Fortitude: American Resilience in the Era of Outrage

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Written By: Dan Crenshaw

Narrated By: Dan Crenshaw

Date: April 2020

Duration: 8 hours 15 minutes


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.


  • Zack K.

    Every American should read this book. Thank you Dan!

  • Kerry W.

    So good. This book really demonstrates what someone with perspective born of real life experience can share.

  • Martha B.

    I really enjoyed this book. Interesting to learn about Crenshaws life as well as training as a seal. He has an interesting perspective.

  • Keith C.

    What a great book on establishing a foundation for your world views.

  • Anonymous

    This book was eye opening to me, as the daughter of a veteran it made me beam with pride of the commit in our great military. Reading it I was reassured common sense was alive and still fighting for our constitutional rights in Washington. I even suggested it to my 15 year old son and it has kept his interest and is using it for a book report in his English class. He took our printed copy to school and asked his history teacher to use it in class as topics for conservative conversation. Its a fantastic read and application to life!

  • Anonymous

    Great read. Even better for your teenager to read and absorb to guide their mindset in life’s journeys.

  • Richard L.

    Loved this book. If I were still in a leadership role, I would recommend it for my senior management teams. There is something for everyone to take away in this book. After being in a leadership role for over 30 years, I thoroughly enjoyed it and had several takeaways.

  • Barb D.

    Well written - interspersed life events with values described.

  • Sauraj P.


  • Anonymous

    Great read. Valuable info

  • William B.

    good guy great book

  • Charles H.

    WOW! This book brings to light the simple and common values that seem to be lost over time. I would not consider this a Self Help book but after listening to it it is quite motivating and inspirational. A whole new found respect for Dan Crenshaw. This will definitely be a book that I will read again.

  • David R.

    Great book, Mr Crenshaw does a good job of sharing his experiences and success without sounding conceded.

  • Milt L.

    Should be mandatory reading for every high school senior. Engaging common sense that isn’t so common. You will live your best life if you prescribe to the precepts of this book. Highly recommend.

  • stmarcink

    Always good to reflect.

  • Michael W.

    excellent book with great narration. thanks dan!

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