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February 5, 2012

Sunday Book Review #62 – Being George Washington by Glenn Beck

Filed under: Book reviews — Mike Kueber @ 4:18 pm
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What a pleasant surprise!

I’ve never read anything from Glenn Beck, and I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I suspected the book would be highly partisan.  Instead, the message that Beck takes from Washington’s life is one of honor, duty, and compromise, which are things that partisans should be able to agree on.

Being George Washington has received mostly excellent reviews, but some critics contend that it has been mislabeled as non-fiction when it should be categorized as historical fiction.  I think it fits nicely in a category that has been described as “exemplary biography,” which is a term that I came across while reading about ancient philosophers.  Very little is known historically about the lives lived by these ancient philosophers, yet biographies are written about them in a way that corresponds with their philosophy.  Although Glenn Beck did not make up history to write this book, it is obvious that he tells only stories and anecdotes that support the pristine character of Washington.  The book is almost 300 pages long, yet I can’t remember a negative comment about Washington’s character or actions.

An exemplary biography is supposed to be inspirational, and Being George Washington certainly is.  The book is subtitled, “The Indispensable Man, as You’ve Never Seen Him,” and Beck is makes clear that America and the world would have vastly different histories if Washington had not lived his life of duty, honor, and compromise.  But Beck also makes clear that we can all aspire to live better lives that are suffused with Washington’s aforementioned values, plus modesty.

Regarding the book’s authorship, Beck stands alone as the listed author, and my conservative drinking friend tells me that Beck and Hannity write their own books, all while having talk shows on both TV and radio.  But in the fine print, the book says that it was written and edited by Glenn Beck and Kevin Balfe.  And in even finer print, it says its writers included David Pietrusa, Chris Stewart, David Harsanyi, and James D. Best, with contributors and researchers Sharon Ambrose, Andrew Allison, Hannah Beck, Allison Coyle, Christine Dietzel, Peter Lillback, Mary M. Parker, Jay Parry, Ashley Reaves, Matthew Scafidi, Benjamin Weingarten, Martha Weeks, and Angela Wiltz. 

Behind every great man is a great staff.


1 Comment »

  1. Beck doesn’t write anything. He has made it quite confidential that he SPEAKS but neither WRITES nor TYPES anything. That’s why he has a
    staff of 42 writers who do all the work. As an example, his only Novel was penned by no fewer than 10 writers for the spy drama….but the publisher
    wanted some sex scenes added to flesh out the characters. So he added a female associate to work it out. Glenn Beck may be an entertaining
    figure, but not a Hemingway. He is first to declare it. He rarely neither reads or proofs his work….simply moves on to the next project.

    Comment by Russell Burkett — February 22, 2012 @ 2:46 am | Reply

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