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America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great | [Ben Carson, M.D., Candy Carson]

America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great

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 experiential insights that help us understand... what is good about America... and where we have gone astray.
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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 experiential insights that help us understand... what is good about America... where we have gone astray... which fundamental beliefs have guided America from her founding into preeminence among nations.

Written by a man who has experienced America's best and worst firsthand, America the Beautiful is at once alarming, convicting, and inspiring. You'll gain new perspectives on our nation's origins, our Judeo-Christian heritage, our educational system, capitalism versus socialism, our moral fabric, healthcare, and much more. An incisive manifesto of the values that shaped America's past and must shape her future, America the Beautiful calls us all to use our God-given talents to improve our lives, our communities, our nation, and our world.

©2011 Ben Carson, Candy Carson (P)2011 Zondervan

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    3mountains 04-10-13
    3mountains 04-10-13
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - great food for thought. Engaging enough for keeping us awake on long car rides.


    Have you listened to any of Dion Graham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no - this was our first


    Any additional comments?

    This is not only a thought-provoking book, but also a great listen because the book is read with exceptionally good expression.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Roseland campbell, TX 04-02-13
    Linda Roseland campbell, TX 04-02-13
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    Would you listen to America the Beautiful again? Why?

    Yes, I plan to put it on CD's to listen over and over.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of America the Beautiful?

    I remember vividly the expression of Dr.Carson's decision not to blame the current generation of white people for the sins of the past generations of slave owners. He admits that perhaps reparations should be made but asked pointedly, "From whom should we get them?" explaining that no one living today had anythng to do with the past deeds of their forebears.


    Which character – as performed by Dion Graham – was your favorite?

    Since this book is non-fiction, no characers are present. However, Dion Graham is very articulate and easy to understand in his reading, just as Dr. Carson is in his speeches.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Injustice and prejudice are everywhere but can be overcome. Things in our current government administration which seem irrational to me are just as irrational to all people who seek truth for truth's sake, not for personal gain or fulfillment of revenge in some vendetta against a segment of our population. Dr. Carson was treated to miserable unkindness by his teacher, who should have been very proud of and thankful for him in her class. (I would have been!) But he CHOSE not to let that stop him and moved on in our American Dream society. I admire this man more than I could ever tell him or show anyone. He is unafraid of speaking up for his faith in Christ and his reliance on the Bible. He is a true hero to people of every shade of the skin color rainbow (whether they acknoweldge that fact or not) because he seeks truth and does not tolerate the "shades of gray" that modern progressives want to foist on our population. And as he says, "Let the media try to dig some dirt on him - he as NOTHING to hide!" All the leftist/statists can do is twist his words and foment anger with that twisting. However, he shows in this book that he's a really smart man with a great sense of humor, so he'll be very word-crafting careful in what he says.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish Dr. Carson well and pray for his strength and courge as God taps him on the shoulder to run for President of the United States in 2016. American needs this kind of common sense rationale.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lee DeForest 03-18-13 Member Since 2009
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    "An incredible history lesson and encouragement."
    If you could sum up America the Beautiful in three words, what would they be?

    Ben Carson's life story from the inner city of Detroit to becoming a neurosurgeon and head of John Hopkins is inspiring and educational. His outlook on life and what ails this country is an educational we all should respect.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of America the Beautiful?

    The fact that Ben's mother could neither read or write, yet was able to instill such tenacity and character in him is monumental.


    What about Dion Graham’s performance did you like?

    Dion Graham's performance was top notch. You tended to forget it wasn't Ben Carson narrating.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Guy with An Opinion Someplace in US 03-18-13
    Guy with An Opinion Someplace in US 03-18-13

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    "Just learned of Benjamin Carson and his story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of America the Beautiful to be better than the print version?

    Yes. I often both read and listen. In this case I like the audio better. I prefer when the author narates his or her own.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of America the Beautiful?

    When Dr Carson details the current political problems


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed several times.


    Any additional comments?

    I only heard of the Dr last month. I learned how close his views reflect mine by watching utub, watching the movie Helping Hands and readinf this book. I now hope he is on the 2016 presidental ticket

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rosanna Greenlawn, NY, United States 03-18-13
    Rosanna Greenlawn, NY, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Dr. Ben Carson is a genius"
    What made the experience of listening to America the Beautiful the most enjoyable?

    All his understanding and so many different subjects.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of America the Beautiful?

    Hearing that he wasn't the smartest kid his in elementary school.


    Have you listened to any of Dion Graham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't, but his performance in this one was really good.


    If you could give America the Beautiful a new subtitle, what would it be?

    How America can remain a super power.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a must read for all children in high school.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Diane WARWICK, RI, United States 05-07-12
    Diane WARWICK, RI, United States 05-07-12
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    "A must read for all."
    Would you listen to America the Beautiful again? Why?

    I already have, I have listened to it twice and plan to listen to it again. Ben Carson's life and subsequent achievements are an inspiration to all Americans. His diplomatic, yet no nonsense views and ideas on government are awe inspiring. He is a true American success story. Proving once again that a parent who tempers love and disipline with a strong sense of self worth, can over come unbelievably difficult obstacles. Too many parents believe, as the government does, give them everything. Ben's mother had the intuitive belief that education and good values would prove far more valuable. I believe that this gentleman should if at all possible, seek an office in the public service sector. I believe he could very well be the next president of this great land. Looking forward to any future books.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    His humble way of describing his childhood, teen years and young adulthood. He did not shy away from telling how as a child the discrimination he experienced hurt him deeply. His recounting of the years of being treated as a second class citizen, instead of holding on to the hurt and anger he felt, he used the it as a type of fuel to do better and prove his self-worth. His candid accounts are heartbreaking. Yet there is no lingering loathing. Only a desire to give back. I admire this man greatly.


    Which character – as performed by Dion Graham – was your favorite?

    The author himself.


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to any further books, articles or blogs from Ben Carson. Once again, I believe he has what it takes to be a leader. I am curious as to the role his wife played in the writing of this book. My guess is she is a great asset to a great man!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Michael J Foley 03-18-13
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    "A Breadth of fresh air Dr Ben Carson."
    Would you consider the audio edition of America the Beautiful to be better than the print version?

    Only heard the audio addition but would definitely consider the written version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Dr Carson maintain focus on America while telling his story. This is something all politicians lose very soon after being elected. Dr Carson although not a politician should run for office at the national level. We need him and more people like him to lead this country.


    What does Dion Graham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Dion brings the infliction of reading something I find not all people do well - he does.


    Any additional comments?

    Agood book worth spending the time to read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer IVINS, UTAH, United States 03-11-13
    Amazon Customer IVINS, UTAH, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great insight and suggestions to today's morals"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Ben presents why our country has succeeded in the past and suggest not straying from our proven method of success.


    Any additional comments?

    Ben is no stranger to hardships and his ability to overcome challenges and adapt to the environment is motivating. I was surprised with the openness and blatant challenge to the leadership of our country that he displays, but I could not deny the logic and well placed suggestions to restore greatness to my country.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James Noxen, PA, United States 03-11-13
    James Noxen, PA, United States 03-11-13
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    "A great American."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Conservative readers will Love this book. Liberal readers will find fault, but may still be impressed by this man.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jason VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, United States 03-05-13
    Jason VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great history lessons and balanced solutions"
    Where does America the Beautiful rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Great historical reference book for current application


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Ben Carson's life speaks from real experiences


    Have you listened to any of Dion Graham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N/a


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Historical facts. Logical approac


    Any additional comments?

    Will listen again and share

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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