Synopses & Reviews
#1 andlt;Iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/Iandgt; bestselling author and nationally syndicated radio host Glenn Beck puts his unique spin on the life and legacy of Founding Father George Washington.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;IF YOU THINK YOU KNOW GEORGE WASHINGTON, THINK AGAIN.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; This is the amazing true story of a real-life superhero who wore no cape and possessed no special powersand#8212;yet changed the world forever. Itand#8217;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.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Being George Washington is a whole new way to look at history. You wonand#8217;t simply read about the awful winter spent at Valley Forgeand#8212;youand#8217;ll live it right alongside Washington. Youand#8217;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.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Through these stories youand#8217;ll not only learn our real history (and how it applies to today), youand#8217;ll also see how the media and others have distorted our view of it. Itand#8217;s ironic that the best-known fact about George Washingtonand#8212;that he chopped down a cherry treeand#8212;is a complete lie. Itand#8217;s even more ironic when you consider that a lie was thought necessary to prove he could not tell one.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; For all of his heroism and triumphs, Washingtonand#8217;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.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Itand#8217;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. Thatand#8217;s why this book is not just about being George Washington in 1776, itand#8217;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.
Glenn Beck revisited Thomas Paine’s famous pre-Revolutionary War call to action in his #1 New York Tim
es bestseller Glenn Beck’s Common Sense
. Now he brings his historical acumen and political savvy to this fresh, new interpretation of The Federalist Papers
, the 18th-century collection of political essays that defined and shaped our Constitution and laid bare the “original argument” between states’ rights and big federal government—a debate as relevant and urgent today as it was at the birth of our nation.
Adapting a selection of these essential essays—pseudonymously authored by the now well-documented triumvirate of Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay—for a contemporary audience, Glenn Beck has had them reworked into “modern” English so as to be thoroughly accessible to anyone seeking a better understanding of the Founding Fathers’ intent and meaning when laying the groundwork of our government. Beck provides his own illuminating commentary and annotations and, for a number of the essays, has brought together the viewpoints of both liberal and conservative historians and scholars, making this a fair and insightful perspective on the historical works that remain the primary source for interpreting Constitutional law and the rights of American citizens.
As we head into the 2012 election, Glenn Beck takes a moment to contemplate the past and look to our Founding Fathers to find out what originally made this country great. Combining biography and Washington’s own writings with his own trademark insights, comments, and sidebars, Beck explores our nation’s first president and describes how Washington’s beliefs and values are especially important to remember as we head into the 2012 election. Glenn shows his love for our country’s Founders and provides us with an understanding of the great man who united a country in an age even more fractious than our own.
About the Author
Glenn Beck, the nationally syndicated radio host and founder of The Blaze television network, is a ten-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 childrens picture book genres. His #1 novels include The Overton Window, The Christmas Sweater, and The Christmas Sweater: A Picture Book. His #1 nonfiction books include Cowards, The Original Argument, The 7 (with Dr. Keith Ablow), Broke, Glenn Becks Common Sense, Arguing with Idiots, and An Inconvenient Book. His other books include the national bestsellers The Snow Angel, Being George Washington, and The Real America. Visit GlennBeck.com or TheBlaze.com.