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Ben Carson, MD, was raised by a poor single mother in Detroit. He retired as the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital after a groundbreaking medical career of more than thirty-five years. He is the author of eight previous books including One Nation, America the Beautiful, and Gifted Hands. A former member of the President’s Council on Bioethics, heBen Carson, MD, was raised by a poor single mother in Detroit. He retired as the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital after a groundbreaking medical career of more than thirty-five years. He is the author of eight previous books including One Nation, America the Beautiful, and Gifted Hands. A former member of the President’s Council on Bioethics, he is the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the country. He and his wife and co-author, Candy Carson, are the founders of the Carson Scholars Fund, which recognizes the achievements of deserving young people. They have three grown children and two grandchildren, and now live in Florida....

Title : A More Perfect Union: What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties
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  • Ariel
    2019-05-21 04:43

    I picked this book up because my daughter is taking an American History course and is about to take a test on the formation of the U.S. Constitution. This book has an excellent chapter on precisely what she will be tested on. The rest of the book is an examination of the constitution along with some anecdotes from Ben Carson's life. Everyone should know their constitutional rights. The founding fathers put in place a brilliant document that has stood the test of time. The federalists insured we would have a government strong enough to take it's place as a world leader and the anti-federalists left us the legacy of the first ten amendments that protect our personal freedom. The founding fathers were able to achieve the delicate balance between personal rights and the protection afforded us by a strong central government. They set up such an amazing system that you don't have to be born with a title to succeed, we reward ingenuity and inventiveness. So why is it important for Americans to study the constitution? Because there are those in the federal government who are trying usurp your rights via unconstitutional laws like the Patriot Act. Constitutional rights aren't something most people think about until they have been violated. The founding fathers set up a government that is supposed to operate according to the will of the people not just the wealthy and privileged. In order to make sure that happens it is incumbent on us to know our rights. You don't have to support Ben Carson as a presidential candidate in order to benefit from this book, though personally I think a lot of what he has to say is relevant which is probably why he is leading in the polls. The more I study the constitution the more I am awed at it's brilliance. The presidential candidate whose platform most closely adheres to the constitution will be the one who gets my vote.

  • Rama
    2019-06-18 05:39

    The Republican Presidential Candidate Ben Carson expounds on the US Constitution In this book entitled, "A More Perfect Union" The Republican Presidential Candidate Ben Carson expounds on the US Constitution. This is an inspiring book to understand and defend our Constitution. Written in plain and easy to understand English, the presidential candidate explains the basic teachings of the American Constitution and what it stands for, and how they inspired the founding fathers. He elaborates on the freedom guaranteed to us, and how we can protect and defend our rights, and the American way of living. He explains the current events and controversial issues facing the nation. He stresses that it is important for Americans to defend the Bill of Rights, which guarantees our freedom to speech, right to bear arms, practice our religion, and much more.Ben Carson is one of the few candidates who understands the dangers of Islam and explains how it is incompatible with the Constitution that upholds a democratic society. The teachings of Islam contrasts the very principles that upholds the Western civilization.Ben Carson is a 2016 Republican Party candidate for President of the United States and a retired Johns Hopkins Medical School Neurosurgeon. After delivering a widely publicized speech at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast meeting, he became a popular conservative figure in political media for his views on social and political issues. A More Perfect Union" is one of at least seven books from Ben Carson that have become bestsellers. Strongly recommended to all conservative readers who like to uphold the constitution, and the supporters of Ben Carson.

  • Book
    2019-05-24 04:40

    A More Perfect Union: What We The People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties by Ben Carson, MD“A More Perfect Union" is an informative introduction to the key elements of the Constitution. Dr. Ben Carson provides the general public with his views on why understanding the Constitution is vital to preserving liberty for all. Find out why this progressive reviewer found this book to be an upgrade to his previous book, “One Nation”. This educational 253-page book includes fifteen chapters revolving around the Constitution.Positives:1. A well-written, well-referenced and accessible book.2. An excellent topic, understanding the Constitution and how it relates to our liberties.3. An excellent and easy to follow format. Dr. Carson’s tone is pleasant 4. Clearly lays out what the Constitution is all about, “We have a governing document, the Constitution of the United States, which outlines the freedoms of the American people and establishes a nation where those freedoms are protected and honored.”5. Explains the reasoning behind the Constitution. “Recognizing the danger of human nature, our founders wisely created a Constitution that would curtail federal power, building in checks and balances.”6. A look at the history of the Constitution. “Of the seventy-four delegates, nineteen declined their appointments. Also missing in action were two notables: Thomas Jefferson, who at the time of the convention was in Paris serving as minister to France; and John Adams, who was minister to Great Britain. That left fifty-five delegates in attendance at the Constitutional Convention, although only thirty-nine of them signed the Constitution.”7. A look at the so-called Great Compromise.8. Understanding the importance of the preamble to the Constitution. “This preamble is the Constitution’s introductory statement and sets forth the general principles and goals of our governmental structure. It reveals the hearts of the founders and lays out their goals.”9. The importance of the will of the people and why the founders placed safeguards. “It is important to remember that it is a natural human tendency to accrue power and try to dominate others.”10. Interesting observations on how to preserve the union.11. There are in fact a lot of quotes that resonate with me. “Ensuring justice is a vital element of ensuring domestic tranquility, because people who feel that they are being treated fairly are much more likely to be tranquil.” Agreed.12. A very important quote. “Partisanship is a huge obstacle to fairness.” Agreed. 13. The culture of dependency. “A culture of dependency can rapidly develop when people are provided with things rather than with opportunities.” 14. Actually presents a sensible environmental approach. “When functioning properly, the EPA should work in conjunction with industry and academia to discover and employ the best strategies for preserving our environment while still being able to take advantage of our abundant natural resources.”15. Discusses the seven articles of the Constitution, article by article. “The first article of the Constitution establishes the rules for the branch of our government that writes our laws. It tells us who can make the laws, sets in place the procedures for writing them, and tells us their scope and limits.”16. Does a good job of going over the basic principles of the American government. “Every state has two senators, which gives all states equal power in the Senate. The number of representatives each state has in the House of Representatives is proportionate to the state’s population, which gives the large states more power in that body of Congress. Currently we have 535 members of Congress, 100 of whom are in the Senate and 435 of whom are in the House of Representatives.”17. The role of the president. “Congress limits the president’s power to executing the laws passed by Congress.”18. The role of the Supreme Court. “The Supreme Court of the United States sits at the pinnacle of the federal judicial system and is responsible for the interpretation of laws.”19. A look at the Bill of Rights. “It wasn’t long before Americans found the need to improve on the Constitution and passed the first ten amendments, known as the Bill of Rights. These were adopted in 1791, and many of them are much more familiar to the general public than is the Constitution itself. This is because the Bill of Rights specifically guarantees individual rights of citizens and is responsible for many of our freedoms today.”20. The Constitution is included as an Appendix.Negatives:1. Lacks depth. Clearly, this book is intended for laypeople. If you seek an introductory level understanding of the Constitution this book works fine, otherwise it’s lacking.2. The following negatives cover some of my disagreements with Dr. Carson. “Constitutional government recognizes and bows to the will of a godly, educated population.” Godly? We have a secular, ungodly document. Clearly, any educated person would understand our excellent Constitution to be so.3. “Many of the framers subscribed to a political theory that viewed all human rights as being derived from God. Therefore, even though the Constitution never mentions God, it was steeped in a Christian understanding of politics.” Interesting though, that two of the most important men behind the writing of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson, respectively were also the least religious. In fact, Jefferson was labeled an atheist by his rivals.4. “For instance, when we hear about a local school trying to take the words ‘under God’ out of the Pledge of Allegiance, we should personally get involved in voicing our opposition to such censorship.” That would go against the very Constitution you espouse sir. By the way, under God was added in the 1950s and was never part of the original pledge. 5. “It is much better to deal with these issues logically and with respect for tradition than through the emotional lens of the politically correct ideology of the moment.” What is it with Dr. Carson and political correctness? I agree that there are elements on both parties that want to control free speech but please be more specific about it.6. “The federal government constantly attempts to control every aspect of our lives.” As in not respecting the reproductive rights of women? Not allowing same-sex couples to enjoy in the “sanctity” of marriage? Sure, there may be some elements of nanny state at times but it’s hard to be credible on this topic when you espouse intruding on women’s very personal issues.7. “It is true that slavery ended only through the bloodshed of the Civil War, but that tragic event became necessary only because Americans had not been diligent in addressing the evil of slavery properly.” Unfortunately, the Bible fails as a moral guide by endorsing the very evil that Dr. Carson rightfully denounces. Furthermore, Dr. Carson has stated many times publicly that the Bible is the foundation of morality. Cognitive dissonance?8. “I would argue that marriage was established as a religious ceremony that officially recognizes the establishment of a family and creates an ideal environment for the raising of children.” What about religious organizations that sanctify same-sex marriages? Do they not have the same rights? Christianity alone has thousands of denominations.9. “On the other hand, German citizens were disarmed by their government in the late 1930s, and by the mid-1940s Hitler’s regime had mercilessly slaughtered six million Jews and numerous others whom they considered inferior.” Really? Do you honestly believe that armed Jews would have stood a chance against the Nazis? The issue wasn’t the disarmament; the issue was a sick dictator. Countries like Australia have basically disarmed their citizens and have in fact far fewer deaths caused by guns. 10. “No group of American citizens should be singled out for extra taxation and no group should be spared taxation on the federal level. A flat tax may be the only tax that truly treats everyone fairly and thus promotes the general welfare.” On the surface this statement sounds fair but in practice it’s not. Those who are able to should in fact contribute more in taxes than those who aren’t. I agree with closing loopholes and eliminating unfair subsidies. 11. “In many cases they pay for the private education of the youths in faith-based schools. Nearly 100 percent of those young men not only graduate from high school but also pursue higher education and become contributing members of society.” I’m all for helping people but the government should NOT be in the faith business. Separation of church and state.12. “Promoting two-parent homes is another way of supporting the general welfare that infuriates progressives.” Infuriates? On the contrary, progressives support same-sex marriages that would only enhance two-parent homes.13. “Our children’s freedom today is threatened by debt, ignorance, and abortion. To maintain the spirit of the Constitution, we must address these dangers before it is too late.” Abortion? Empowering women and funding Planned Parenthood would actually lower the amount of abortions that Dr. Carson condemns. 14. “Just as it is our responsibility not to pass debt on to our children, it is our responsibility to pass knowledge on to them.” Agreed, so let’s make sure we don’t teach creationism in our science classes. And Dr. Carson, our planet is NOT 10,000 year old or less. Please don’t let your faith get in the way of the facts as they correspond to the best of our scientific knowledge.15. No formal bibliography.In summary, this is a very basic, readable book about the Constitution. Unlike previous books by Dr. Carson the religious undertone is kept at a minimum and the book is quite useful and informative. The book is fairly bland however and it’s apparent that it was written to take advantage of his candidacy and to appeal to the masses. He rarely ventures out to some of his controversial stances but when he does he suffers from the very political correctness that he accuses the left of. A useful book for the layperson but there are much better books that cover this important topic. “America’s Constitution: A Biography”, “The Bill of Rights”, “The Law of the Land”, and “America’s Unwritten Constitution” by Akhil Reed Amar, “The Words We Live By” by Linda R. Monk, “The Penguin Guide to the United States Constitution” by Richard Beeman, “Ratification” by Pauline Maier, “The Bill of Rights” by Carol Berkin, and “The Constitution: An introduction” by Michael and Luke Paulsen.

  • Skyler
    2019-06-13 09:05

    Ugh, this book. I had a difficult time discerning what the point of this book was because it doesn't read like most of the books coming out this year by these other politicos running for high office. It's not quite in the same vein as Rubio's and Trump's recent efforts, both of which provide a comprehensive overview of their philosophies on governance and their stances on a variety of expected issues. Nor was it autobiographical in nature like Cruz's A Time for Truth (though I suppose Carson covered that ground in his earlier book Gifted Hands.) No, A More Perfect Union essentially reads like a school report on the Constitution. He breaks it down, section by section, providing a very basic and cursory overview of the document's many components. Why does he feel a book like this is necessary? I have no idea and spent much of my time reading it struggling to comprehend why this book was even published. This is basically a regurgitation of what a simple Google search will provide via Wikipedia or some similar source. My major gripes: 1. Painful analogies, weakly connected to the topics at hand. Where do I begin with this one? Sprinkled throughout the book are brief little episodes from the life of Carson that he tries (emphasis on tries) to link to elements of the Constitution. Many of these connections are tenuous at best, and at worst make him appear painfully simple-minded. Examples of this include a story of his mother considering the purchase of a car she later discovered to be a lemon (which he connects to the importance of knowing constitutional history) and a weird little license-plate scam tale in which he almost falls victim to a plot by criminals who, after stealing the license plate off his car, try to extort money out of him (this one he uses to underscore the importance of knowing your rights). Oh, and my favorite was the parallel he drew between conjoined baby twins and gay people (something about how we can't completely cater to the needs of abnormalities within the population, so just as we can't manufacture car seats for conjoined twins, neither can we allow gays the right to marry. Yeah, he went there.)2. The History of the Constitution chapter. Before Carson delves into his excruciatingly basic breakdown of the actual document, he devotes a chapter to the history of the Constitution, which he says (and I would agree) is necessary to fully understand the document. The problem is he dedicates a mere 19 pages to the document's history, of which 11 are basically just biographical sketches of those in attendance at the convention. The vignettes are grouped into different sections (e.g., "Soldiers," "Businessmen," etc.), the most comprehensive (of course) being the section on "Doctors." Again, it's another instance that reads like a Wikipedia entry. Carson manages to reduce one of the most exciting periods of U.S. history into a dull Who's Who of the American Revolution. 3. Carson the mind-reader. Of course, I understand that Carson is currently running for the presidency, so naturally he is going to shade his explanations of the Constitution with his ideological preferences. BUT it drove me crazy the number of times he spoke on behalf of the Founders without any real evidence or sources to back up his claims. "The Founders believed this...", "The Founders wanted that..."....where is your proof?? On a related note, the constant clumping together of the Founding Fathers only serves to highlight the fact that he lacks a nuanced understanding of the variations that existed among the philosophies of these great minds. According to Carson, the Founders were of one mind on virtually every major issue pertaining to this new government, from guns to religion and everything in between.4. The sources. It is always interesting to read through the notes and sources of informational texts like this that have as authors individuals who are clearly not authorities on the subject. At the end of the book, Carson lists 50 sources used throughout the book's fifteen chapters. Of these, 40 are internet websites. That is a whopping 80% of the sources listed that are straight off the internet. Sure, some of them are legitimate, but he also includes an article from, a "This Day in History" piece from, and as among these sources that he consulted for this work. He also omits sources used in one chapter entirely (the one on Article 3, the judicial branch).5. His understanding of current events. There are a few examples of Carson discussing various aspects of the Constitution within the context of current events. Some of these were alarmingly egregious in how far from reality Carson strayed to make whatever point he was trying to make. A few examples: Carson argues that Clarence Thomas's nomination to the Supreme Court was opposed because he was a conservative and because he was black. No discussion whatsoever on the very serious (and very credible) accusations of sexual harassment as a reason for why many were against this very skeevy man's nomination. Similarly disturbing was his permissive attitude toward allowing our nation's soldiers to flout the Geneva Conventions. Apparently not wanting to act like the Nazis or the Japanese in WWII or any other country throughout history that has committed wartime atrocities makes one an out-of-touch ivory tower elite. This is clearly not a work of serious constitutional scholarship. Instead, it's the work of a man who has never held political office trying to show his base that he at least understands the U.S. Constitution. Unfortunately, much of his work here inadvertently only serves to prove how superficial, and in some cases how misinformed, that understanding actually is.P.S. I did very much enjoy the Glamour Shots pose he chose to use in his cover photograph.

  • Will Fuqua
    2019-06-18 09:55

    I'm breaking my rules a bit by reviewing this book since I didn't read the whole thing, but I think I've got the gist of it. Its not my fault most of it is an incredibly boring and farcically misleading retelling of 3rd grade history and civics class (Why are you trying to explain the history of the British colonies in North America AND the American revolution in 3 pages????). In the few areas where he discusses relevant policy matters, as opposed to just listing the powers granted to the government in the constitution and whining about "bureaucrats", Carson's analysis fails to pass muster. Or even have citations.Basically, if you like Ben Carson and his folksy anecdotes, you'll probably like this book, but if you like serious thought look elsewhere. Even as a campaign manifesto, this doesn't give me much idea about what Carson would do if elected besides worship a bubblegum shrine of the constitution like Helga in Hey Arnold!.

  • Tina
    2019-05-31 04:43

    A great review of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. I don't agree with Dr. Carson on all the issues, but I do know how important it is to understand the Constitution and will vote for a candidate who, not only understands it but will uphold the Constitution as the Founding Fathers intended.

  • Blake
    2019-05-31 02:52

    I'm soooooooo glad Dr. Carson is going to be our next president. so refreshing to have a president who will actually uphold the constitution :)

  • Simon Keller
    2019-05-31 06:50

    A More Perfect Union: What We the People Can Do To Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberty by Dr. Ben Carson, is a political book, teaching people about the constitution and telling people how they can defend the document when other people try to interpret it wrongly. He talks about the history of the Constitution as regards to the founding fathers and history of the United States during the late 18th century. Carson writes in a straightforward and factual way using and explaining citizen’s rights like with privacy. “Everyone is entitled to their private thoughts and musings without fear of exposure”(65). Carson reaffirms everyone’s rights throughout the book and teaches people how to preserve it. I like that Carson uses personal stories and ties them into his lesson like when he got pulled over by a police officer for speeding. “I protested, stating my car was not capable of the speed he accused us of, but to no avail. The officer suggested that I meet him in court, which I did… I informed the judge that the police had been using radar equipment that operated on the Doppler effect”(141). Carson later explains that the signal could be substantially degraded by angulation of the hill and the judge dismissed the case. Carson informs people more about the legal system and the judicial branch. I also enjoy that Carson analyses the Constitution and gives the actual article and his analysis of it as the writers intended. I am intrigued by the detail Carson uses about the history of the Constitution and what happened during the time period. I would recommend this book to everyone. Everyone should read about the Constitution and know their rights as citizens. People hoping to learn more about Ben Carson should also read this book.

  • Jacob
    2019-05-26 06:59

    I was curious to learn more about Ben Carson, so when I saw he published a new book, I read it right away. Unfortunately, this book is just an overview of the constitution, with Ben Carson's commentary and interpretation of what it means. I can't really say that I learned anything substantial from his comments as they mostly just echoed the stereotypical conservative ideas of the day. Ben Carson really dislikes gun control and the national obsession over political correctness, and it seems as thought he finds place at every point in the constitution to point this out. I was definitely hoping for something more enlightening.

  • Thomas
    2019-05-28 05:58

    In this book, Dr. Ben Carson demonstrates his knowledge of early American history and his knowledge of the constitution. Dr Carson breaks down the constitution section by section and defines every meaning. Reading A More Perfect Union is a great to brush up or expand your knowledge about the constitution.

  • Mindy Buenemann
    2019-06-20 02:57

    I enjoyed this book and a ver good civics refresher. He did a great job of explaining the importance of our constitution and how important it is for the citizens to be involved with the election process. Very good break down of each part of the constitution and the bill of rights. I think this would be helpful for any voting citizen regardless of your political preference.

  • Chandler
    2019-06-16 04:59

    Ben Carson really breaks down the constitution by discussing the history and meaning of each part and how it applies to our time. He also places much emphasis on the importance for U.S. citizens to stand up for and protect the constitution in various ways. I would read it again.

  • Melanie
    2019-06-10 06:09

    A More Perfect Union was a great nonfiction read. I loved learning more about the U.S. Constitution.

  • Anthony Agonias
    2019-05-22 03:41

    That was absolutely painful. It was like listening to a fifth grader's class report.

  • Bill
    2019-05-29 05:54

    This book wasn't that great. It was merely a commentary on the Constitution. It seems that Carson just wanted to get his name out before the 2016 election.

  • Robert Vincent
    2019-06-16 03:03

    This book is advocacy for the U.S. Constitution with the theme of “We the People”. The title, “A More Perfect Union” describes the transition from the Articles of Confederation, a perpetual union to the Constitution that unites the states in a Republic unique among the nations of the world.Dr. Carson gives the history and the description, and workings of the governing document of our nation. He relates how the constitution has guaranteed liberty to “We the People”. And calls us today, “We the People” to preserve that liberty we’ve inherited so future generations can enjoy it as well. Dr. Carson says that the Preamble sets forth the general principles and goals of our governmental structure. The simple statement of the Preamble embodies the whole of the intent of this “more perfect union” in dictionary terms envisioned by our forefathers. The Preamble is the purpose statement for the Articles and Amendments that follow in the Constitution. Just dwell on the completeness of the one sentence statement that expresses the freedoms with security that “We the People” enjoy:“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” Ben Carson gives commentary on each phrase of the Preamble and then describes the background, and workings of each article and amendment in the body of the book. He explains the amazing reasonableness of the constitution’s provisions and how that if the principles are followed we will maintain “a more perfect union”. Every government officer who pledges to uphold the constitution gives a sacred trust to “We the People”. But as Dr. Carson tells us “We the People” have a responsibility as well. That responsibility is to to hold our leaders accountable to adhere to the constitution of which they have pledged allegiance.Dr. Ben Carson gives “We the People” a warning in the last chapter, “A Call to Action”:“When the delegates at the Constitutional Convention framed our Constitution more than two hundred years ago, they were seeking to improve on a union that was too weak. Today our challenge is to rein in a union that is growing too strong. Keeping a government restrained is hard. People always want more power, and power corrupts.”

  • Cynthia
    2019-05-22 04:47

    This was a very clear explanation of why we need to be educated citizens, in order to keep the freedoms our Founding Fathers so painstakingly prescribed in the Constitution. If we don't know what it says, how we will we be able to insist that our elected representatives uphold it?A good primer to anyone new to our country, also.

  • Bruce
    2019-05-29 05:52

    Carson asserts that we are in the mess we are in largely because Americans do not know their own history nor much about the Constitution and the amendments to it.He is, in my opinion spot on with that assessment.His book is an attempt to change that by explaining it in simple yet effective prose the history of our founding documents and how easy it is to grasp what the words mean when an ideology does not drive interpretation.It seems clear to me anyway that the progressive left is hell bent on treating the Constitution as if it were made of silly putty and useful only to twist into any shape that fits their radical agenda.Carson's book is important and needed. My only complaint is that it is sad he had to write a book that should have been covered in High School civics and presented as something we could, as Americans be rightfully proud of.The educational system, dominated by leftists wishing to reshape the Constitution have thus far brainwashed the young. Let's hope that Carson's book is useful in reversing the situation. One final thought. Carson makes mention that among those responsible for the first amendments to the Constitution five were doctors like himself. He goes on to say that doctors (like other professionals ) often are well versed in other disciplines apart from their speciality.This is certainly true and it makes a good argument against the monopoly of career politicians who tend to be lawyers.I have nothing against lawyers running for office but I also think there is great value in doctors, business people and other professionals toss their hats into the ring and given a fair shake. Public service and that's what government is supposed to be should not be thought of in terms of a career; but rather a time spent to serve the American people and America's best interests. I think Carson fits that attitude and I think his surging popularity reflects many American's loss of patience with the establishment politicians of both parties.

  • Dirk Pratt
    2019-06-02 02:56

    Ben Carson's 'A More Perfect Union' analyzes and explains the Constitution in a simplified manner. It is presented in a way that the majority of the people who read this will have a better understanding of the Constitution. Carson also explains that the Constitution is in fact a simple and straightforward document and that too many politicians have manipulated and trampled, tried to re-define the meaning or simply over-ruled it. The Constitution of the United States plainly states its goals in the preamble and then follows up with specific guidelines in order for our government to function in a non-socialist manner. One of the main things that I like about Carson's book is that he doesn't inundate you with multiple examples of how corrupt our government truly is. His main focus is to teach Americans what our Constitution means and why it is the greatest document of our time. Another point is that people have the power to decide the course of action - through voting - and by voting at the local, county and state level one is electing representatives of our community to make and cast votes the will bring about change that We the People want. And the last key point that I will say is that Carson is a strong supporter of States rights. The majority of the power should not rest in the Federal government, rather it should be up to the states to decide the course of action for certain issues. That the votes by the community need to stand and not simply overturned by a federal judge who disagrees with the outcome of the vote. The Federal government's role is to support the states by protecting all citizens, ensuring that our freedoms are not trampled on, and govern within the confines of the Constitution - so that power does not lie in a Centralized Government but rather with the People.

  • Teresa Law
    2019-06-17 09:09

    What a great book! This is like taking a personal study course on the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Clearly lays out the three branches of government and how their powers are "checks and balances" to each other. PLUS, it lays out what powers each branch actually has and HOW those powers balance each other. Really helps readers to think about how the branches keep overstepping each other when it is not legal for them to do so. As you read through this, you will think back upon the instances you remember where this has happened. I took tons of notes - here is one regarding the Legislative Branch aka Congress: "A bill that is passed by both houses of Congress becomes law only after it has been reviewed and accepted by the president." However, with an ink pen, the president can derail all the work of "hundreds of legislators who represent the will of the people." So even if the American people demand something through their Senators and Representatives, and even if those two Houses PASS what we ask for, a president with his own agenda can simply write off what could be years of work because he does not agree with it. I know we learned about the 3 branches in school but I don't know if we always pay much attention so self-study is always fun. This book, being laid out so clearly and simply - I'd say even Middle Schoolers will get a thorough understanding of our basic governmental structure, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Especially recommended if they are studying government in school - it makes everything clear rather than muddled!

  • Lance Lumley
    2019-06-05 02:58

    I like Ben Carson, and have read most of his books, and picked this book from my local library. However, this should not deter someone who does not like him from reading this book, because it is mainly a history of how the Constitution and The Bill of Rights were created and what they mean. The first part is the history of, and the second half of the book breaks down what the Articles are saying. Carson does not push his agenda in the book, even though he does point out how certain politicians have warped their power from what the Founding Fathers originally created the documents to be. Even if you are not a Carson supporter, you can get this book to read what is in the document. I went to the back of the book, read the Constitution Article, then turned back to the chapter and read the summary by Carson. This book is a good refresher on what our Constitutional Rights are in America, and amazing to see how both parties have warped what some of the ideas the Founding Fathers tried to create.Being a Conservative politically, I found this book enjoyable, especially when comparing the document with the rights of the States that The Supreme Court and the President have ignored recently, but regardless of party affiliation, this book is a great refresher, as many schools do not teach what is written in the Constitution at all. Don't let your opinion of Carson affect the chance to read up before voting time on our history and rights as Americans.

  • Paige Gordon
    2019-05-27 03:44

    Yet again, Dr Carson has delivered an insightful, thought-provoking book that I believe every single American should be required to read. This one is essentially a primer on our Constitution and provides some sorely needed insight into what it says, and why it says what it does. With the overall lack of public knowledge (myself included) about this extremely important document, and the relentless rhetoric from certain politicians espousing things that are in direct opposition to it, I can't overstate how important the concepts in this book are to maintaining America as the greatest nation the world has ever known. If you have not read it yet, this book is an absolute must! Get a copy today and study it thoroughly - Future generations will thank you for it. Favorite Quote:"Some legal scholars insist that the phrases in the Constitution do not mean what they say, and politicians torture the Constitution's vocabulary, distorting its meaning in order to further their own agendas. When an average citizen protests, these 'Elite Thinkers' respond condescendingly saying that Constitutional scholarship is a matter for experts, not for voters. Nothing could be further from the truth. While the Constitution is indeed complex, it is simple enough to be understood by anyone with a basic education."

  • Dottie Parish
    2019-06-16 10:49

    A More Perfect Union is a good summary of the history of the Constitution and the Bill of rights. Dr. Ben Carson wrote this book to help Americans understand the need to hold onto our liberties in this day of political correctness. We need to understand the kind of country our founding fathers planned. We need to know that the Bill of Rights guarantees our freedom of speech, our right to bear arms, our right to be true to our faith. Here’s a quote from the book. “Our Constitution was not designed to create uniformity of speech, behavior, or beliefs. Instead it was designed to ensure that everyone could live, speak and believe as they pleased, as long as their actions did not infringe upon the rights of others. …. The wall of separation between church and state is important and should be maintained. However, it should not be extended and interpreted as the separation of God and state. There is nothing in our Constitution or its amendments to indicate that all vestiges of faith must be removed from the public square.” Pg. 157This book is very informative with facts about when and why the amendments were made and more. It’s been a long time since I took an American history course. This book refreshed my memory and taught me more. A More Perfect Union is well worth reading.

  • Brian Mcquaig
    2019-06-19 06:42

    Well… First of all I didn't think they could do it but they found a reader for this audiobook that had the same cadence as Ben Carson. Which means it was much like getting a lecture from one of those professors you've had that put 0 excitement into the subject. Dr. Carson is a great man but he's no Abraham Lincoln in terms of oration.This was crafted as a primer on the Constitution and its amendments. The content was good and a lot of the historical context was excellent. However, several of the subjective comments really went to a lack of understanding of some portions of the constitution. This was especially so in the amendments and in particularly the 17th amendment. Dr. Carson got it all wrong on the 17th amendment IMHO.I'd say it was a good attempt and well worth the read for someone that has never studied the Constitution.There are much better books with more in depth historical commentary on the subject available.Lukewarm review aside, Dr. Carson is one hell of a good man and he should not be taken lightly. He is most definitely on my top five list for presidential candidates. B$

  • Emily Flood
    2019-06-12 04:09

    This being one of the first political books or books about political thought, I found this very good and informative. Part of the reason I picked it up at my library was because I'm on a quest to learn more about the presidential candidates in the race this year, before making a decision, I am trying to be an informed citizen about the candidates on both sides. This being said, this is a book about the constitution, written by Ben Carson. I am not a particularly religious person so the Bible quotes at the beginning of each chapter were something I took with a grain of salt. The information in the chapters and the views he added to the facts presented were very good. I found myself agreeing with a lot of what he had to say and the warnings he was heeding to the future generations. It was very relevant and helpful to me and I learned a lot I didn't know about the constitution in general. It was a very good book, he is a very down to earth type of guy in my opinion.

  • Andy
    2019-06-09 05:48

    Everyone in this country should read this book. Concise, informative, no-nonsense, and inspiring are just a few of the words that come to mind after reading this wonderful book. Carson and his wife break down the Constitution into each part and clearly describe what each means, what the founders motivations were when they constructed this, and how we should be following these ideas to get this country back to what it once was. Carson doesn't call people names, criticize policies, or convey a sense of hopelessness while presenting all this information, and after reading this, one can actually see hope on the horizon if the right person, or people, are back in Washington with the intent to do the right thing. Reading this book can provide a person with an emotional boost in trying times, another reason why I think all Americans should be picking this one up and digesting the pages. I truly believe this man would make an outstanding president.

  • Jim Gallen
    2019-05-27 07:55

    “A More Perfect Union” is Dr. Ben Carson’s analysis of the U. S. Constitution. Early on he establishes that doctors have long been involved in American government based on their intelligence, education and experience. He explains the basis of the Constitution, to protect the citizens’ rights and how the lessons learned by the Founders are reflected in the Constitutional provisions. At times the author drifts into commentary on current challenges and affairs and presents his view on how the Constitution relates to them, why it is important and what we must do to enable it to continue to protect our rights. Toward the end he reads the text of the Constitution.“A More Perfect Union” is interesting reading for anyone with a familiarity with the Constitution, and a necessity for those unaware of its provisions.

  • David
    2019-06-06 03:59

    Dr. Carson provides some great insight & perspective on our US Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the rest of the amendments. His method of presentation highlights the key points by pulling out the words that provide the most important aspects of each article or amendment and then giving some history behind the purpose of each of them and what problem or issue the Founders were trying to address or anticipate. Dr. Carson cautions what is at stake if the American citizens lose sight of the importance of reading, understanding, using, and defending the Constitution. The book includes the complete text for the Constitution and all of the Amendments in an appendix. This is a great read for anyone who wants to improve their understanding of the Constitution as well as those who are not that familiar with it. Recommended for all Americans.

  • Steven Dzwonczyk
    2019-06-08 04:09

    "A More Perfect Union" by Ben Carson was a high school civics course on steroids. Ben goes through the US Constitution from the preamble through the final ammendment putting it in plain language anyone can understand, providing historical perspective for why particular clauses were included, and how our politicians uphold or fail to uphold the Constitution. It is admittedly from a Republican perspective, but he calls out both parties and the media for failing to live up to their roles in the republic. He especially calls out the use of executive orders as over-reach and the law writing by the judicial branch as unconstitutional. He is a very thoughtful writer who puts respect for fellow man at the top of all requirements of citizens. This is an important read in the run up to the presidential election.

  • Salem Lorot
    2019-06-01 05:06

    It is a good book to understand the US Constitution. I loved the plain language and the analogies and anecdotes. I loved the memorable quote from Thomas Paine:"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country, but he that stands it NOW, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: 'this dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods, and it would be strange indeed, if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated."