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.