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
"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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
The stories are his personal experiences which adds something. Plus his voice is easy going and easy to listen to. His reading was great.
So good, Download it!
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