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)
Yes - if you are a man or raising one, it's an exceptional call to action through a life well lived and story told.
Too many quotes, too many people, and too many challenges overcome to list.
I laughed out loud several times and find myself re-examining how I've lived my life and how I plan to raise my boys often. I've always been amazed and humbled by the sacrifice of our men and women in the Armed Forces and respected humanitarians who work in the field. This is a wonderful book which speaks to both sides.
Listen to it. Read it. Underline it. Share it with friends. It's more than worth your time.
First off, it's pretty cool that the autobiographer is the narrator. This book provides a great introspective into the depth of character and toughness required to be a SEAL. It has some really poignant statements about the proper times to apply strength and compassion when addressing international affairs.
This book was great for people that travel and ponder what our global role is. What are the things that humanitarians, Christians, military and other do for those in need, with good intentions, are harmful or helpful for those people and other cultures? Greitens does a fabulous job writing and reading the audio book. Even our 11 year old listened to this audio book with us and enjoyed it. There are some bad words and some content that was hard for us all to hear, but it was real life situations that happen. It's important for our preteens and teens to hear that life isn't all easy, and the freedom we enjoy every day is earned every day by many amazing people that step up to the plate and say "I'll do it."
Blind Vietnam veteran. Antique weapons collector. Outdoor enthusiast. Florida State University graduate with Business major. Owner of home health agency. registered nurse.
A great, exciting read! A MUST read for anyone who thinks they might want to be a Seal. A nice peak into the mind of patriotic youth.
Eric Greitens is a true leader and humanitarian. I would make this mandatory reading in my classroom (high school) except for the foul language.
Not for everyone
Earl, solid human being trying to improve the lives of his students
It was unusual, I was interested to hear a book narrated by the author. Initially it was a little difficult and some of the reading felt stilted - I had expected it to flow, but after a while I got used to the style and it was fine.
In some ways, it prompted me to think about what difference, if any, I was making. I found myself coming up very short in comprarison to Greitens.
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.
Palpably real, very intelligent.
He may personally inspire you to find more meaning in your life through service.
This account should not be missed.
Awesome, just Awesome!
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".
I don't know if this is BETTER than the print version - but it is VERY
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.
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.
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.
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.
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