This could possibly be the most inspirational memoir I have ever read. In an American culture drowning in complete selfish medocrity, Eric Grietens has dedicated his life to exceptional service, duty to humanity, the pursuit of courage, and a stand for integrity. This book is gripping from beginning to end as Eric shares very introspective thoughts on what it means to care about the world around you. If you have any burden for humanity or purpose or you are wondering if there is more to this life, then I strongly encourage you to read this book.
So rarely does a book about special forces have a broader view of their world. It's refreshing to see a member of our elite forces give a POV that is not arrogant and gung ho, but is thoughtful and positive.
Eric Greitens is truly a warrior in the classic sense. A man with with a firm moral compass, a beautiful strong heart, and a sense of compassion that is almost non-existent in today's military.
I sincerely hope that this book becomes the unofficial handbook of every member of the military. It's a great reminder of who we are, as Americans, and as humans.
Eric Greitens is the person that all of us would like to be. No matter what he experiences in his life story he is always himself. -- He's honest, tough and always maintains his humility when being challenged. Eric shows us that having a big heart and and fighting for what's right goes hand-in-hand if you want to be succussful.
The next time I'm feeling down and want to give up I'll just remeber to ask myself, "what would Eric do?". This is one of the best books I've ever listened to on Audible yet!
Had just listened to the Lone Survivor, which I liked very much from a different perspective. This book is definitely different, in a good way. Written by a man who had a different experience. I'd say a true leader who shared many a lesson from an expansive life of travel and very challenging experiences. He chronicles his journey from fields of a young adventurous volunteer to the fields of a combat officer of today. Very mature, full of leadership perspectives and quite empowering.
Definitely worth a listen for a wide range of audience who might not be attracted to listening to a story of Special Warfare Operations of today. If you are interested in the Navy Seals--he had some of the best descriptions of BUDS that I've read/listened.
A true humanitarian, that continued his challenge of service even outside of the Seals. He continues to demonstrate key qualities of enduring and persisting under quite difficult conditions.
The author reads his own book. Lends an interesting quality to his work. I'd say it could have been read better by a professional, but I imagine he had his reasons, it doesn't really distract from the listen.
The topic and the story he is telling is absolutely one of the best I've read/heard in awhile.
I loved this book , I looked forward to getting in the car to hear some more . He writes so beautifully , and so insightfully . I would love to hear something else from him .
Smart, dedicated, worldly
Earl, the boxing coach, making him take pride in the trophy he had received. It was a powerful lesson and the dichotomy between Eric and Earl's backgrounds was very poignant.
Why don't people of this caliber run for office?
The author tells parts of his remarkable life story. He must be the only one who went to Oxford and then became a Navy Seal. He frequently mentions that he was trying to make an impact and help people in need. So he tried first humanitarian work, but becomes overwhelmed by his helplessness in a Bosnian refugee camp where Serbs keep on killing and raping. He makes some impact as a war photographer, but believes that joining the US Navy will make a bigger impact. He tells of his adventures in Seal training and the comradeship it creates, which eventually becomes exhausting. When he finally gets to go to war in Afghanistan, he only mentioned the importance of "killing" the perpetrators. At that point I expected that he would explain why it is necessary to sometimes kills innocent lives in order to do the final good. But there was no mention of the Shock and Awe attack on Iraq and the unnecessary loss of thousand of lives. Instead he just keeps on repeating how important it is to use the fist once in a while. In summary, I did not learn much by listening to this book, but it was good entertainment.
The title is an excellent description. The story is even more memorable because it is performed by the author.
This book gave a view of a view of how Eric Greiten lived his life and his journey as a Navy SEAL. It is an interesting view of Eric's personal journey through the early years of his life and his years as a Navy SEAL. For those that are looking a book just about Navy SEAL training or life within the teams you may be disappointed. This book is more about his journey as a person and his journey through the world from the point of civilian and Navy SEAL. I would not consider this book heavy military, maybe 50% of the book is dedicated to his Navy SEAL training and career.
No, lacked real conflict or deep character or plot. Reads more like a rambling blog entry than a serious, well thought non-fiction.
Nothing memorable stands out.
The narrator's voice is perfect for this book: drab and borderline monotone.