Being George Washington
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....more
Additionally, the book's layout was incredibly distracting. The flow was broken up by a ridiculous number of inset sections...more
I get emotional when I think how our country has devolved since these men...more
I liked that it really pulled the highlights of Washington's career - his honor, integrity, commitment to the revolution, perseverance and belief in God. I didn't like...more
The good thing about reading a history book like this is that it is nowhere near as boring as a text book from a history class in grade school or college. It's a quick read, you'll learn some new things, and you'll retain more because it is a chronological narrative (i.e., the connections from one point to another are easily made and kept in your mind).
That being said, there are some things in which we do agree, and one of them is that George Washington really was an indispensable man because he had virtue. Beck's book is an examination of the life of this man and how virtuous thought and action made this man what he re...more
The language was unsophisticated in a bad way - grammatically correct perhaps, but awkward. I also find it off-putting when biographers use the first person to insert their own beliefs, opinions and interpretations into a work supposedly about someone else. Beck does this constantly throughout the book. Apparently, this book is "teaching" us how to be like George Washington...more
He had a temper as a young man, but learned to overcome and control that. He lo...more
In the end, this is somewhere between a love letter to Washington and a self help book to encourage the reader to be more like Was...more
Being George Washington was written in a format that was far more easily digesti...more
Written as a telling of history from the Revolutionary War through Washington’s death, Beck used a chronology of dates, with frequent back tracking to significant points, noting the date and location such events took place. If you follow the timeline it makes sense and brings a fullness to the story he tells.
The moral of the story here is that George Washington was something of a God given instrument for the birth of our nation. He often said, “that doing...more
I want to start by saying that I am a gigantic Glenn Beck fan. There is a lot of good in this book, and there is some not so good.
I want to focus on the not so good first. This is a history book, and while I trust that Beck delivered a well-researched product, he never proves it to me. There is not one citation in the entire book. For someone that comes under so much scrutiny from the "academic" elite, he's really flirting with a mess...more
I note from the book :
pg. 174 It is clear now that Washington's speech before his army in Newburgh stopped what could have been a very dangerous turn of events. That watershed moment proved to be one of those ra...more
I am not sure if the author had intended the outcome I received.. but it was good.
I say the tale of two men and their intentions. It then challenged me. What am I intential about. and is my intentions set on helping the generations after me? or is my intentions only about my little domain, heaven forbid.
Using a detailed narrative that places the reader in the middle of each scene, Glenn Beck presents a series of vingnettes that brings George Washington to life as a genuine human being, not a marble statue on a pedestal or a stiff portrait from centuries past.
As Beck points out, Washington was a person with the same foibles as the rest of us. He had a hot temper as a young man and spent considerable effort to develop control over it. Later, as a...more