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One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America's Future

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  3,687 ratings  ·  508 reviews
Dear Reader,

In February 2013 I gave a speech at the National Prayer Breakfast. Standing a few feet from President Obama, I warned my fellow citizens of the dangers facing our country and called for a return to the principles that made America great.

Many Americans heard and responded, but our nation’s decline has continued. Today the danger is greater than ever before, and
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 20th 2014 by Sentinel
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Marcia Meerwarth We should read this book because Dr. Carson's views are unconventional at this time. There was a time when they were the conventional, but our country…moreWe should read this book because Dr. Carson's views are unconventional at this time. There was a time when they were the conventional, but our country has gone so afar of what was once seen as the norm that it is refreshing. Since he is now a political figure it is good to see the world view and ideas he expresses and explains.(less)
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Alexander Fitzgerald
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: politics, biography
One of the fairest political books I've read. Ben Carson, along with his wife, have a knack for direct, insightful, but fair observations on the landscape surrounding them. While Mr. Carson undoubtedly falls on the more Conservative side of the spectrum he still criticizes the GOP frequently. He does his best to state his opponents views with an air of respect, and then politely describe why he disagreed. His analysis of different issues is engaging and illuminating, but what makes the book trul ...more
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Everyone should read this book. At least some of this book. Carson is brilliant, with such a sensible and reasoned approach to the difficulties our fractured nation is facing today. With malice toward none and encouragement for all. Such good stuff.
I admit I am a big fan of Dr. Ben Carson and have read and liked several of his books. So I was predisposed to like this book, and I did.

Although I agree with most of what he says, I like that he encourages readers to think for themselves. He wants people to form their own educated opinions, based on knowledge and wisdom. He is a big supporter of education and created and operates a nonprofit to encourage and help good students. putting his beliefs into action, unlike many who want other people
May 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
I didn't think it was very good. In fact, I didn't even finish the book. He's' very arrogant and his writing is the same! I think he isn't aware of a lot of things or at least doesn't approach the reality of what he writes.

Kudos to him for having a high IQ and making it into Medical School and becoming the Dr. who developed a way to save babies. He assumes that anyone can do the same. Work hard, go to college. I don't disagree with what he is saying but for much of the population he is talking a
May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I admire Dr. Ben Carson greatly. He has a phenomenal understanding of politics and many of the most pressing issues affecting the United States. He does not demean those who disagree with him, but rather presents his ideas of what he believes and how we as a nation can work together to make changes.

He was poor as a child and his mother had only a third-grade education, but she was wise. She taught him and his brother not to use their disadvantages as excuses but rather to think and work their wa
Tim Chavel
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Ben Carson is running for President! I am so happy we have someone running with his principles, character, and wisdom. This book explains his vision for our nation. He believes our nation was founded on Godly principles but we have strayed from them. He explains how we might be able to turn our nation around. I know the biggest knock on him running for president is his inexperience, but I think it is time to elect a Statesman instead of a politician. Our nation is in trouble and if we Americ ...more
Dec 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I began reading this book because I had heard Dr. Ben Carson was considering running for President of the United States. Having seen the movie, "Gifted Hands," I was familiar somewhat with his story and was impressed with him both as a person and as a world-renowned neurosurgeon. However, I was a bit skeptical of a potential bid for the presidency. After all, he has absolutely no political experience, legislative or executive. How could he possibly fill the office of chief executive without any ...more
Fred Kohn
Jan 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: political
I really enjoyed this well written, easy to read book. One Nation stands out as a jewel in the vast wasteland of the books produced by the religious right, and I really wished I could give it more than three stars. Despite my left-leaning outlook, I found myself agreeing with at least 2/3 of this book. (I was going to say 3/4 until I hit the anti-evolution rant. I know, I know, it was only a few pages, but it seemed much longer.) Ben Carson sets out to find common ground with his political oppon ...more
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Awesome. I've had tremendous respect for other presidential candidates in the past. I am now age 35 and Ben Carson is the first 'potential' candidate that I've been actually excited about. This book may have lacked in some literary areas but all I could focus on was the content of the message and Ben's common sense, tolerance, and yet principled views laced with logic and compassion really touched me. I don't agree with all of his political views, but as he says, its better to have a leader you ...more
Jun 24, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
Didn't finish. He asks why someone might be offended at being told to read and meditate on a passage of the Christian bible that tells people to come back to the Lord. Why? Maybe because I'm not Christian, nor Jewish. But I don't consider myself less American due to that. ...more
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
Short on policy specifics with plenty of red meat for social conservatives. Not a single footnote anywhere in the book. No nuance, hardly any balance at ALL, with oversimplified answers to complex issues.
Barbara Bagatin
Nov 12, 2014 rated it did not like it
This book makes no sense, unless he is going to be the next American presidential candidate. In the US there is half the unemployment of most European countries. This is thanks to Obama. He managed to improve health. He tried in every way to not get into conflicts, if anything out of it. Obama was the best president since Kennedy: surely even the most honest. And his "insecurities" as said in the book that seem to have "devastated" America, are dictated by his failure to cynicism typical of most ...more
Michael Charton
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, non-fiction
I've always admired Dr. Carson, from his work as head of Pediatric Surgery at Johns Hopkins University to his overcoming a poverty stricken Detroit upbringing.

One Nation seems to have come out of his speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast in 2013. It is his philosophy of the direction, we as Americans should take.

Many will not like the religiousness, but that's who he is. As Americans, he is also calling on us to get involved. There are action plans at the end of each chapter.

Many of the i
Ray Bishop
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Ben Carson has the answers to the current problems facing our nation. Refute political correctness. Relearn the art of compromise. Be respectful to one another. Become informed, use common sense, logic and reasoning. Work together to balance the budget and lessen the national debt.

Although not an official candidate, Ben Carson is running for President. He should be elected in 2016 and reelected again in 2020. I know of no other person who possesses the wisdom, understanding, knowledge, truth, an
Eric Fritz
Jun 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Finished it very quickly. While I don't agree with all of his political beliefs (he has a subtle conservative bias that was easy to recognize) he has great input into how we've fallen off as a country and how we must change for the better. ...more
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ben Carson, in his book "One Nation", did an excellent job presenting common sense principles that grounded our country at its foundation. He opened each chapter with a verse from the book of Proverbs and then illustrated its principle. The book is not meant to be a highly academic reference, but rather a well written reminder of what the Bible has to say about government and the principles our country was founded upon. He is especially severe on this sense of political correctness that American ...more
Krisette Spangler
May 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
What a great book! Mr. Carson is so wise and gentle in his approach to how to fix what's wrong with our nation. He tackles everything from the national debt to political correctness and gives his readers practical ways they can make a difference in our nation. I really hope he decides to step into the political arena. We could really use his integrity and knowledge in Washington. Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

"Never fall into the trap of engaging in personal attacks while letting the topi
Bonnie Plante
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This man, Dr. Ben Carson, makes more sense that anyone speaking out loud these days. A noted pediatric neurologist, Dr. Carson is smart & well spoken yet he possesses the every day common sense that is found lacking in many highly educated people. This book explores the problems found in America today and sensible ways to solve them. For someone with no political background, Dr. Carson is amazingly well versed in the inner workings of our system and is quick to point out its successes as well as ...more
Jul 02, 2014 rated it liked it
I struggled to review this one. On the one hand Dr. Carson brings up many excellent points and offers some much needed common sense to the political debate. His forcible rejection of the PC Police, the call to greater freedom of speech in an honest and frank debate is a breath of fresh air as is his common sense discussion of healthcare and the broken system of DC politicking. He brings an intelligent and unapologetic voice of opposition to the undeniably broken status quo.

On the other hand: so
Nov 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
A good book. I'd vote for this guy. ...more
Travis Bow
Jan 07, 2016 rated it liked it
A quick read that makes me feel like I know Ben Carson and his stance a lot better.

A brief outline of the points he makes (going from memory because I listened to the audiobook):

Political Correctness is not just annoying, but dangerous. At first I thought this was a little overstated - people always complain about political correctness, usually when they want to say something offensive - but he kind of won me over. There are some ways in which political correctness can discourage us from speakin
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have always admired Dr. Carson, but reading this book helped me realize what a sensible, down-to-earth man he really is. He doesn't try to make himself seem smarter by using big words and over-complicating each topic. Instead, he dives into the subject at hand by using common sense approaches that have worked since elementary school: will my/these decisions hurt or help others? What am I willing to compromise (without compromising my personal values) to meet the ultimate goal?

Dr. Carson ends e
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I honestly didn't know what to expect from this book. I decided to read it based on interviews I'd read and heard from Dr. Carson. Every time the man opens his mouth, common sense falls out. I wanted to know more.

The book is a collection of Dr. Carson's thoughts on today's hot-button issues. He pulls no punches and takes no prisoners, discussing everything from political correctness to Washington in-fighting and everything in between. He offers practical - common sense - ways to look at the issu
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read this book so I could get to know more about this presidential candidate. I loved what I learned about him. He is the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the country. He and his wife founded the Carson Scholars Fund, which gives scholarships to students for their academic achievements. He, along with Billy Graham, are the only two people who have been honored to be chosen to give the National Prayer Breakfast twice. I love his Christian beliefs, hi ...more
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
For a political/current affairs type book it gets 5 stars. But that's because he agrees with me. The further left, progressive, or socialist (pick your descriptor) you lean, the faster the stars fall off. Not a biography but he does draw on his life for some examples. Some good, some not so good.

Especially like his respect for his mother, a third-grade educated housekeeper raising two boys on her own. Seeing her sons not doing well in school, she severely restricted their TV viewing time and req
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fun
Awesome! Best book on how to help our great country that I've encountered. You've got my vote Ben! ...more
Terry Cornell
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another quick read. Similar to D'Souza's 'America' book, but without the scholarly footnotes. This is the calm, adult voice of Ben Carson what we can use as Americans to make our country the best that it can be. Ironic that the calm voice of politics main point is that Americans have to stop being PC. Much of the book is Carson's common sense approach to dealing with issues in our country. My favorite chapter is titled 'The Origin of Morality' and covers his views on evolution, abortion, and hom ...more
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-books, politics
“Dedicated to the millions of Americans who fought, sacrificed and died to provide freedom and prosperity for us and our progeny.”

The Preface starts with Dr. Carson’s keynote address at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast. Absolutely beautiful. This was his 2nd keynote invitation. His first invite was in 1997 by President Clinton. His speech was well received.

Dr. Carson starts each chapter with an excerpt from Proverbs. He said he reads Solomon’s words every morning and evening.

What warmed my hea
Allen Steele
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: government
Explains what is wrong with our country and presents no-nonsense ways to fix the problem. On education, the deficit reduction, & the health care system. He also talks at length about political correctness and how as Christians and Americans we should not be bullied. An excellent book, well though out and well written.
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018-2-stars
Ben Carson has worked as a lab assistant, payroll office clerk, bank teller, mailroom clerk, assembly line worker, X-ray technician, crane operator, school bus driver, and neurosurgeon, among other things.

His book, One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America's Future was published in 2014.

Carson defines knowledge as "familiarity with facts." (139) "The acquisition of knowledge is relatively straightforward, but wisdom has to be sought prayerfully from many sources." (150)

"Wisdom is essentiall
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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. ...more

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