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.
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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!
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.
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.
Fast-paced and revealing of important historical moments and men that shaped our country. You have to know the history to honor it and continue in the direction intended. Grateful for men like this.
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 😃
While I am not a real Beck fan myself I truly loved this books and will listen to it many times I am sure in the years to come. I will also be gifting this book. I enjoyed listening and learning about the man who was one of our nations greatest at a tome when we are clearly a leaderless country. Too bad we cannot make this required for all members of Congress and the Whitehouse. Maybe they would learn something about how they are destroying our nation.
As a student of history, it provided details about the events surrounding General/President Washington the I was not aware. But what makes Being George Washington unique, is Author Beck's take on Washington's character in dealing with circumstances.
The several accounts throughout the work of Providence sparing Washington to fulfill his life's purpose.
His voice ... it is both pleasing and engaging.
Along with other works on Washington, it further reinforced George Washington as the greatest President, and Father of the Country by his precedences on defining the Presidency. Lesser men would have been tempted to let vanity overtake service to others. For example, had he been so inclined, he could have taken advantage of his popularity to pursue kingdom instead of presidency.
Highly recommend Being George Washington especially to patriots who love and serve Our Country. It reinforces some of the reasons they do what they do.
Not if it is like this one.
Far too contrived. Too much acting.
Typical Glenn Beck with is occasional tongue in cheek comments. I could have done without those.
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