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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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    John 06-08-12
    John 06-08-12
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    "Well done but has an omission"

    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.

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    Bryan Cypress, CA, United States 06-03-12
    Bryan Cypress, CA, United States 06-03-12 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    If you could sum up Being George Washington in three words, what would they be?

    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!


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    L. York, PA, United States 05-31-12
    L. York, PA, United States 05-31-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic book. Recommended highly."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Being George Washington to be better than the print version?

    Only listened to it, didn't read it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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

    Not sure if I heard him before but he was very good.


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

    It made me proud to be an American.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Larry 05-09-12
    Larry 05-09-12 Member Since 2010
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    "History brought to life..."
    What made the experience of listening to Being George Washington the most enjoyable?

    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 did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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...


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


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    Patrick West Valley, Utah, United States 05-06-12
    Patrick West Valley, Utah, United States 05-06-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Should be required reading!"

    Im not going to get too in depth on this one but I will say that I learned so much and was truely inspired by a great man such as Washington. This book should be required reading for EVERY student and adult in America!

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    Elizabeth Provo, UT, United States 04-11-12
    Elizabeth Provo, UT, United States 04-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    Would you try another book from Glenn Beck and/or Ron McLarty?

    Yes


    What was most disappointing about Glenn Beck’s story?

    I don't know why but many times I felt lost, the story didn't flow in a way that made sense to me.


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    Rob GASSVILLE, AR, United States 01-09-12
    Rob GASSVILLE, AR, United States 01-09-12
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    "Excellent Book"
    If you could sum up Being George Washington in three words, what would they be?

    Riveting......Inspiring.......Proud Makes you feel like you were with Washington witnessing the birth of our country.


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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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    Amazon Customer Utah, USA 03-27-14
    Amazon Customer Utah, USA 03-27-14 Member Since 2015

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    "George Washington part Jason Bourne part Rambo."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Being George Washington to be better than the print version?

    Better? Maybe not. It was different and awesome.


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

    I was in awe from start to finish.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved George Washington before, still do but also I marvel at his genius, his loyalty and his class. He really is the indispensable man.

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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.

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