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.
I recommend this book to both history buffs and non history buffs. Wish my history teachers had taught like this
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 didn't read the printed version.
I liked George Washington (obviously) but I also like Thomas Jefferson.
I enjoyed hearing about some of the battle scenes he went through with his troops.
I would recommend this book to anyone wanting more details then the basic info on all of the founding fathers.
I used this on my trip on my motorcycle to Denver. The story flew by. So much background and details to draw you in. Great historical references as well. I wish High School History was this engaging, I wouldn't have done so poorly. Thank you Glenn for a great book.
Killing Lincoln - President 1 and President 16 in great back story and detail.
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!
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