America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great
Ben Carson, the author of America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great, grew up in poverty as an African-American in the suburbs of Detroit and Boston. His single mother motivated him to read as a way out of the slums. Reading gave him an insatiable appetite for learning.
He graduated from Yale in psychology and the school of medicine at the University of Michigan. At age 33 he was appointed chief of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins. Ben Carson has experienced virtually every economic class in our society first hand, and is a survivor of prostate cancer. He has traveled the world over and is in much demand as a public speaker.
In America the Beautiful, Dr. Carson points out that many great nations including Egypt, Greece, Rome, Britain, France and Spain have gone into decline. He’s observed that they all share similarities, such as; an excessive fixation with sports and entertainment, and a worship of the lifestyle of the rich and famous, as well as political corruption and the loss of the public’s moral compass. The question is whether we can learn from the experience of these nations that preceded us and take corrective action or if it is inevitable to follow the same self-destructive course.
Dr. Carson, a student of history, traces the development of the United States of America. His thoughts on the way the founding fathers conceived America are supported with sound arguments and backed up with reliable sources. He draws intriguing parallels between the motivations that led to the Boston Tea Party and the movement of the Tea Party of today. The descriptions of his encounters with racism throughout his life, from kindergarten to the halls of Johns Hopkins University are illuminating, and a testament to the fabric of his character which isn’t resentful.
Early in his life he was devoted to achieving a first class education. He regrets, however, that from the middle of the twentieth century on, a number of things began to happen that negatively affected the quality of public education in the United States. There are some interesting chapters that the author devotes to capitalism, socialism and he poses the question: is the United States is a moral nation, or not?
He offers a fascinating approach to a balanced budget. As a doctor, his creative ideas about providing health insurance for worldwide coverage deserves serious consideration. His description of his political journey through 60 years of life is interesting.
Dr. Carson believes that perhaps the best thing about America, is the freedom for anyone to achieve their dreams. However, he warns us that political correctness limits freedom of expression and thought. He challenges his readers to reconsider what they believe in and in whom to trust before it is too late for the Unite States of America. It is plainly clear that Dr. Ben Carson’s intent with this volume is to help America learn from its past in order to create a better future. A thought provoking read.