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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
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By Jonathan Love on 06-12-14
Please lead our nation from the brink of...
Like most, I had not previously heard of Dr. Carson (despite his previous media fame) until the National Prayer Breakfast. This book is an answer to all of the questions that immediately sprung the following morning e.g., who is Ben Carson, why was he asked to speak, did he just challenge POTUS, what are his politics.
He answers all of these and more. Specifically the charge that he 'embarrassed' POTUS and needed to apologize. Also he addresses his mea culpa following the fallout of his 'lumping together homosexuality and bestiality', which was feigning ignorance to the sensitivity of the LGBT community with bestiality.
Most importantly, being a good doctor, he prescribes practices that will help alleviate the symptoms and, hopefully, the disease(s) plaguing this country, after every chapter.
I gave only 4 stars to the narrator's performance, but only because I had the expectation that the author would be reading. Prentice Onayemi's voice was actually powerful, yet comforting and I enjoyed it immensely.
Each chapter opens with scripture, mostly proverbs. So if you're offended by a belief in God or by His written word, you'll probably not like anything Dr. Carson says. However, even atheists will find comfort in his wisdom as he calls out extremists on both ends of the ideological spectrum. He calls for civility and perspective throughout the book and simply asks his readers to remember that we're children of God first and foremost.
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By Brian on 06-20-14
Dr. Ben Carson says it like it is
Would you consider the audio edition of One Nation to be better than the print version?
Anyone who has heard or read anything from Dr. Ben Carson will thoroughly enjoy this book. It says a lot for who this man is and shows how much he can offer this country if he were President.
I HIGHLY recommend this excellent book. About all I can add is that it would be even better is Dr. Carson read it himself.
What did you like best about this story?
He never hesitates to give both sides or an issue and explains why he chose his own preferences.
What does Prentice Onayemi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I am a great fan of audio books. I like Prentice's voice and he adds good inflections rather than just straight reading of the book. He has a very calming voice, similar to Dr. Carson.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes, but unfortunately there are other demands on my time, so I had to listen in sections. I love listening to it when I am driving.
Any additional comments?
It is terrific that the audio book version so quickly after the release of the hardbound version.
13 of 15 people found this review helpful