Book Review: Being George Washington

I have finally finished reading “Being George Washington: The Indispensable Man, as You’ve Never Seen Him” by Glenn Beck. This was a very good read and I would highly recommend it to anybody who enjoys history or learning about George Washington himself.

If you’re looking for a blow-by-blow of George Washington’s life, then this isn’t the book for you. This book highlights some of the moments where Washington had to make some crucial decisions or how he reacted to certain events during the second half of his life. This book reads like a well-written novel so that you feel like you are right there in the story with Washington. You feel the cold as he watches his men starve at Valley Forge, and you feel the emotional pain as he learns about Benedict Arnold’s treachery.

What I enjoyed about the book is the fact that after a chapter about George Washington there would be a chapter where it was explained how his principles should still be used today, or how they are NOT being used today. It’s one thing to read about Washington’s skills as a leader, but it’s always nice to have examples of how they can be applied to our modern day world.

The only complaint I have regarding this book is that it was too short. Reading about the goodness of Washington makes you want to go out and follow his example. It also gives you hope that if our country survived such a tumultuous time once, that we have a good chance of doing it again. We must not look for a George Washington to lead us, though. Instead if we all ‘be’ George Washington we will come through this stronger and better than before. We just have to keep our faith in God.

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