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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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    L. York, PA, United States 05-31-12
    L. York, PA, United States 05-31-12
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    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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    Eoin Dublin, Ireland 02-19-13
    Eoin Dublin, Ireland 02-19-13
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    "God on my side"

    This book is irritating with all the references to god. At other times I was exasperated by his insistence on how George Washington and the americans showed the world the way of freedom. If that is so, why is there no mention anywhere of John Locke whose writings were so influential to the Declaration of Independence. Also references to the French Revolution do not seem to take any note that the French Revolution was more like a civil war as the enemy was within. The American revolution was a much cleaner affair as the enemy was a foreign power. As we know, the Americans did eventually have their own bloody civil war. This book is annoying.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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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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    "I wanted to like it"
    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 5 people found this review helpful
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    Seth 05-30-15
    Seth 05-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not my favorite book"

    I listened to it because I was interested to listen to something by Glenn Beck. It went back and forth throughout the life of Washington and it was hard to follow.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    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.

    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 2014

    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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