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Fortitude - Dan Crenshaw


By Dan Crenshaw

  • Release Date: 2020-04-07
  • Genre: Political Science
Score: 4.5
From 453 Ratings


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.


  • Awesome book

    By Idiot on the run
    Best book I’ve read on America and what’s going on today.
  • Thank you

    By Call Sign Gus
    Phenomenal! VR, MAJ Gus Tascon NJARNG
  • Essential reasing

    By abpia
    Everyone should read this.
  • Great Read

    By Steamroller27
    This is a great book that every American Patriot should read. It taught me so much and ultimately made me a better human being and a better American citizen. Definitely deserves every star I’m giving it!
  • Truly a book for the times.

    By surferkrism
    This refreshing and endearing perspective almost seems like a throwback to a time when our nation understood what it’s values were and, despite differences of opinion, we conducted ourselves with dignity and respect. Conversely, it is poignant in the way it points out the decay of our current political/cultural state. Truly a book for the times!
  • Great Book from an intelligent person.

    By MikeJuhl13
    Great Book from an intelligent person. Interesting life. Dan is the type of person we need to help this crazy world get back on track.
  • Great Book. Must Read!

    By CrazieNinja
    This is a great, well written and inspiring book regardless of your politics. I have great respect for him and all he has sacrificed and accomplished. He gives well thought out explanations and great tips in an easy to understand fashion. I found it motivating and educational. After reading it, I realized some things in my personal and professional life that I will look at through new lenses and work to change how I react and take action on.
  • 5 stars

    By CaseyJohnson16
    I loved this book. I recommend this read to anyone. 5 stars.
  • Fantastic Book

    By DFK1967
    What a wonderful read.....very well written and comprehensive. If only the younger generation would read this perhaps we would have more peace and stability in our great country. If you love our country, with all its warts and great opportunity, this is a book for you. Look forward to hearing more from Crenshaw in the future. We need more people like him in Congress at all levels.
  • Best read of the century!

    By JILOML90
    Filled with grit, tenacity, truth, wisdom and so much more. If you do nothing else, you must read this.