Fortitude: American Resilience in the Era of Outrage

Fortitude: American Resilience in the Era of Outrage Book Summary

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.

Title:Fortitude: American Resilience in the Era of Outrage
Edition Language:English



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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Veronica Deats

    Dan Crenshaw is a perfect example of someone whose political views I don’t necessarily agree with, but who I really like and respect. This book wasn’t 100% perfect, and there are times I felt like...

  • Chris Hansen

    The diagnosis and treatment plan for America. MUST READCrenshaw uses his personal experiences as a framework to discuss the American Ethos and its disintegration due to liberal ideologies of victimiza...

  • Marcia

    In my opinion, every American should read or listen to this at least once. Open your eyes and minds to what is needed to be a better person, to hold yourself accountable and not blame everyone or ever...

  • Anne Evangelista

    I wasn’t sure what I would get when I opened this, but this was fantastic. Crenshaw draws on his experiences from childhood, as a SEAL, and as a Congressman to give his thoughts on different behavio...

  • Jon Mellberg

    Heroes seem hard to find these days. But there are some exceptions. And partisan politics can often sound little more than two rabid dogs barking at each other. But there are some exceptions. Dan Cren...

  • Kiswara Mihardja

    The basic message is this: If you’re losing your cool, you are losing. If you are triggered, it is because you allowed someone else to dictate your emotional state. If you are outraged, it is becaus...

  • Burt Cox

    Overall I enjoyed Mr. Crenshaw’s new book Fortitude. His assessment of our current “outrage culture” was spot on and offered excellent perspective for defending against a victim mindset. Politic...