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Being George Washington | [Glenn Beck]

Being George Washington

If you think you know George Washington, think again. This is the amazing true story of a real-life superhero who wore no cape and possessed no special powers—yet changed the world forever. It's a story about a man whose life reads as if it were torn from the pages of an action novel: Bullet holes through his clothing. Horses shot out from under him. Unimaginable hardship. Disease. Heroism. Spies and double-agents. And, of course, the unmistakable hand of Divine Providence that guided it all.
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Publisher's Summary

If you think you know George Washington, think again.

This is the amazing true story of a real-life superhero who wore no cape and possessed no special powers—yet changed the world forever. It's a story about a man whose life reads as if it were torn from the pages of an action novel: Bullet holes through his clothing. Horses shot out from under him. Unimaginable hardship. Disease. Heroism. Spies and double-agents. And, of course, the unmistakable hand of Divine Providence that guided it all.

Being George Washington is a whole new way to look at history. You won't simply read about the awful winter spent at Valley Forge—you'll live it right alongside Washington. You'll be on the boat with him crossing the Delaware, in the trenches with him at Yorktown, and standing next to him at the Constitutional Convention as a new republic is finally born.

Through these stories you'll not only learn our real history (and how it applies to today), you'll also see how the media and others have distorted our view of it. It's ironic that the best-known fact about George Washington—that he chopped down a cherry tree—is a complete lie. It's even more ironic when you consider that a lie was thought necessary to prove he could not tell one.

For all of his heroism and triumphs, Washington's single greatest accomplishment was the man he created in the process: courageous and principled, fair and just, respectful to all. But he was also something else: flawed.

It's those flaws that should give us hope for today. After all, if Washington had been perfect, then there would be no way to build another one. That's why this book is not just about being George Washington in 1776, it's about the struggle to be him every single day of our lives. Understanding the way he turned himself from an uneducated farmer into the Indispensable (yet imperfect) Man, is the only way to build a new generation of George Washingtons that can take on the extraordinary challenges that America is once again facing.

©2011 Mercury Radio Arts, Inc. All rights reserved. (P)2011 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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    Rick Heath, Texas, United States 01-16-12
    Rick Heath, Texas, United States 01-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    If you could sum up Being George Washington in three words, what would they be?

    Excellent dramatic historical fiction. I was captivated the entire book.


    What about Ron McLarty’s performance did you like?

    The writing style is SUPERB!


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    What a remarkable story. The care taken to assure historical fact was excellent. It flowed beautifully throughout. I am extremely impressed.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Dale Tampa, FL, United States 03-18-12
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    "A life of loyalty, honor, propriety, and integrity"

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jason 12-21-11
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    "George Washington Without the Boring Text Book"

    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.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Seth 05-30-15
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    "Not my favorite book"

    I listened to it because I was interested to listen to something by Glenn Beck. It went back and forth throughout the life of Washington and it was hard to follow.

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    Keith Allen 05-03-15
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    "Wow great book!"

    It's an amazing look at such a critical person in American history. I have a new appreciation for our first president and will try to follow his example.

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    Dave 04-25-15
    Dave 04-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A great representation of a great man!"

    Here is the best book I've "read" on one of the nations most beloved fathers.

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    David West Olive, MI, United States 03-20-15
    David West Olive, MI, United States 03-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great listening"

    Not only a biography but tidbits of wealth of knowledge that made George a great man and statesman!

    They also chose a very good narrator 😃

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    Eoin Dublin, Ireland 02-19-13
    Eoin Dublin, Ireland 02-19-13
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    "God on my side"

    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.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Richard 08-20-12
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    "Great book!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Being George Washington to be better than the print version?

    Listen as I drive, it works for me


    What other book might you compare Being George Washington to and why?

    Killing Lincoln


    Have you listened to any of Ron McLarty’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N/A


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    You ask to many stupid questions for a review


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Wonderful book about a truly inspirational Man"
    Would you try another book from Glenn Beck and/or Ron McLarty?

    I love Ron Mc Larty's reading! I could listen to him anytime, just wonderful!


    What was most disappointing about Glenn Beck’s story?

    Nothing!!!


    How could the performance have been better?

    I Couldn't have been any better


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Being George Washington?

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    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!

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