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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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    Patrick West Valley, Utah, United States 05-06-12
    Patrick West Valley, Utah, United States 05-06-12 Member Since 2011
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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 2011
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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.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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.


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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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 2013

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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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    KATHY VENICE, FL, United States 03-17-13
    KATHY VENICE, FL, United States 03-17-13
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    "Interesting listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, would recommend, because there might be a piece of history you might have forgotten and this might jog your memory.


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

    Understanding more fully the role Napolean Bonapart played and his relationship with George Washington was very interesting. Also, getting a deeper understanding of how George Washington was respected and admired.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I'm not sure I liked his character voice for George. Also, some of his accents were not so good, like the french accent.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, understanding how much George Washington sacrificed for his love of country and how much he was away from home.


    Any additional comments?

    It is pretty amazing to realize just how long and arduous this war was against the British and how many men sacrificed their lives for a better way of life. At least they knew who the enemy was back then. Today, sadly, our enemies are like ghosts.

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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.

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    Charles New Bremen, OH, United States 12-11-12
    Charles New Bremen, OH, United States 12-11-12
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    "gGreat insight on our first president"
    Where does Being George Washington rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5


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

    Natural leadership


    Which character – as performed by Ron McLarty – was your favorite?

    Definitely George Washington


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The truth about a Great Leader


    Any additional comments?

    Great read about a man that everyone should know about

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    George C. Vlk Wesley Chapel, Florida, United States 12-11-12
    George C. Vlk Wesley Chapel, Florida, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2012

    My wife and I relocated from Florida to the Philippines in May 2012. I retired in 2004 with the DuPont Co. I like to listen to Audio books while working on the computer.

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    "Placing Yourself in the Position of: G.Washington"
    What made the experience of listening to Being George Washington the most enjoyable?

    How George Washington was able to cope with all the challenges of his time and survived.


    What did you like best about this story?

    George Washington was a natural born leader.


    What does Ron McLarty bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Hearing the book keeps you alert to all the trials in his life.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the British spy for Benidict Arnold was captured, The majority did not want him to be hung as he was a British officer, but George Washington said he was no different then any other spy. A spy is hung for his action until dead and not shot as a Military man.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to THE LIFE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON and BEING GEORGE WASHINGTON. Both books describe George Washington as a Leader, Blessed by God and a President we should emulate now and in the future. Many times on the battle field he should have been shot and killed, He survived 4 major illnesses. The majority of his close relatives died before the age of 50. George Washington lived to his mid 60's

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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