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Author: Glenn Beck Narrator: Ron McLarty Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2011 ISBN: 9781442347458
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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. 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. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Reads like a suspense novel combining a war story with adventure, heroism, spies and double agents, and hardship beyond the modern-day imagination.” 

    Washington Times

  • “An enjoyable and easy read and is not too overbearing with unnecessary details of Washington’s life. Beck shows the readers how Washington was great because he was human and didn’t let his weaknesses stop him.” 

    Deseret News

  • A New York Times Bestseller

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 ExtremeBibliophile | 1/23/2014

    " Confession: I am a shameless George Washington admirer and I try to read as much on him as I can find. I burned through this book in about four days, thanks largely to Beck's conversational yet erudite writing. Beck puts the events of Washington's life into not only the context of his own time period, but also draws parallels applicable for today. Lest anyone think this is a mere glossy "Hollywoodized" tome, Washington's faults are also analyzed without being justified or dismissed. Of particular interest is the fascinating subplot involving the traitor Benedict Arnold and Washington's role in that. An excellent choice for anyone wanting to know more about one of the truly great figures of the early years of the United States. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ronald | 1/23/2014

    " Not as much about the history of George Washington as much as how his character shaped our history. It is thoughtful and interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 1/23/2014

    " I wasn't sure what to expect from a "historical" book by Glenn Beck. This book was historical with observations about the character of George Washington as we can apply today. It was a great book for someone like me who loves historical biography with some self-help thrown in for good measure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/22/2014

    " I thought he made some great points about George Washington that aren't traditionally brought up. I love that Glenn is passionate about our founding fathers and the constitution and he sees the importance of historical events that are sometimes overlooked. I loved the part about Benedict Arnold too-his take on it was interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 1/16/2014

    " I loved learning more about George Washington and the key decisions he had to make. He was truly an honorable man and I aspire to be more like him in my daily life and decisions. I loved the historical parts of the book and could have done without some of Glenn's sermonizing, but it was a good book and a very enjoyable read for a history buff like me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/23/2013

    " This book did not flow very well for me. It seemed a bit choppy at times but the idea behind it is good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 12/7/2013

    " An uplifting confirmation of what a great man George Washington really was. Did edge a desire to step outside myself to be a better citizen. A very easy read. I enjoyed this book and the time it took to absorb its message, "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Opa | 11/26/2013

    " This book provided information about Washington's military career that I had not studied before. It also gave an interesting perspective on Washington's work on the Constitution. I enjoyed this work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 11/20/2013

    " Finishing a story about George Washington and the Founding Fathers on Independence Day is almost poetic:o) Very good book... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rishabhahm | 10/21/2013

    " An interestingly written book that almost seems like a first hand account of events as they happened with George Washington. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joseph | 10/6/2013

    " Very interesting read in the style of Joseph J. Ellis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 6/26/2013

    " Very informative and inspirational. I recommend this book to all especially our current politicians. A quick read that gives great understanding of the true identity and character of President George Washington. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 4/24/2013

    " A fun personalized introspection of one of our core founding fathers... very enjoyable! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/13/2013

    " I typically enjoy this genre but for some reason I could not read more than5 pages of this at a time. Really did to enjoy it. Tried really hard to like it. Didn't. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gayle | 12/2/2012

    " David McCullough he is not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandy | 4/13/2012

    " George Washington and the founding fathers were amazing men! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 4/13/2012

    " Easy to read and informative about who Washington was as a person. Unfortunately it highlights how far our modern leaders are from the original Fathers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 3/9/2012

    " Excellent book with tons of info about ba true American hero. Fun to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 3/7/2012

    " Loved this book! I got to see George Washington the man, not George Washington the President! It read more like a novel than a history book and I learned a lot (always a plus). This book piqued my interest so much so that I took my family to visit Mt. Vernon, Washington's beloved home. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsay | 2/29/2012

    " This was an amazing bio of George Washington. It showed his life through a different perspective than other bio's do. Absolutely inspired! "

About the Author

Glenn Beck, the nationally syndicated radio host and founder of TheBlaze television network, is a twelve-time #1 bestselling author and is one of the few authors in history to have had #1 national bestsellers in the fiction, nonfiction, self-help, and children’s picture book genres. His recent fiction works include the thrillers Agenda 21, The Overton Window, and its sequel, The Eye of Moloch; his many nonfiction titles include Conform, Miracles and Massacres, Control, and Being George Washington. For more information about Glenn Beck, his books, and TheBlaze TV network, visit and 

About the Narrator

Ron McLarty is a veteran actor of television, film, and stage as well as an award-winning audiobook narrator. He has more than 100 television appearances to his credit, including as a series regular on Spencer for Hire and Law & Order. His film career began in 1977 with a performance in The Sentinel and continued with such films as The Postman, Flamingo Kid, and, most recently, How Do You Know? His stage credits include Broadway and other productions. He has narrated more than 100 audiobooks, earning nine Earphones Awards and recognition by AudioFile magazine as a Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense in 2009 and 2010. He has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Awards and then won the award in 2001 for Best Mystery Narration. He is also an accomplished playwright and an acclaimed novelist.