The Fox News contributor and decorated Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran reads his vigorous call to arms to reignite American citizenship at home and restore American power abroad using the timeless truths of Teddy Roosevelt's iconic "Man in the Arena" speech.
Pete Hegseth makes an impassioned and experiential argument for how Teddy Roosevelt's articulation of "good citizens", "equality of opportunity", and unapologetic US leadership - "good patriots" - can renew our imperiled American experiment and save the free world in this fascinating, firsthand challenge to elite progressivism, ahistorical foreign policy, and status quo politics.
Despite contention surrounding Teddy Roosevelt's legacy, Hegseth argues that the Rough Rider's exhortation serves as a timeless wake-up call for our republic. Hegseth resurrects Roosevelt's famous "Citizenship in a Republic" address - best known for the "man in the arena" quote - as a road map for addressing the massive challenges facing America today. In order to rejuvenate what makes America exceptional, we must unapologetically get back into Roosevelt's arena - as engaged "good citizens" at home and powerful "good patriots" in the world.
Bolstered by gripping personal experience, Hegseth channels Teddy Roosevelt's words to make a case for turning America's highest ideals into action through the gritty virtues of citizenship, the dogged pursuit of equal opportunity, and aggressive commitment to winning the wars we fight - including the Iraq War. An exceptional American experiment was entrusted to "average citizens" in 1776 and has been perpetuated by every generation since...until now. If we won't fight for America, then what will we fight for? And if not now, then when? Get in the arena!
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Absolutely. The historical heft of Roosevelt's speech married to Pete's commonsense conversational style makes "In the Arena" an enlightening & convicting read across all spectrums. That is why I give a copy to anyone who deserves, or needs it. And quite frankly, that's a lot of people.
Reading "In the Arena" was a relief because it is very different than any other "Conservative" book. Other 'Let's save America' pieces are too ambitious. Don't misunderstand, "In the Arena" is not Disney's Guide to Citizenship in the 21st Century. Pete can be fierce, & some parts, I imagine, are frightening to people with only a shallow knowledge of world events.
Pete does an amazing job of conveying conviction without being abrasive. He has a friendly passion, which makes the reader feel encouraged instead of scolded. Pete is a happy warrior that makes the audible version much better than reading.
Extreme? Read the title of my review. I suppose buying copy after copy and giving them away could seem extreme... No laughing or crying, only conviction & a real sense of purpose. I hope Pete writes more books & sees fit to narrate them. "In the Arena" should be required reading for Civics courses in high schools & universities.
I am disappointed that at 36 Pete does not have the audacity to write an autobiography.
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