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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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.
Simply that this man stood on conviction and you nailed it.
The real George Washington.
I think that the hamilton and jefferson blow ups were very enlightening about our founding fathers.
I feel that the descriptions of the battles and the battles within the continental congress meetings were great depictions of the truth that our country faces even today. However, today we have more blotheating fools in our congress.
Absolutely..... I already have!
Nothing in my experience compares......
I have not.
Some of it made me tear up, the sacrifices our early countrymen made for this great country! The faith that Washington demonstrated was so reassuring as to the principles that our country and consititution were based upon.
You will not regret taking the time to read or listen to this book. It is a fascinating portal into a time we should all know more about........our history!
I was specifically pleased about how the book was like a novel with historical significance and yet you were moved by the character that was brought out about George Washington.
The book is essentially a story based on fact with signifcant creative license used, I presume with the aim being to assist the reader feel the emotion associated with the various situations presented in the book. Unfortunatey I was looking for something more of a factual relation of history rather than a subjective interpreatation of the events. I was also very frustrated at the author's repeated insitance upon 'providence', or God, playing a role. I view this as a further indication that the book is a highly subjective story rather than an unbiased presentation of the evidence.
I would not recommend this book as I feel the way the historical figures are presented is overly subjective, which may distort the reader's view in a way I feel is irresponsible, unless of course the reader fully understands that this is a story and little more. So, maybe I shoud have looked into it further before I purchased the book!
Not if it is like this one.
Far too contrived. Too much acting.
Typical Glenn Beck with is occasional tongue in cheek comments. I could have done without those.
I have read much about the revolutionary war, the founding fathers of our country, etc. This book added elements other authors did not add in their books. For example, I have known for a long time that the weather played a big part in the outcome of the revolutionary war, but I didn't know as much about it as I would have liked. Glen Beck gives a lot of detail about it. It was fun and inspiring to learn these things.
1776 by David McCullough. That also had lots of interesting detail and is a very good book. It also helped me understand George Washington better.
He read it with the same enthusiasm that I feel Glenn Beck wrote it with. It was enjoyable to listen to!
I was thrilled with what I was learning!
I was very inspired by this book.
Yes I would listen again. It is not just a great book about a great man. It makes me want to be a better person, period.
Heroism, honor, and sacrifice. What it takes to be a real-life super hero!
I like the
The best among the biographies I've read.
Beck decided to tell the story in a entertaining narrative, using Washington's person moral codes as the thematic backdrop for the telling. And as Washington believed God's hand guided the events of his life, Beck told the story in a way that shared that same beliefl. Excellent!
Not familiar with the narrarator, but I thought he did well.
Many. I loved Washington's impassioned plea to his troops to fight for liberty, even when it seems Congress was unable to care for them or compensate them.
Honestly, I don't follow Glenn Beck very closely, and was a bit skeptical about the book. But as a great admirer or Washington and curious about the idea of telling his story in a more novelesque fashion, I bought it. It exceeded my expectation and kept me riveted.
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