Friday, January 9, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America's Future by Ben Carson



ABOUT THE BOOK (from Amazon):

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 I have never shared a more urgent message than I do now.

Our growing debt and deteriorating morals have driven us far from the founders’ intent. We’ve made very little progress in basic education. Obamacare threatens our health, liberty, and financial future. Media elitism and political correctness are out of control.

Worst of all, we seem to have lost our ability to discuss important issues calmly and respectfully regardless of party affiliation or other differences. As a doctor rather than a politician, I care about what works, not whether someone has an (R) or a (D) after his or her name. We have to come together to solve our problems.

Knowing that the future of my grandchildren is in jeopardy because of reckless spending, godless government, and mean-spirited attempts to silence critics left me no choice but to write this book. I have endeavored to propose a road out of our decline, appealing to every American’s decency and common sense.

If each of us sits back and expects someone else to take action, it will soon be too late. But with your help, I firmly believe that America may once again be “one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

Sincerely,
Ben Carson


MY REVIEW:

Ben Carson was raised in poverty in Detroit, Michigan by a single mother who had only a 3rd grade education.  Despite the odds, Carson graduated from Yale University and became an accomplished neurosurgeon.

As a child, Carson's mother required him and his brother to read two books a week and write book reports for her review.  They didn't know their mother could not read their reports, but this exercise as a child instilled in Carson a strong passion for education and knowledge, leading him to develop the Carson Scholars Fund.

Carson's speech at the National Prayer Breakfast in February of 2013 raised quite a stir and is the topic that kicks off this book.  Carson speaks out against Obamacare and has strong opinions about other ways we can improve the health care system in the United States.  He also discusses our education system, political system, tax policy, hot topics such as abortion and gay marriage, and the problems with "political correctness" which contradict one of the founding principles of our nation -- freedom of speech.

Each chapter ends with "action statements" where Carson challenges the reader to become more educated on particular topics, to put themselves in another person's perspective and to work on their own personal growth.

I recommend this book to anyone who is generally interested in the topics listed above, regardless of your religious beliefs or political affiliations.  Even if you disagree with any of Carson's personal opinions, his book will certainly make you think!