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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Reading history as a story about an individual who selflessly dedicated his life to make us a free nation was just the medicine I needed after the indigestion left from last presidential election. This kind of character is too rare these days and the more the electorate reads about true patriots the more we will not settle for politicians who pretend to be patriots. Character is everything.
George Washington was chosen and protected because he chose to stay true to correct principles. What a contrast with today's politicians.
Ron's reading was superb.
I was inspired.
Please find more inspiring characters in American history and right about them. We need to see what made this country great so we can see the threats to our freedom and stability.
Yes. I have listened to it twice already and will listen to it again. Performance is excellent and the content is outstanding. Better than a history book.
Haven't read or listened to anything that compares. Glenn's comments throughout the book about "Being George Washington" are inspiring.
I was in awe of the story of George Washington, the man. The dramatization of the accounts in the book made the story enjoyable without detracting from the facts. Whenever there are inconsistencies in the accounts or if historians are not sure of how certain things happened, it is pointed out so as not to be presented as the complete truth.
This book was written in a fashion where the reader/listener can live the story and relate to such a great founding father. He was fallible and above reproach at the same time. I listened to this book right after a trip to Philadelphia and the surrounding area. Having just visited Valley Forge, Christ Church in Philadelphia and Constitution Hall and walking the grounds, I listened to the story of the struggles and triumphs that happened there. Sure wish I had listened before the trip.
I learned things in this book that I never knew prior to listening to this book. In one word . . . Character. This book brings out the Character of George Washington, and what disciplines he exercised to bring out that character. It's all about being the right person, at the right place, at the right time. Without being the right person, you'll miss out when the right place and the right time arrives.
Inspirational, motivating, great
It made me want to be a better man, a better American, and a more active in my community.
It's more than just a story or biography, it's a motivational book. Inspiring us to be the best we can be.
I expected this to read like a political book, or a history book, but was drawn in to Being George Washington as surely as if I was hearing a Historical Fiction Novel. Learning so much about the character and integrity of Washington, and the need for us to emulate those characteristics was uplifting!
Listen as I drive, it works for me
You ask to many stupid questions for a review
I love Ron Mc Larty's reading! I could listen to him anytime, just wonderful!
I Couldn't have been any better
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!
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.
Say something about yourself!
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!
Only listened to it, didn't read it.
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.
Not sure if I heard him before but he was very good.
It made me proud to be an American.
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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