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.
Whether you like Beck or not, you cant deny that he is a great author. This story about the critical points of Washington's life is factual, with the addition of probable conversations with other historical characters along the way. This makes it great to read/listen too. History can sometimes by dry or boring, Beck has a way of bringing it to life!
I already have! And I have even bought the book to share with family and friends. Most memorable you finish with a new appreciation for the wonderful uniqueness that is The United States of America. You realize the fight for keeping the liberties and freedoms of this country is a battle of the ages from days after the Revolution to today. This book looks at the heart and soul of many players of the time. Interestingly, even Napoleon who although was a traitor, this book unpacks what lead up to his scheming. He is not painted all evil. Napoleon started out sincere and the best of the best. The book stops you for a minute to question what would you do? If situations were switched would even Washington fall into that pit? Interesting!!!!
No. Sometimes I do and you certainly could! However this story is so full of true events and retrospective moments you want to remember and savor it.
I think this is a superb book for young people too. History should be told in compelling stories without a lot of fictionalization. Beck adds details well researched and true to the times. You can trust this author. Most over this book leaves you with appreciation and desire to be a part of this country we are privileged to call home.