“America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great” (book review)

While this book contains numerous facts, it remains easy to read.  When it comes to nonfiction, readability is certainly important.  Unlike fiction, nonfiction does not tend to be “page turners” yet this book certainly kept my interest.

Carson uses United States History and the Constitution, and his own life experience to weave a book that arouses sentiment and patriotism.  Carson’s story is certainly an American story.  From; his childhood in inner city Detroit to the surgery rooms of Johns Hopkins is an amazing journey of determination. Carson is quick to give generous credit to his mother who forced him to read and the reading led to where he is today.  Mrs. Carson saw that he and his brother needed to stay off the streets and away from television. Carson says it in this book and I have heard him say it in interviews that there is no such thing as useless knowledge.

During the course of reading this book the reader is introduced to ideas regarding socialism, capitalism, Judeo-Christian thinking, education, health, and the morals of our nation.   He helps the reader investigate and think clearly about America’s justice system as well as our election process.  In short, it is a complete book.

It reads like a patriotic exposition and autobiography wrapped into a single volume. There were some surprises along the way that he reveals.  For instance, he and his brother were rascals to say the least.  His political persuasion also underwent a renovation and he tells why and how.

I read my version of the book on my Kindle® so there are highlights all over the pages.  It is also available in paper and ink, and even in audio.  This is a book that will last for years to come.  History teachers could easily incorporate it into lesson plans and at the same time, Sunday School teachers will find Carson’s story of conversion fascinating to use in lesson illustrations.

Don’t miss reading this book.  You may be able to find it at your public library, but I’d hate not to be able to underline and highlight if I read it as a borrowed book.


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