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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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.
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