In the Arena: Good Citizens, a Great Republic, and How One Speech Can Reinvigorate America

Decorated Iraq War veteran, conservative activist, and all-round good guy, Pete Hegseth has written an inspiring call to service. Hegseth draws on the Founders’ vision of an involved and enlightened citizenry that works – sometimes through government, often not – to make their community better, help those in need, and serve and support their country. The book is patriotic, personal and moving. When he visited a young United States, Alexis de Tocqueville was taken with the readiness of Americans to tackle problems without waiting for guidance from the government. The vast network of mediating structures – churches, charities, fraternal organizations, and citizen groups formed to fill an important need – was one of the most distinctive elements of the emerging American nation. Hegseth rightly sees these mediating structures are critical to a prosperous, healthy country and the personal involvement of ordinary Americans in practical service as a powerful antidote to big government and cynicism. Pete is a patriot and you’ll be more of one, too, if you read this book and take its words to heart.
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After three years preparing The Triumph of William McKinley by reading very little but books, letters, articles and newspapers from the Gilded Age, I’m trying to get back into my regular routine, which I’ll chronicle here with an occasional review of what I’ve read.


A massive British invasion fleet nears the coast, its target a key port on the far edge of the United States. 


Not only does this volume have the best title of any book I’ve read in the past year, but it will keep you on the edge of your chair until you finish this tale.


This is a riveting tale of brotherly love, tested in a time of global war.  The characters are vividly drawn, the action riveting and the suspense almost overwhelming. 


My copy of PORTRAITS OF COURAGE arrived and I thumbed through it, expecting to take a quick look before adding it to my reading stack and getting to it in a few days.

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