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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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By Louis on 01-30-12

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!

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7 of 8 people found this review helpful


By Dell on 02-21-12

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.

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6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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