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I don't know if this is BETTER than the print version - but it is VERY
The best part about this story is that it is actually written from 2 perspectives - that of a soldier and that of a relief worker.
The most moving moments of this book are those that dealt with Eric's experiences in Bosnia. That war - the largest ethnic cleansing to take place since WWII - gets little attention, but seemed to be particularly bitter and cruel. Eric's experiences there eventually lead him to become a Navy Seal. He concludes that people sometimes just need protection - sanctions, peacekeepers and condemnation aren't always enough.
This is a great, personal, compassionate story told through the eyes of a unique individual who has seen a lot of things first-hand. It is well-written, fast-paced and makes you think.
By far the best SEAL book, head and shoulder's with Lone Survivor. The personal insight into the humanitarian side, war, and the mind of a special forces soldier takes you on a personal journey with the writer across the globe. The book made me want to be better, want to fight for those who can't fight for themselves, and to help returning soldier's continue to fight the mission at home and abroad in new and innovative ways. By far the best read of 2011.
Eric Greitens story is a must hear or read. Well written and poignant. Purposeful and well narrated by the author I was disappointed when the ride was all over.
Inspiring, entertaining and thought-provoking. Should be on every high school reading list. Humbling to those of us who have just muddled through life without realizing it.
I had my teenage sons listen to when I was done, and they loved it as well. Eric sets a great example for us all. The story is educational, inspirational, and at times very funny. He is also a talented writer and a good reader. Out of the 170 titles in my library, I'd rank this in the top 5, easily.
I got this book because of the great reviews, but was concerned that it would be a bragging session with some humanitarian "look how much I care" and then the SEAL "look how strong I am." We've all read those before, and they end up leaving the reader very irritated.
This was thankfully not the case. While Greitens discusses his own accomplishments, he seems to use himself and his own story as a vessel to spread some very interesting ideas about how to think about war, strength, and even improve the government and military. When I finished this, I found myself wondering why Greitens wasn't promoted into a higher post than Navy SEAL. If some of his "superiors" (if they can so be called) read his book, they may do just that.
The accounts of the trials leading up to becoming a SEAL were staggering and gave me the utmost respect for those who do make it. For those who don't, it's still a damn impressive feat to try.
Highly recommend this one - it's a quick, easy read that you won't be able to put down.
One of the best Navy Seals book i have ever listen to. We need more people like this in the world. Thank you for your service to this great country!
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Couldn't finish this read. It was fun to listen to Eric's SEAL training and I applaud his humanitarian efforts. In my opinion, however, this was written as much as a platform for his personal opinions.
That said, if you're in the mood for a thoughtful read, this should be for you. If you are more interested in the life of a SEAL, I'd pick something else.
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.