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
He had a temper as a young man, but learned to overcome and control that. He lo ...more
Additionally, the book's layout was incredibly distracting. The flow was broken up by a ridiculous number of inset sections ...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
This is not even close to being an exhaustive study into the life of George Washington, if you want that read, The Real George Washington.
The reason for this book is to provide highlights and insights into the life and character of The Indispensable Man. What aspects of his character inspire morality and virtue in others? Read this book.
It's not in any particular order, but tries to stay linear. The idea is how did George Washington handle this crisis or t ...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
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 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).
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.
My favorite part was Washington's speech to his officers at Newburgh, New Y ...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
Note--I would give it five stars if not for all the liberties taken in "imagining" what happened around, with, and to George Washington. That's a personal pet peeve--I think too many people have a hard time separating fact from ...more