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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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    Dale Tampa, FL, United States 03-18-12
    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.

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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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    Richard 07-29-15
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    "Very revealing of the man."

    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.

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    Keith Allen 05-03-15
    Keith Allen 05-03-15 Member Since 2015
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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
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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 2015
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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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    Paul E. Jones Cincinnati, Ohio 05-12-14
    Paul E. Jones Cincinnati, Ohio 05-12-14
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    "Not a beck fan but this is a winner"
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    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.

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    Jack Gill Cookeville, TN 04-17-13
    Jack Gill Cookeville, TN 04-17-13
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    "More Than a Book of History"
    What made the experience of listening to Being George Washington the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Being George Washington?

    The several accounts throughout the work of Providence sparing Washington to fulfill his life's purpose.


    What about Ron McLarty’s performance did you like?

    His voice ... it is both pleasing and engaging.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert H. Sheeks Santa Rosa, California USA 12-30-12
    Robert H. Sheeks Santa Rosa, California USA 12-30-12

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    "Disappointed"
    Would you try another book from Glenn Beck and/or Ron McLarty?

    Not if it is like this one.


    What didn’t you like about Ron McLarty’s performance?

    Far too contrived. Too much acting.


    Could you see Being George Washington being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Maybe...


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    Typical Glenn Beck with is occasional tongue in cheek comments. I could have done without those.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ray 12-28-12
    Ray 12-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The story of a role model for all of humanity."

    “Being George Washington” is a story that is mostly focused on the Revolutionary War and the founding of the United States and our Constitution but is also a narrative of the life and inner soul of one of the greatest men to have ever lived on earth. No one can help not to revere him for what he did for this great nation, the United States, and the example he is for every leader of all nations. Glenn Beck illustrates how George Washington’s way of life can be an example of how people, regardless of their circumstances or state of being can better themselves, and live a more fruitful life.

    Ron McLarty narrated the Audio Book in a way that brings all the characters to life in a way that holds one’s interest in anticipation of how the next part of the story will unfold.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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