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America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great Hardcover – January 4, 2012
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About the Author
Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D., became the chief of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1984 at the age of 33, making him the youngest major division director in the hospital's history. He has written and published nine books, four of which were co-authored with Candy, his wife of 40 years. Dr. Carson was the recipient of the 2006 Spingarn Medal. In June 2008, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. U.S. News Media Group and Harvard's Center for Public Leadership recognized Dr. Carson as one of "America's Best Leaders" in 2008. In 2014, the Gallup Organization, in their annual survey, named Dr. Carson as one of the 10 Most Admired Men in the World.
Dr. Carson and his wife are co-founders of the Carson Scholars Fund, which recognizes young people of all backgrounds for exceptional academic and humanitarian accomplishments. In addition, Dr. Carson is now the Honorary National Chairman of the My Faith Votes campaign and continues to work tirelessly for the cause of the American people.
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I'd say the book is almost equal parts autobiography and social critique, which enables Dr. Carson to make some great segues between his life and his thought process. However, the style of writing occasionally comes off as seeming like a collection of high school essays with clearly-defined chapter structure; a little more variety wouldn't hurt. At the meat of it, I found myself agreeing with many of the legislative and interpersonal suggestions he has, but his views on America at war are a little frightening. Dr. Carson believes the United States should try to be the primary force for good in the world, which is a noble cause, but is the type of thinking that has caused America to spread its bloated military across more of the world than the Roman Empire, and has been a big cause of massive national debt. He also writes, in prose that oddly doesn't match the majority of the book, that during the Iraq war, he would announce to the residents of Fallujah that they had 72 hours to leave before they would "become part of the desert." He claims that if terrorists staying there didn't allow innocent people to leave, the deaths of the civilians due to the U.S. leveling the city would be the "responsibility" of those terrorists (and, strangely, makes no mention of having the option to call off the attack). One paragraph later, he writes that "buildings can always be replaced, but not so for even one life." I personally can't take somebody seriously if they feel lives can't be replaced after just advocating for mercilessly leveling an entire historic city, regardless of whether innocent people leave or not.
Aside from that, and aside from a sudden tirade about the importance of God to the U.S. at the end of the book, it was a great read. Lots of what Dr. Carson has to say makes sense and, if nothing else, it's great to learn more about an accomplished person who has done a lot of good for the world. Recommended.