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The Heart and the Fist Audiobook
The Heart and the Fist
Written by: 
Eric Greitens
Narrated by: 
Eric Greitens
The Heart and the Fist Audiobook

The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL

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Publisher's Summary

Like many young idealists, Eric Greitens wanted to make a difference. During college and afterward, he traveled to the world's trouble spots, working in refugee camps, serving the sick and the poor on four continents, from Gaza to Croatia to Mother Teresa's home in Calcutta, among others. Yet he could not prevent violence or save anyone from becoming a refugee; he could only step in afterward and try to ease the damage. So Eric joined the Navy SEALs and became an elite warrior.

In a moving and inspiring memoir, told with genuine humility, Eric offers something new in the history of military memoirs: a warrior who wanted to be strong to be good, only to discover that he had to be good to be strong. Throughout his SEAL training and deployments in Kenya, Thailand, Afghanistan, and Iraq, the lessons of his humanitarian work bore fruit. The result is a lesson for us all: the heart and fist together are more powerful than either one alone.

©2011 Eric Greitens (P)2011 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"This tale of [Greitens's] dual military/humanitarian effort could be paired with Rye Barcott's It Happened on the Way to War." (Library Journal)

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    Deb Bellevue, WA United States 05-31-15
    Deb Bellevue, WA United States 05-31-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting"

    Wasn't my favorite book. Had interesting stories of his work. I would have liked to have heard about the military deployments a bit more.

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    Joe Houston, TX, United States 05-24-15
    Joe Houston, TX, United States 05-24-15 Member Since 2016

    Born in Ohio, lived in California, Alaska, and now Texas

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    "This guy would make a great President"

    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!!

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    Allen V. Burnsworth 05-19-15

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    "A wonderful story of one man answering his call to action."

    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.

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    Brendan 05-19-15
    Brendan 05-19-15
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    "Inspiring "

    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.

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    merritte 03-21-15
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    "One of the best military memoirs I've read"

    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.

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    Amanda Field 03-09-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Life changing"

    Explores the delicate balance of humanitarianism and military force. He inspires everyone to find a place on the front lines.

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    Richard T. Whalen 02-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Inspiring"

    Loved this book. Now I'm having my teenage son who wants to be a Navy seal read it.
    Thanks Eric

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    Tony 02-04-15
    Tony 02-04-15 Member Since 2016
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    "An Extraordinary Life"

    A wonderful mix of military romp and humanitarian introspection. I enjoyed every moment. I would listen to it again someday.

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    Gregory 01-18-15
    Gregory 01-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book, better message!"

    Liked the fact that the author did the narration. Excellent listen and despite the length it went quickly. Well done.

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    david Thornton, CO, United States 06-22-13
    david Thornton, CO, United States 06-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    "The best book on audible!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love this book, Eric is an amazing person and has a great story to tell. Since the story is personal an sometimes emotional it enhances the story telling having the author narrate.

    Eric's story shows us that there's so much important work to be done in the world and that service to others is the path to an interesting and joyful life. This book is so good, download it now.


    What about Eric Greitens’s performance did you like?

    The stories are his personal experiences which adds something. Plus his voice is easy going and easy to listen to. His reading was great.


    Any additional comments?

    So good, Download it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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