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Being George Washington: The Indispensable Man, As You've Never Seen Him [Kindle Edition]

Glenn Beck
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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.

His 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. Spies and double-agents. And while we celebrate his great heroism and character, we discover he was also a flawed man. It’s those flaws that should give us hope for today. Understanding the very human 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 who can take on the extraordinary challenges that America is once again facing.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1949 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Threshold Editions; Reprint edition (22 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GG0MWO
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Indispensible book on the Indispenable man. 15 Jan. 2012
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Glenn Beck is a passionate man. Famous (or infamous - depending one's point of view) for expressing every thought in his head (regardless of the consequences for himself) and expressing his opinions with total passion. Not a person who is known for obeying the polite dinner party rule of "avoid the subjects of politics and religion". And not someone to put personal character in a different box from political opinions or to avoid making public his judgements about people - whether it is Barack Obama, Newt Gingrich or HIMSELF (Beck, although his critics seem not to know, can be at least as harsh in his judgements of himself as he can be about other people).

So how does the above effect this book? Oddly enough it effects if for the GOOD.

Glenn Beck writes passionately but accurately (although his grasp of the details may owe much to the group of researchers who are listed as helping with the book), and the passionate style of Beck helps the reader understand Washington - a man who, because of his deep (very old style ENGLISH, I hope American readers will not be offended by the use of that word - but George Washington is, to some externt, like an English Gentleman of the "old school") reserve - is very hard to get close to. What Beck does is take the stiff formal statute of George Washington - and show us the man inside it. His motivations, his principles - what he really cared about.

The left believe this book has an "agenda" and they are correct - although not quite in the way they think they are correct.

Glenn Beck does indeed have both political and religious objectives - this is hardly a secret, he says so every day. However, this book is really more about MORAL objectives.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This is not a history book for everyone 26 Mar. 2012
An avid book buyer and reader I have never before been tempted to write an on line review. This book has however driven me to share my opinion and to warn others who may think that they are buying anything close to a serious history book. I should begin by stating categorically that I do not doubt that George Washington was a very great man indeed nor that he possessed unusual qualities both by the standards of his age and, indeed, by any other. Yet hagiography - of which this an extraordinary example - has long been discredited. For this is the most ludicrously one-sided biased historical biography that I can ever remember reading. Were Beck to have suggested that Washington now stands at God's left-hand (not quite displacing Jesus Christ at his right), I would not have been surprised. This coupled with the transformation of Washington's life into a vehicle for what is a cross between a self-help manual and a religious tract left me wondering what it was that Beck thinks he has written. The book seems to be well regarded by some as popular history. But for those considering its purchase - beware! This book might be otherwise entitled "Ten ways in which George Washington can transform your life before dinner time." Buy it only if this description appeals to you.
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It matters not how long a man lives, but, what he does while he is alive.
Surely this says it all about the man called George Washington.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Call To Lead in the Ilk of Our First President 22 Nov. 2011
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I was encouraged to read this book because of the gaping hole in leadership internationally, nationally, and locally - whether in politics, education, business, or in the church. Simultaneous with my reading of this book I was interested in something that John Gardner (in an essay on leadership) pointed out, "When the United States was formed, the population stood at around 3 million. That 3 million produced at least six leaders of world class--Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Franklin, Madison, and Hamilton." Today we have a population 90 times larger than that and I can't name a single leader that comes close to the aforementioned six men. Along with Gardner I ask the question "Where are they?"

Therefore, my curiosity was piqued in reading this book to discover what we can learn from Washington's life - and whether we can truly produce great leaders today. One of the main points that Beck makes in the book early on is that "for America to achieve the greatness that George Washington achieved, we have to remember that it is achievable." In story after story Beck brings out some of the keys to great leadership - character (based on a strong faith in God and His good providence); putting others before self - especially what's best for the whole; having a vision for liberty and fighting for it; focusing on that which will last beyond us. In a nutshell Beck highlights Washington's character, trust, and honor in story after story and demonstrates how he united America around freedom so that we could be the best we could be.

The primary lesson of this book and of great leadership is stated by Beck in this manner, "Everything we do in life--every battle that we fight and every mountain that we climb, no matter how many times we fall--may be for no other purpose than to prepare us for that moment when we are called upon to make a difference in this world...What Washington did do was accept the responsibility he had been given, beg the grace of God upon himself and his army, and then work relentlessly to accomplish his goals. What he did do was to keep on working, regardless of the personal sacrifices required or the setbacks that he encountered. He kept the faith, no matter who stood against him; regardless of the gossip, the naysayers and sometimes, regardless even of the betrayal of his friends."

In conclusion Beck states that if you and I are to be like George Washington in today's world means:

"a daily struggle between your heart and your brain; between instant gratification and enduring greatness."

"looking out for our families, our neighbors, and our countrymen--standing for them when they can't stand for themselves."

"putting country before party."

"becoming a leader - not of a country or army, but of yourself, your community, and your own family. It means taking personal responsibility for your actions and holding those around you to the same standard."

"accepting that this country was chosen for Divine protection because the struggle for freedom is worthy of protection."

In other words, great leadership involves humility before God; responsibility with what He has stewarded unto us, and faithfulness to the task at hand. This book was a pleasure to read, and pointed out both the strengths and weaknesses of Washington. However, the constant reminder was to be what we can be with God's help, and do what we can do (not focus on what we can't do), one step or opportunity at a time. Being a great leader like Washington involves great sacrifice, risk, unselfishness, and tremendous dedication. In the final analysis we need to be willing to personally answer the key question that Beck asks, "Are you willing to lose everything to do what is right?" I am grateful that Washington did, hope I will too, and that his tribe will increase abundantly.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fan of Beck & Subject Matter : giving this book an enthusiastic 'meh' 23 Dec. 2011
By Gryffindell - Published on
As a fan of Glenn Beck, I was eager to read his book about George Washington. I enjoyed it greatly despite its flaws. If anything, I want to support Glenn's anti-establishment foray into the world of media and publishing.

A couple of things I didn't like:
1. Jumping back and forth in time. I realize these were supposed to tell you the significance of certain events in the future and in some cases, they were well placed. But too much of a good thing...
2. Editing. Too much of a rush job. Sorry, Glenn, it's hard to take something serious that is grammatically incorrect. If you want to position yourself as a champion of history, you have to pay attention to your English.
a. Inferred characteristics of George Washington that are admitted to be pure conjecture, that are not in his writings, letters or others' accounts.

What I DID like:
1. Action sequences showing the desperation of the full-breadth of the American revolution. I don't think I appreciated how tenuous it was even after the battles were done.
2. There is a definite change in voice that, while not completely in your face, does let you know that you are hearing Glenn's voice and not history's.
3. Points out areas that may be myths in our history because there is no verifiable proof.
4. Hard to put down. Incredibly interesting read.
211 of 272 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Man for These Troubled Times 22 Nov. 2011
By Daniel J. - Published on
I just bought this and so far, it reads as good as all of the rest of Beck's books! Please, PLEASE ignore these purpose driven 1 star reviews. They are written by fools that go from conservative author to conservative author giving them a 1 star reviews, bashing the author and moving on. They never read the books and it's obvious. I cannot understand the hate directed towards this man, he preaches honor, character, understanding and more importantly, he calls us all to go back to our Constitutional Roots.
I'll finish this review when I am done, but 1/2 way through, it's great! I would also suggest "The Christmas Sweater", it has a spectacular message, especially for the young!

11/23/2011 Updated: Just finished and my five star rating is intact. This is a very good read, not Glenn's best, but still good enough to get a five star! No, George Washington did not have wooden teeth or chop down a cherry tree, but I continue to believe that God ordained George Washington to be our 1st great President and what a form to follow. It's too bad todays President's, Republican and Democrat both fall so terribly short of the high mark that George Washington created. But Glenn, you may be asking too much TODAY for many to be like George Washington, the media and current history seems to have made a real effort to wash his memory away...
Thanks for another winner Glenn Beck!
114 of 146 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read 22 Nov. 2011
By crazy j - Published on
I'm a big fan of History. Have read a lot of bio's over the years. This is an excellent read. Once you start, you won't want to stop. The book flows well. I suggest this as a must read for anybody interested in the man known as George Washington.
97 of 125 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A history teacher's review 29 Nov. 2011
By Joel Killion - Published on
Riveting, educational, inspiring, accurate, and empowering. Rather than throwing dates and names at you (though it included both of course), "Being George Washington" tells a story that takes you back in time to smell, hear, see, feel, and taste the events. A great read for those who love history and those who don't but want to.
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