I spend 90+ minutes a day in my car, Audible makes it enjoyable regardless of what's happening in traffic. My taste varies from endurance fitness to economics and from to combat stories and romance novels.
His honesty about his own personal failings with his grandfather while aiding refugees in Rwanda is character and humanity rarely written about outside of the most personal journals. I've had moments like that in my own life, but never had the courage to share it with anyone. Greitens' story is powerful and compelling.
If you read Sole Survivor and were a bit disappointed with the arrogance, religious overtones, and lack of believability, and were left longing for an honest accounting of what makes a true warrior, this book is not to be missed. Simply one of the most amazing soldier stories I've read (and I'm partial to the genre).
The publisher's review explains the story but the author / narrator through sharing his story tells of self made opportunites to make a difference in the life of others by being the best he could be as a compassionate aide and an aggresive leader. Like the author the story is balanced in several ways. His life divided into two time frames, both of which are compelling listening. There is sadness and humour, friends and enemies, east and west, unity and division. The more I listened, the more I learnt about my self and my own values.
Not because the author asks that of us, but because his motivations and actions are stimulants to our sense of self worth.
The author is currently leading a path that I cannot wait to read about some time in the future. He has the heart of a warrior who was born to protect, always with the velvet glove of compassion but balanced by the fist of aggression.
As a narrator, the author is excellent. The self acknowledgement of his achievements is not boastful but realistic. At all times he balances those successes with his respect and love for those who shared his journey, especially his brothers in arms.
A story I could read or listen to again.
Born in Ohio, lived in California, Alaska, and now Texas
I love the great special forces stories like Lone Survivor and American Sniper. the Heart and the Fist is every bit as fantastic as those stories, but be warned that this is a different type of Navy Seal story. A fascinating true story that you should listen to immediately!!
Eric Greitens is the type of leader we need in this world. A man that seeks out real education through experience and not just book learning.
This is an inspiring story of hope, compassion, and what people can do when they live by with honor, courage, and integrity.
This isn't some Pollyanna fairytale. Mr. Greitens shows us the world as real, gritty, cruel, and unforgiving at times. And yet with leadership, action, and holding on to our humanity we can still improve the world. At least while we are here.
I couldn't stop listening. I read Greitens book Resilience first and had to check this one out after. I can't recommend this book enough. Do yourself a favor and check it out.
This is one of the best military memoirs I've read, many try to be macho, but this shows the humanitarian goals of military service. Incredible story.