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)
Finding a purpose, feeling useful/needed, and solving problems on a human to human, boots on the ground, level are beautifully emphasized and portrayed. I could not agree more.
This book is about how to live and lead by example on leading a meaningful life where meaningful is judged not by oneself but by the outcomes of the lives of others served. It is definitely a book for my children to listen or read one day and challenge themselves at different frontiers of life
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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