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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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    Malu Boulder, CO 10-07-12
    Malu Boulder, CO 10-07-12 Member Since 2006
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    "very intelligent account of service"
    Where does The Heart and the Fist rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best audiobooks I've listened to. It is nonfiction, which I do not usually listen to or read. He gives an account of his personal experience in college, Rhodes Scholarship, working for international charities and then becoming and serving as a Navy Seal. It ends with description of his subsequent public leadership in founding the charity The Mission Continues to challenge wounded servicemen and women.


    What about Eric Greitens’s performance did you like?

    Palpably real, very intelligent.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    He may personally inspire you to find more meaning in your life through service.


    Any additional comments?

    This account should not be missed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jIM kEFFER 09-03-12
    jIM kEFFER 09-03-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Greitens for President!"
    If you could sum up The Heart and the Fist in three words, what would they be?

    Awesome, just Awesome!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eric Greitens is the best example I've seen in quite some time of a man who chose Service and Virtue over Greed and Self Indulgence. Quite an amazing guy and a great example of what it really means to be a "great man".


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-05-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A well-written, multi-faceted story of courage!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Heart and the Fist to be better than the print version?

    I don't know if this is BETTER than the print version - but it is VERY


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dana 11-08-11
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    "Best SEAL book ever"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    madrigan Campton Hills, Illinois, United States 09-08-11
    madrigan Campton Hills, Illinois, United States 09-08-11 Member Since 2011

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    "A superb book"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    denise Atlanta, Gabon 08-06-11
    denise Atlanta, Gabon 08-06-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Terrific!"

    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.

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    Jeff Spokane, WA, United States 08-02-11
    Jeff Spokane, WA, United States 08-02-11 Member Since 2008
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    "A great example"

    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.

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    Jena SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 07-24-11
    Jena SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 07-24-11
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    "Surprisingly good."

    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.

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    Ezequiel Miami, FL, United States 07-14-11
    Ezequiel Miami, FL, United States 07-14-11
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    "Excellent listen and narrator!"

    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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    G. Hooper Kansas City, MO USA 07-14-11
    G. Hooper Kansas City, MO USA 07-14-11 Member Since 2007

    Big Band jazz lover

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    "Heart and Fist .........."

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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