You cannot bounce back from hardship. You can only move through it....
Eric Greitens brings his adventures to life, sharing stories of friendship, struggle, and hard-earned wisdom....
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A highly decorated Navy SEAL shares stories of his years of combat experience in Afghanistan, providing leadership insights that will shift your view of yourself....
The Finishing School is essential listening for anyone who wants to know what goes into the making of America's best warriors....
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The epic memoir of an Alaskan pararescue jumper, Special Forces Operator, and decorated war hero....
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On a moonless night just weeks after September 11, 2001, U.S. Special Forces team ODA 574 infiltrates the mountains of southern Afghanistan with a seemingly impossible mission....
With a postscript describing SEAL efforts in Afghanistan, The Warrior Elite takes you into the toughest, longest, and most relentless military training in the world....
Rorke Denver trains the men who become Navy SEALs - the most creative problem solvers on the modern battlefield, ideal warriors for the kinds of wars America is fighting now....
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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.
I've been a member of Audible for several years, listening to a small library of books and this is one of the best by far. An inspiring and mesmerizing true story, the author recounts his time as a humanitarian volunteer in many of the worst spots on earth and his eight years with the US Navy SEALS. Greitens makes his philosophy of humanitarian compasion, backed up with force to ensure protection of those who need it, clear and relevant.
This book is a great example of what America could be if it didn't spend so much time wrapped up in partisan infighting.
19 of 20 people found this review helpful
It helps that the author reads his book, but his viewpoint and his character outshine even a rollicking good read about SEAL training, Mother Theresa, Oxford, the Bosnian and Ruanda genocides, and special ops in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Found myself looking for anything and everything else by or about this fellow.
26 of 29 people found this review helpful
This is one of the best books I've read lately. It has inspired me to be better and do better. It tells of many things Eric Greitens has done in the private sector volunteering in remote corners of the world, his Navy Seal training and deployment. His views are uplifting and refreshing. You will not be disapointed, I couldn't turn this book on tape off until it was over and I wished there were 10 more hours to listen to. This is a great listen and I hope everyone decides to listen!
10 of 11 people found this review helpful
I bought this book for my father, who is a big war fan. But on a long drive to Florida, my husband & I listened to it. Wow! As a peaceful activist I have always abhorred war. I wasn't sure I would find anything in common with someone who had become a SEAL. I was wrong. Eric went from being in the Peace Corps to a SEAL, which seems completely incongruous. However, following Eric on his journey I realise that he is honouring his deep convictions by becoming a protector of the weak not just caring, educating and assisting them. I can't imagine living through what he has lived through, but I am ever grateful for his moral compass in our military. He truly 'Steps up' in his life & he is an inspiration to all.
The audiobook was riveting. I only found a one part less interesting, which was the description of the hazing in the pacific. Otherwise, this book helped me learn & understand more about those who chose to serve in this way. A very brave & honest book.
14 of 16 people found this review helpful
One of the best examples of Military Memoir I have ever experienced. It helps that Greitens narrates his own words. He is a talented storyteller, who tells his tale plainly and without ego. I was left wanting to know more about him and his work. If you're looking for a shoot'em-up blood and guts thriller, you're not going to like this book.
However if you'd love a great example of "The hero's journey" in the same vein as "One Bullet Away", "With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa" or even Heinlein's fictional classic "Starship Troopers" you've come to the right place.
11 of 13 people found this review helpful
Have been listening to this book and am amazed by the great way it presents the story. The writer who also reads the book, is a natural to the audio book genre and delivers his story in a compelling and all emcompassing manner. Not an army story, but a life story and freedom, the value of it we in the west take for granted.
Governments don't make change, people do, from the spark in the heart of one man or women a whole political or social shift can taken place, as we have witnessed in the middle east recently.
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
I feel like most citizens are very disconnected from those who are serving in the military overseas - so I am drawn to books that help me be more aware. This is my favorite book so far of the year. I love what this man has to teach about life, values, compassion, courage and vision. The audio version is read exceptionally well by the author.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
Interesting perspecitive on the strategy of struggle. The balance of too much versus not enough is a complex and hard to comprehend topic that this author fights head on. Fantatstic book. Wish I had more time in the day while I was listening to the book.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
Any additional comments?
To save you guys the trouble since there is quite a bit of overlap between books, I believe the story for this book over that of Resilience is better. Being that Resilience was more of a self help motivational book influenced by socratic dialogue (letters between Greitens and Walker), this book was more of the life story of Greitens. Both are wonderful pieces but I read Resilience first and I think that it's not necessary to read both books. This book shows how great of a guy Greitens is, whereas the latter develops and expounds on different principles of living a fulfilling life and overcoming obstacles. That being said, I found resilience a better listen overall because of the socratic dialogue-esque style of writing.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
What a great man. What a great story.
Listening to how Eric matures and develops through college and his international humanitarian episodes were interesting. However, the best parts for me were Eric's SEAL training experiences. It was very encouraging to know that a man like Eric was going to be a military leader. It was very discouraging to hear about some of the other people who were going to be military leaders. Overall a good listen.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
Few men can be Navy Seals and few men can write about their unique world like Eric Greitens.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This book is an important read for every world citizen. Further the knowledge and humanity of Eric needs a place in our global political system.
Read both of his books now and really enjoyed them both. Here's hoping he writes another.
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
No, probably would not recommend. It's too much filled with do-good attitude. I get it, the guy is a success in everything and everything. Normal people hates thoses guys.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
Well, you really can't change the reality, now can you..? Unless you are a leftist liberal and even then the warped reality stays in their own heads.
Did the narration match the pace of the story?
Yup. No complaints there.
Do you think The Heart and the Fist needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
I think so yes and I thought the Resiliance was it. I was mistaken.
Any additional comments?
Ok listen, but if you are wanting to listen it because of the BUD/S & SEAL -factor, you are going to lose about half of the book.