a wildly simplistic analysis of the economics of capitalism and socialism. In his view, what made America the greatest power the world has seen was a virtuous mixture of capitalism, low taxes and Christian morals. No mention of one of the largest resource rich terri ...more
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read so many books but I rarely buy them because I can read all I want thanks to that amazing invention called the public library. However, I will definitely buy this one. I have tremendous respect for Dr. Benjamin Carson for his rise from poverty to become the head of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins and for his Carson Scholars charity that has given over 5000 scholarships to students of high academic achievement who also demonstrated their commitment to humanity. A Democrat for much o ...more
Feb 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes just reading a book where an intelligent, thoughtful person speaks simple, common sense is all one needs to return one from a world filled with trivial, insane thoughts and ideas. This is one of those books and one of those people. Recommended for anyone who has just about given up hope that such people still live and thrive in this nation.
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
THANK YOU! I was first inspired to read this after hearing Dr. Carson's speech at the National Prayer Republican National Convention. I always knew what a brilliant doctor Carson was, but this book just confirmed how wonderful he really is. He really embodies both the American dream and represents the ethics and morals every physician should follow. I was so relieved after reading this; it gives me hope that there is still some influential figure out there that still has common sense.

Dr. Carson
Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
excellent! Know him, worked with him , love him for his intelligence, integrity and for who he is despite what he could've become. Read this book and learn!
Krys Gut
Feb 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Each year, the White House hosts a National Prayer Breakfast, hosted by the president and first lady, with a variety of important keynote speakers and typically attended by about 3,500. It is designed to be a forum for the political, social and business elite to assemble and build relationships.

In 2013, the guest speaker was Dr. Ben Carson, the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at John Hopkins. The White House made numerous requests for his speech beforehand, but the doctor said he does not wr
Gail Welborn
May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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***Wisdom from the pen of a man who's seen the best and the worst of America***

Dr. Ben Carson, author, renowned surgeon and Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery for Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore questions if it’s time for America to again “…work toward liberty and justice for all…” in America the Beautiful.

Justice wasn’t a term Ben was familiar with growing up in the slums of Detroit and Boston as a young African-American boy. He experienced “overt racism” at school and “systemic racism” within
Dennis Henn
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
A neurosurgeon offers a corrective on what ails America, providing high school depth insight into categories like economics, education, public morality, race relations, politics, history, and health care. With his background in medicine, Carson speaks with some authority on health care. Labeling those on the Left as "bleeding heart liberals," and labeling those on the Right as "holier-than-thou," conservatives pushed us as readers to assume solutions to our country's problems were easy once the ...more
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very good book -- definitely political, but not partisan. Carson presents his own thoughts on America today, and what is needed to get us back-on-track as a nation. Although he sharply criticizes Obama's policies, he also criticizes the policies of Republicans in general and George W. Bush in particular. Some of his positions lean libertarian, but others clearly don't.

He promotes free thinking and speech rather than political correctedness. He promotes a flat tax rather than a progressive tax (h
Mary Finney
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, non-fiction
Excellent thought provoking book. It should be required reading for all Americans.
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Ben Carson is the epitome of what it means to attain the American Dream. Ben and his brother Curtis were raised in poverty by a single mom in the inner cities of Boston and then Detroit. Their mother worked two to three jobs as a domestic servant. While she had only a 3rd grade education, Sonya Carson knew the only way out of poverty for her sons was through education. She pushed them to read, even to write book reports and always to strive to be better. She was met with great resistance from he ...more
India M. Clamp
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Easy read and a touch political perhaps. Good example of a man who came from nothing and arose to greatness with common sense principles.
I have had this book on Kindle for some time but didn't read it until after following (and contributing to) the movement to recruit Dr. Ben Carson to run for president of the US.

This man has a compelling personal story, which is covered in an earlier book Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story. Although I would normally not expect a world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon to have the wide-ranging knowledge and leadership qualities that the presidency requires, Ben Carson has demonstrated that he has
Sep 06, 2013 rated it liked it
I respect Dr. Carson and agree with most of his ideas as presented in America the Beautiful. However, because the book offers an overview of many issues, it tends to oversimplify. Carson also seems far more optimistic than I am about the current state of our nation, particularly the percentage of people who prefer freedom to comfort, the ability of education to produce rational citizens in the age of political correctness, and the extent to which hard work and intelligence are rewarded in the wo ...more
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing

I enjoyed reading Dr. Carson's book and highly recommend anyone living in the United States of America should read it too.
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I bet 100 people could read this book and take away 100 different ideas or opinions. What I got out of this is that I'm wishy washy. The author of this book stands strong for his beliefs in religion, politics, marriage, welfare programs and many more issues. And by issues I mean hot topics and he voices his opinions loud and proud. I, on the other hand, seem to be apologetic and fearful not to offend anyone. So I opt to remain silent, (my husband wouldn't believe that last statement...or my chil ...more
Ron Wroblewski
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd vote for him. The book is filled with his background & ideas about national issues. I agree with him on many issues. ...more
Schuyler Wallace
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Dr. Ben Carson has written a book, AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL, that is filled with history, insight, persuasive argument, and clear-headed ideas aimed at ending the problems that plague our country. He presents intelligent and simple views about where we come from, where we are, and where we’re going. His voice is calm and convincing, his logic is rock solid. Unfortunately, I don’t find many practical solutions in his careful appraisals.

As he invokes the voices of our founding fathers to bolster his
Brendan Holly
May 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Those who believe Carson is rational
As any good Neoconservative these days, Carson invokes the founding fathers early and often. Carson quotes those old geezers nonstop in regards to government, poverty, education, and religion. I had to stop reading the book several times to check the date. It IS the 21st century and despite what Dr. Carson and his neocon friends may believe, there have been significant advancements in political, ethical, religious, and sociological studies. The founding fathers, who only granted power to white m ...more
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was excited to sign onto the library's lengthy waiting list to read America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great after hearing Dr. Carson speak (on TV) at a recent prayer breakfast. This book combines vignettes from his life with his ideas on why America is great and how we can keep it that way.

At the risk of sounding political, my first thought just a few pages in was why couldn't this guy have been our first black President? Carson was raised by a single mom with a third
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir, politics
Ben Carson first came across my radar in 2013 when he gave the main talk at the National Prayer Breakfast. If you have not seen it, you can find it on YouTube. President Obama, who was on the podium during the speech, looks uncomfortable as he listened to Carson present a plain spoken, politically incorrect presentation on the proper role of government. By the time he was done speaking, I and no doubt many others was thinking, ¨I think we elected the wrong black man President of the United State ...more
Mar 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: current-events
Dr. Ben Carson is a neurosurgeon who has also been politically active for quite some time (at least since the Clinton Administration). His book outlines what he thinks makes America a great nation, and where he thinks we have veered off the tracks.

I thought the book was reasonably well paced, and I found myself agreeing with Dr. Carson's sentiments more often than not. However, I was surprised by the overly informal tone of the writing -- the book is very conversational. I had expected something
Gordon Alley
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This a great book from the eyes of a man who grew up in extreme poverty in both Detroit and Boston during the racial wars in America. Because of the dogged determination of a single mom who did not allow him to watch much television and required him to read two books a week and give her a written report, Mr. Carson developed an education to become one of the greatest neurosurgeons in history. He shares many inspiring illustrations of his personal life such as the diligence to wake up every morni ...more
Jun 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have admired Ben Carson for many years. From a childhood of abject poverty in Detroit and Boston, a childhood with no hope of academic achievement, and a childhood where racism was all too real, to the ivied walls of Yale, the University of Michigan Medical School, and an illustrious career as a neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Ben Carson has never shied away from doing his best, following his instinct and his dream, and maintaining his faith in God. He is a man of great intelligence, u ...more
Nancy Orlando
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book. Carson's knowledge and understanding about our founding fathers if remarkable. He helps you understand what they wanted for our new country and shows the events that have taken us away from the path they intended for us. He not only understands what our problems are, he clearly understands what to do to redirect us in the right direction. After reading the book, I sincerely hope this man will decide to get into politics. I think he would make a fabulous president.
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book which I found very inspiring. I count my blessings that I live in America the Beautiful!
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very good. Loved the personal stories and common sense thinking. A great read!
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Benjamin Solomon "Ben" Carson, Sr., M.D. is an American neurosurgeon and the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States by President George W. Bush in 2008.

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