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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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    Dell Saginaw, MI, United States 02-21-12
    Dell Saginaw, MI, United States 02-21-12
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    "My hero has been brought back. Thanks Glenn."
    What made the experience of listening to Being George Washington the most enjoyable?

    Simply that this man stood on conviction and you nailed it.


    What other book might you compare Being George Washington to and why?

    The real George Washington.


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

    I think that the hamilton and jefferson blow ups were very enlightening about our founding fathers.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Shirley DAVENPORT, WA, United States 02-03-12
    Shirley DAVENPORT, WA, United States 02-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    George Washington was a good and loyal man. It was exciting to be in battle with him and learn about him. Thank you for a wonderful experience..

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Louis Fort Wayne, IN, United States 01-30-12
    Louis Fort Wayne, IN, United States 01-30-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Much more than I expected!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely..... I already have!


    What other book might you compare Being George Washington to and why?

    Nothing in my experience compares......


    Have you listened to any of Ron McLarty’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Marina Tempe, AZ, United States 02-11-12
    Marina Tempe, AZ, United States 02-11-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Inspiring and enlightening"
    What made the experience of listening to Being George Washington the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Being George Washington to and why?

    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.


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

    He read it with the same enthusiasm that I feel Glenn Beck wrote it with. It was enjoyable to listen to!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was thrilled with what I was learning!


    Any additional comments?

    I was very inspired by this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Katy, TX, United States 01-17-12
    Robert Katy, TX, United States 01-17-12
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    "Great book for both history and reflection"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Charles ATLANTA, GA, United States 12-27-11
    Charles ATLANTA, GA, United States 12-27-11

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    "Better than I expected"
    Would you listen to Being George Washington again? Why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    George, duh.


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

    See above


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

    Heroism, honor, and sacrifice. What it takes to be a real-life super hero!


    Any additional comments?

    I like the

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    James CHEHALIS, WA, United States 02-27-12
    James CHEHALIS, WA, United States 02-27-12 Listener Since 2004
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    "A Story Worth Telling - Well Told"
    Where does Being George Washington rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The best among the biographies I've read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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!


    Have you listened to any of Ron McLarty’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not familiar with the narrarator, but I thought he did well.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    4 of 5 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert H. Sheeks Santa Rosa, California USA 12-30-12
    Robert H. Sheeks Santa Rosa, California USA 12-30-12

    Slave2myPC

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    "Disappointed"
    Would you try another book from Glenn Beck and/or Ron McLarty?

    Not if it is like this one.


    What didn’t you like about Ron McLarty’s performance?

    Far too contrived. Too much acting.


    Could you see Being George Washington being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Maybe...


    Any additional comments?

    Typical Glenn Beck with is occasional tongue in cheek comments. I could have done without those.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dale Tampa, FL, United States 03-18-12
    Dale Tampa, FL, United States 03-18-12
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    "A life of loyalty, honor, propriety, and integrity"

    George Washington's life of service to his country and the way he lived his entire life is a model for all American's to follow. The stories of the battles, the relationships, and the betrayals are told in a way that should be used in every school.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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