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Fortitude

American Resilience in the Era of Outrage
Written by: Dan Crenshaw
Narrated by: Dan Crenshaw
Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
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Publisher's 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, an improvised explosive device left Dan Crenshaw's right eye destroyed and his left blinded. Only through the careful hand of his surgeons, and what doctors called a miracle, did Crenshaw's left eye recover partial vision. 

And yet, he persevered, completing two more deployments. Why? There are certain stories we tell ourselves about the hardships we face - we can become paralyzed by adversity or we can adapt and overcome. We can be fragile or we can find our fortitude. Crenshaw delivers a set of lessons to help you do just that. 

Most people's everyday challenges aren't as extreme as surviving combat, and yet our society is more fragile than ever: exploding with outrage, drowning in microaggressions, and devolving into divisive mob politics. The American spirit - long characterized by grit and fortitude - is unraveling. We must fix it.

That's exactly what Crenshaw accomplishes with Fortitude. This book isn't about the problem, it's about the solution. And that solution begins with each and every one of us. We must all lighten up, toughen up, and begin treating our fellow Americans with respect and grace. 

Fortitude is a no-nonsense advice book for finding the strength to deal with everything from menial daily frustrations to truly difficult challenges. More than that, it is a roadmap for a more resilient American culture. 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 from history and psychology is Crenshaw's own story of how an average American kid from the Houston suburbs went from war zones to the halls of Congress - and managed to navigate his path with 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.

©2020 Dan Crenshaw (P)2020 Twelve

What the critics say

"The American experiment is about mental toughness in the face of adversity - because freedom takes toughness. I know no one tougher than Dan Crenshaw, which is probably why his new book, Fortitude, is a must-read. Dan combines real-world experience with a command of America's philosophical roots, and he reminds us that what made America great still beats in the breasts of those who continue to fight for a culture of liberty." (Ben Shapiro, number one New York Times best-selling author of The Right Side of History: How Reason and Moral Purpose Made the West Great)

"A must-read! Dan Crenshaw has crafted a truly inspiring narrative that grippingly details the life of a hero, replete with grit, courage, and a refusal to let the darkest of circumstances stop him from serving his country at the highest levels. This is not just the story of a hero; it is an informed recipe for success in life, containing a useful blueprint for bringing out our best, most resilient heroic self within each of us." (Professor Scott T. Allison, University of Richmond, author of Heroes: What They Do and Why We Need Them)

"This solution-oriented book is a must-read for anyone who loves America and believes that the grit and determination that founded her are in need of a revival. Fortitude is a set of tools for being tougher, yes, but it is also a guide for preserving the freedoms and foundations of our great country. Dan's experiences as a SEAL and now Congressman give Fortitude instant credibility, with a message that desperately needs to be heard far and wide." (Marcus Luttrell, number one New York Times best-selling author of Lone Survivor)

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Must Read

I found this book to be exactly what I needed to read during these crazy times. It is very insightful and a must listen/read.

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Amazing - I wish I could make everyone listen

Dan was a great narrator and his message was so simple but so important. I want to make as many people as I can listen to this boom because it has so many lessons that are missing I. life.

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  • edd
  • 2020-10-05

Dan's journey is inspiring

he ties together his seal experience with life and politics. I enjoyed that he read his own story

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Great book , tells it like it is.

Really accurate narrative on today's society. Dan Crenshaw is to be looked up to. Enspired by this book.

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Crenshaw is my Hero

Read with inrecommend this book to anyone looking for reminder of how we need fortitude and resilience is an age of weakness is heroism.

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a must listen for all to grow and expand for all

this is an excellent example of of a great story of how grow from adversity

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fortitude

Great book for anyone, young and old. I will recommend it to my grandsons first, all my friends next.

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Crenshaw = Cincinatus

This was a great book and I hope this man runs for president one day with Jocko Willink.

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definitely a must

A definite for anyone looking to find a better way ahead. Mr Crenshaw definitely shows his personality and why someday he will be an excellent candidate for President.

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Great Book

Great story and inspiring. No bs and to the point. this guy will be POTUS one day

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  • Levi Melchizidek Louis
  • 2020-04-09

Level headed Conservative Speaks!

I am a liberal. I purchased this book because of Joe Rogan's interview with Crenshaw where he advocates "Do something hard." That intrigued me so I listened to the book. I was relieved to hear him Express ideas similar to what I believe. He even managed to change my mind on an issue or two. This guy who is obviously Christian straight and white, did make some points with which I disagree. However he made those points intelligently and explained why he felt that particular way. Crenshaw is witty, honest, and relatable. He reminds me of what I love about America: our resilience and positivity through turbulence.

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  • Nolan Leatham
  • 2020-04-09

Really enjoying this one.

I never leave book reviews. But I have to make an exception for this one. I’m nearly finished with the book and couldn’t be more pleased with it. Too often, in the “self help” genre, I find myself losing focus/interest in the content. Not the case in this book. Dan’s stories, the way he explains the points that he is making and his humor are all in point. It’s so great to have someone my same age representing God, Country, Conservatism and mental Fortitude in such a manner. I’m a big fan and highly recommend this book.

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  • george gansel
  • 2020-04-10

Please read and apply!

This book was exceptional! In a time when its easy to realize our country is in trouble but extremely hard to put the turmoil into perspective Dan did a nearly perfect job of identifying the major issues and offering solutions. Whatever side of the political spectrum you lean towards you should appreciate a MODERATE voice in politics. I was terrified this would be an extremely right leaning book and therefore easy to dismiss but I really appreciate that Dan could look at positives and negatives from both sides(Obama quotes). Ultimately I found it as a useful tool to look at extremist's on both sides and apply his " Be Still " approach. Two ears and one mouth is the proper ratio for productive conversation. Thanks for writing this Dan!

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  • Wayne
  • 2020-04-14

Real fortitude!

FORTITUDE is the memoir of 36 year old first term Texas congressman Dan Crenshaw. It is also much more than a memoir by a Navy SEAL officer with a deeply inspiring personal story. The book weaves together the personal story, deep patriotism, and a very thoughtful personal and political philosophy. It is easy to realistically imagine Crenshaw as a future US president.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-04-10

Dan for president

Awesome book put together great.. Should get Congress a copy mabey they would learn common sense..

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  • Dana Erickson
  • 2020-04-12

A voice for today

I enjoyed listening to Dan’s reading, it's more like sitting and chatting. He is a thoughtful writer and speaker, measuring his words carefully. This should be a college course, today's young people really need his wisdom. There is a lot to chew on here, I'm starting my second listen now, I need this information to stick.

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  • raul
  • 2020-04-09

Crenshaw for president!

Enjoyed the insightful personal experiences, thank you for that and a big thank you for your service. Now when will you run for presidency? Seriously, our country needs an idividual with your integrity that has the peoples best interests at heart.

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  • 2020-04-12

Exactley what America Needed

Gets better every chapter. . . exactly what alot of us think and feel but didnt know how to articulate. . EXATCLEY what america needs to hear! Fortitude! "We are running out tough and responsible individuals to carry us Forward. . with every newly admitted FRAGILE WEAK mind comes the expectation that a more resilient person will take on additional responsibility. Rather this being discouraged by our leaders. . teachers etc. . this is actually ENCOURAGED." - Dan Crenshaw (Fortitude)

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  • Brian S
  • 2020-04-11

Some good lessons, little depth

Mostly an amalgamation of others' ideas, American history, and his experience as a SEAL. Interesting, but not very powerful.

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  • Cameron House
  • 2020-04-11

Must read!!

This is a great read during the lockdown to remind us that we have a civil duty to help one another.

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