In a tremendous endeavor, Fox News host and decorated Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran Pete Hegseth has written a book that every American, especially every millennial and young family, must read.
His new book, “In The Arena,” is a wonderfully refreshing, thoughtful, and captivating examination of how to preserve the legacy of our great nation, the United States of America, by using one of the most iconic speeches in American history as its guidepost. Hegseth also gives examples of how to practice these principles as he did throughout his journey from the woods of Minnesota, to the Middle East, to the halls of Congress to the nation’s largest TV network.
Hegseth told us, “My passion to preserve the great and free America that our forefathers gifted to us is the passion of this book!”
You know when a book has overflowing praise for it coming in from everyone ranging from Senator John McCain, Robert J. O’Neill, SEAL Team Six, Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA), Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, Lt. Col. Oliver North USMC (Ret), Mark Levin and more – it’s worth picking up!
This is not another hyper-partisan book just looking to sell copies by throwing bombs. It instead stands out as a winding narrative dissecting one of America’s greatest speeches and why it is a blueprint for all generations from the largest demographic the 85 million millennials, middle-aged families and baby-boomers and everyone in-between to follow to keep America free and on top for the next 200 years.
Hegseth, an American Military News Advisory Board member roots his book in Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt’s globally famous “Man In The Arena” speech which is officially titled, “Citizenship In A Republic.”
Many of you may not know the entirety of 35-page speech but you most likely have heard a part of it.
“The entire speech—entitled ‘Citizenship in a Republic’—is a timely (and timeless!) roadmap for ensuring our Great Republic is preserved by our most important asset: good citizens.” Hegseth told us.
This speech, given in Paris in 1910 contains the transformative passage:
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
Hegseth pulls countless remarkable examples from his life. One specific experience during his tours in the Middle East was meeting a young boy who initially despised the Americans saw that they were kind and fighting for his rights to be free. “Little Omar” became a trusted and effective informant taking great risks for Hegseth, his unit and for his own freedom.
Ultimately, and sadly, Little Omar paid for his contributions to the fight for freedom and liberty with his life.
When asking Hegseth about Little Omar he said, “Little Omar reminds me that, even in a fallen and dangerous world, inside every human heart there is the possibility for goodness, honor, and courage.”
Stories like these don’t get told in the media and can only be told like Hegseth tells them, and other veterans tell them, from a first-hand account.
More about Hegseth:
Pete Hegseth is a Fox News Channel contributor, appearing regularly as a correspondent and guest co-host for the network’s morning show, Fox & Friends. He also appears frequently on The Kelly File, Outnumbered, America’s Newsroom, and Happening Now. Pete is also a frequent contributor on FoxNews.com and National Review Online.
Pete is an Army veteran of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and was also a guard at Guantanamo Bay. He holds two Bronze Stars and a Combat Infantryman’s Badge for his time in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Pete is the former CEO of Concerned Veterans for America (2012-2015), where he built the largest conservative veterans advocacy organization in America and led the charge for real reform at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Before that, Pete was the Executive Director of Vets for Freedom (2007-2010), leading the “ground truth” charge for success on the battlefield in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is also a member of the National Rifle Association and American Legion.
Pete graduated from Princeton University in 2003 with an undergraduate degree in Politics. While at Princeton, Pete was also a member of the varsity basketball team, an Army ROTC cadet, and the publisher of the campus conservative publication-The Princeton Tory. A decade later, Pete completed a Masters in Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, graduating in 2013.