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!
George Washington's life of service to his country and the way he lived his entire life is a model for all American's to follow. The stories of the battles, the relationships, and the betrayals are told in a way that should be used in every school.
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.
This book is irritating with all the references to god. At other times I was exasperated by his insistence on how George Washington and the americans showed the world the way of freedom. If that is so, why is there no mention anywhere of John Locke whose writings were so influential to the Declaration of Independence. Also references to the French Revolution do not seem to take any note that the French Revolution was more like a civil war as the enemy was within. The American revolution was a much cleaner affair as the enemy was a foreign power. As we know, the Americans did eventually have their own bloody civil war. This book is annoying.
Listen as I drive, it works for me
You ask to many stupid questions for a review
I love Ron Mc Larty's reading! I could listen to him anytime, just wonderful!
I Couldn't have been any better
I truly enjoyed this book and I will be listening to it again.Glenn is one of my favorite writers. I love his insights and thoughts that he works into the book with regard to why wewould want to apply this in our lives.I love that Glenn gets his information on George Washington from original sources and really gets into the character of who he was. Great Book!
Glenn Beck does an great job of bringing George Washing to life not just in the book but in our hearts and everyday lives as well. It is written beautifully, painting our beloved first president as a humble man, believing in God and trusting that with patience and prayer even the most impossible task is possible.
I am, however disappointed there is no mention of George Washington being a Freemason. Freemasonry was an extremely large part of his and other Founding Father's lives that this had to be a blatant mission. This is surprising since Mr. Beck himself states,and I am paraphrasing here, that history books published after 1950 are mostly written by liberals with an agenda, filled with half truths. I agree with Mr. Beck on this but I do feel a bit slighted by his lack of honesty in the telling of Mr. Washington's life. I find it confusing that he felt the need to write about Mr. Washington joining the Sons of the Revolution which, although a very worthy organization, holds most of the same ideals of Freemasonry which are mentioned in the book, yet Freemasonry was not mentioned at all.
Overall this book is a great listen. You will learn a lot form Mr. Beck on the man we have been told was larger than life itself. You will find yourself looking at situations differently and thinking, what would George Washington do? You will see parallels in past situations in your live verses Mr. Washington's. Dont be surprised if this book actually changes your way of thinking about and taking on situations.
Say something about yourself!
Love or hate Glenn Beck, this is a fascinating account of the greatest American ever. As I listened, I shed many tears and felt so patriotic throughout the entire book. If only we could all be as unselfish and humble as George, the world would be a much better place. Divine Providence was certainly with George. Thank you, Glenn, for this wonderful book!
Only listened to it, didn't read it.
All the little mentioned facts about George Washington and how they all played a huge part in shaping him as a leader and how they helped him shape our country.
Not sure if I heard him before but he was very good.
It made me proud to be an American.
This should be required reading for ALL American citizens and especially those who are elected to office as a requirement to occupy that "elected" position. I live in an city that played a significant part in the history of the Revolutionary War period, and in very close proximity to a major civil war battlefield. These are the places my parents took us to when on vacation and how I learned about what a great and unique country we live in and mainly all because of one man -- George Washington. Thank you Glen for writing this book.
The book isn't a dry regurgitation of historical facts. The facts are there. But the story is brought to life due to the real like like reading of the book. You feel as if you are there.
What I liked most was how Washington was really just any man. Yet he wasn't He made choices that lead him to where he was. He could have told his mother he was going to leave with his brother. But he did what he knew was right. He obeyed his mother.
He could have said no to Adams and others and not taken the charge of the Continental army, but he did so. And he did so humbly.
The death bed scene with Washington.You really get to understand just how old and weak he had become. The strong, tall man was now reduced. But he died the same humble man he had always been...
Yes, I hated having to leave it. The more I heard the more I wanted to know what would happen next. Even though I knew much of the history already.