No offence to text book writers for their hard work. I just have never learned a thing about George Washington that I actually remember from reading my assigned chapters from the book each night. Although Glenn has taken some creative license when telling the story of George Washington he is very careful to explain the facts at the end of each chapter. By making this leap from the text book format I have finally learned about one of our founding fathers in a way that I can understand and I will remember for years to come. Glenn also makes sure emphasize the attributes that made Washington great as well as some of his flaws in order to understand how we all may achieve greatness in order to help those around us. We could use a few more Washington's and this book is a good place to start.
The book is essentially a story based on fact with signifcant creative license used, I presume with the aim being to assist the reader feel the emotion associated with the various situations presented in the book. Unfortunatey I was looking for something more of a factual relation of history rather than a subjective interpreatation of the events. I was also very frustrated at the author's repeated insitance upon 'providence', or God, playing a role. I view this as a further indication that the book is a highly subjective story rather than an unbiased presentation of the evidence.
I would not recommend this book as I feel the way the historical figures are presented is overly subjective, which may distort the reader's view in a way I feel is irresponsible, unless of course the reader fully understands that this is a story and little more. So, maybe I shoud have looked into it further before I purchased the book!
I really loved this book. I learned a lot about George Washington and was inspired by his life and legacy. I also found myself more grateful for our first President and all he did to provide the freedoms I am blessed with today.
Truly we are a blessed nation and we should all strive to live up to the legacy that has gone before us.
I like the dramatic license of the stories. I think it brings Mr. Washington to life. Interestingly, the author frequently chose to resolve unknown circumstances and events by filling them in with God. It wasn't hard to ignore this in the first few chapters, but by the end of the book it seemed as if it was the predominant theme. In short, it felt like a sermon.
Great historical retelling. Love the insight into George Washington's character and loved the ideas of how we can use George Washington's life as an example and model our behavior after him. Too much negative about today's politicians and a little too much commentary about politics in general. But loved the focus on the constitution.
The facts were very interesting, and Glen Beck is a good narrator. I was put off by his often "proving" that God was responsible for Washington's success. Didn't the other side believe in God?
Civility, honor, convictions, determination, humility, righteousness, self sacrifice are all things that not only seem rare in our modern culture but are rarely often found in our "public servants". This book gave some great insight into the man behind the legend, and has challenged me to live more like this man and more importantly like the Saviour, Jesus Christ, who gave us the ultimate example through the ultimate sacrifice. For human heros I have found that Washington cannot be topped. A mere humble man with standards and humility met divine providence and the greatest country was spared ruin...a least for a while. We have been given a republic...the question, as Benjamin Franklin stated "A republic, if you can keep it". Will we keep it or will we squander the sacrifice of Washington and so many others? Only time will tell, but I am resolved to live more like Washington in my corner of the USA today, and pray God spares us a bit longer.