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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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    Donovan 09-22-15
    Donovan 09-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A life's story and a perspective worth reading."

    Mr. G, as his men referred to him, offers a very grounded perspective of real life experience and the lessons to be learned from serving your fellow man and the value of compassion. I would argue that this book should be on reading lists for high school students. Greitens' overseas experiences and training as a navy seal teaches all about challenge and how through challenging our character, we can learn about ourselves and by overcoming challenges, we can make ourselves a better person and live a fulfilling life in a modern world where a feeling of purpose may be hard to come by.

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    Jason 07-01-15
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    "Fantastic book"

    This author gives a fantastic description about his own journey of honor, service and purpose. It's told not from, "Well, you need to do this" perspective, but from the point of view of, "there were many paths, and I choose this one."

    You don't have to be a Navy SEAL to live a life of honor and service.

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    Sandra Meadview, AZ, United States 06-02-15
    Sandra Meadview, AZ, United States 06-02-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Eric Greitens is Inspiring"

    This is a great story of how a boy became a Rhodes Scholar and then a Navy Seal. Reading about Americans like this gives you hope for our future. Both of my teen age daughters read this book (yes, we all read it too), one of them has read it three times. I am grateful they have role models like this.

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    Carlos alphab777 06-01-15
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    "Good read for those predeployment military"

    I recently retired from the U.S. Air Force and like the fact Eric mentions importance of building good relationships with the locals overseas in deployments. I totally agree! Good job to Mr. Greitens.

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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
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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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    "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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