Fortitude: American Resilience in the Era of Outrage

Fortitude: American Resilience in the Era of Outrage Details

Jordan Peterson's Twelve Rules for Life meets Jocko Willink and Leif Babin's Extreme Ownership in this tough-love leadership book from a Navy SEAL and rising star in Republican politics.

In 2012, on his third tour of duty in Afghanistan, a roadside bomb took Dan Crenshaw's right eye. When he learned how to see again, he didn't want anyone's pity. People shouldn't feel sorry for him, he decided, and they shouldn't feel sorry for themselves either. Most people's everyday challenges aren't as extreme as surviving combat or working to regain their sight, but that's just Crenshaw's point: If we can meet life's toughest challenges without resenting our luck or complaining, minor daily obstacles aren't worth our outrage. "Microaggressions" and "triggers" from mere words mean little to someone who's had bullets fly by their head.

That's Crenshaw's simple lesson in FORTITUDE: Lighten up, toughen up, and get to work on what's important (hint: it's not giving into a culture of outrage, playing the victim, and seeking an apology).

FORTITUDE is a no-nonsense advice book for a society desperately in need of tough love. With meditations on perseverance, failure, and finding much-needed heroes, the book is the antidote for a prevailing "safety culture" of trigger warnings and safe spaces. Interspersed with lessons and advice is Crenshaw's own story of how an average American kid from the Houston suburbs has faced all sorts of unexpected situations -- from war zones to the halls of Congress -- and managed to navigate them all with a few simple tricks: a sense of humor and an even greater sense that, no matter what anyone else around us says or does, we are in control of our own destiny.

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Title:Fortitude: American Resilience in the Era of Outrage
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    Fortitude: American Resilience in the Era of Outrage Reviews

  • Nico Alba

    First things first: I have my disagreements with Dan. They primarily stem from my secularism and his attribution of Judeo-Christian values as the philosophical underpinning of all western morality and...

  • Lori White

    Dan Crenshaw is a force to be reckoned with, and his first (first of many, I hope) book, Fortitude: Resilience in the Age of Outrage, is a call to action for America. I was just halfway through it whe...

  • Dave

    Fortitude by war hero and rising political star Dan Crenshaw is surprisingly not about politics for the most part. Nor is it a biography although Crenshaw draws on his experience losing his mother to ...

  • Negin

    Reading this was such a pleasure. Dan Crenshaw shares his story and the lessons that he’s learned along the way. Most of us already know that Crenshaw served in the Navy SEALS and that he’s now a ...

  • Diane Yannick

    I read this on the request of my 18 year old republican grandson. I realized that this grandmother's liberal views would be tested but feel that books are a great starting point for respectful discuss...

  • M. Hunter

    Could not finish this book. Was filled with right-wing propaganda. Crenshaw's life story and military story are both very interesting and inspiring. However, his misguided attacks against democrats tu...

  • Matthew

    Timely, not timelessI am not the intended audience. No faith in the implied higher power. That said:The book is a scattershot organic bit of writing but cannot articulate the ideas well enough to stan...

  • Katy

    I don't read much nonfiction, but when I happened upon a video clip of the author calmly speaking to an emotional reactionary, I immediately thought, "I want to be like him." I looked him up and disco...

  • Mark A. Smith

    Recommended for EveryoneCrenshaw did an excellent job of explaining the modern 'outrage' problem and what can be done about it. Drawing from his experience as a Navy SEAL, he introduces relatable solu...

  • Molly McInturff

    What a great book to close out 2020 and help ring in the new year!This book has several important life lessons for its reader, regardless of one’s political affiliation. In fact, I think it should b...