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)
This book is one of the best I have listened too. I am amazed by the humanitarian wisdom and humility the author conveys. This book is hard to stop listening too. The author has a great writing ability and does a wonderful job conveying his life lessons.
I can't say enough good things about this book. Greitens is an extraordinary man who is living an extraordinary life. His story absolutely leaves me awe-struck and optimistic about the future. It will be interesting to see how his endeavors progress
I loved this book , I looked forward to getting in the car to hear some more . He writes so beautifully , and so insightfully . I would love to hear something else from him .
I liked this good not my favorite Navy Seal book buy its a great read still for this man to have a degree at Oxford and still want to serve his country is a story everyone should hear
Straightforward narration, amazing and well balanced. I laughed, got scared, got teary eyed. Seriously--never heard of this guy, but I think that will all change. He humbly inspires.
Here is a humble Rhode Scholar Navy Seal. Enough said.
His straightforward demeanor throughout the narration adds to the understanding of the book. He's real.
Both. Hold tight!!! (no shit) got a laugh. Social work got some tears.
Thanks for writing this. My roommate served in Iraq, and he is as honorable as you can come. I don't have a lot of experience with US military, but as a woman I hear mostly bad stuff. This is the kind of thing that young recruits should read. And every other American.
I learn more when I listen to audiobooks and I can chew through a lot more books this way! Audiobooks are also a lot easier with a TBI
Yes, this book is a strong reminder of our responsibility to be of service to others
Although there are some differences I would recommend "On Call in Hell" or "Paradise General"
This book is really interesting, often suspenseful, and difficult to put down but the overall message is one that applies to everyone and is very inspirational. This is a book that everyone needs to read/listen too!
yes, it was a very captivating description of places of suffering and poverty in the world and the hope and lessons one man found there. Also tales of his training and deployments as a Navy Seal. Fascinating- couldn't put it down until I finished the book!
Finishing School - another Navy Seal training book, and Kisses for Katy - a young woman moves to Africa and adopts and serves orphan children.
His down to earth manner of telling his story - as if he was sitting across the kitchen table over a cup of coffee!
hearing about the couple who gave up their own comforts to love and care for the orphans in Africa.
This story makes you consider a more noble calling! Serving others is more fulfilling than living for self.
Besides being a gifted writer, he is a wonderful story teller. His characterization of others is like a comfortable story around the dinner table as he falls into character describing/mimicking another person's reaction to shared experiences.
This is a really uplifting story in the midst of terrible tragedy, about the power of making good choices and pursuit of goals, not just for yourself but for others. Eric Greitens has done and witnessed many things as a college volunteer worker in many nations, a Rhodes Scholar and later as a Navy Seal. He tells the stories of both children and adults, and pauses briefly for insight into why they do what they do what they do. The stories are interesting and the insight and perspective is something i aspire to achieve.
This is one of the best books I have listened to on Audible (and i have listened to many). These real life adventures are more interesting than the fiction i usually listen to, and the comments on human character and motivation are natural outgrowths of the story telling, which comes first. For having seen so much human tragedy, even as a volunteer in many countries, he keeps his perspective and describes his observations, while seamlessly including quotes from the Greeks, to Lincoln, to Mother Theresa. He can challenge your thoughts on religion and charity, and what it means to help and protect those in need. This is not a book of lectures on what we should do, but rather stories about the good and bad people do, and trying to make good choices for yourself. This is great storytelling, all the better for having decisions and consequences about living a good and honorable life.
First, I'd like to say to those who didn't like the author's reading: I found it like a personal encounter with someone who is truly interesting and engaging. He's talking to me, not an audience.
The story is different. He has lived a very unique life. I got off to a slow start (I had put this book off for a long time) but it became more interesting as he went from China to boxing, to Bosnia and Bolivia as a relief worker and then to SEAL training. His insights into human behavior, learned from experience, helped me to look at other lifestyles with more understanding.
Buy the book! -- the proceeds will help wounded American warriors. From hearing his story I'm sure he will make more use of those few dollars than I ever could.
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