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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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    Gerald Collier 04-05-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Truly awesome"

    I took a lot from this book and applied it to my leadership role in law enforcement.

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    Sarah 03-10-16
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    "I'd recommend this one."

    Good story with lots of character, heartfelt moments, and thought provoking issues. People like him inspire and amaze me!

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    Zach Wagner 03-03-16
    Zach Wagner 03-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Memoir from a modern warrior philosopher"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, this book was entertaining, thoughtful and well written. Made me think about the role of compassion and force and how they can be used together despite their apparently opposing nature.


    What does Eric Greitens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Having the book narrated by the author really brought it to life, especially the stories about SEAL training.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Deals with heavy themes of combat, violence, hardship, etc.


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    United States University Student 12-03-15
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    "The Heart and the Fist vs Resilience"
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    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.

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    Kindle Customer 12-02-15
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    "Simply Amazing"

    Eric Greitens does a fantastic job of humbly telling his own story from a Duke undergraduate who boxed in Durham, NC to Rhodes scholar doing humanitarian work u Africa and South America to ensign and later Navy Seal team leader. Lots of wisdom subtly woven into his story. Also, great insight into BUDS and other special warfare training.

    All great read for both the humanitarian or military man. Loved this audio book.

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    Matt 10-28-15
    Matt 10-28-15
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    "Amazing"

    Usually I read leadership and business development books. I'm not really one for autobiographies or stories of people's lives. But this one was fantastic. So many great takeaways and he fantastic example of taking each life experience and turning it into a coachable skill

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    Amazon Customer 10-11-15
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    "Lessons learned"

    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.

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    CAMILLUS YANG 10-05-15
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    "meaningful as the single word on this book"

    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

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    Donovan 09-22-15
    Donovan 09-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A life's story and a perspective worth reading."

    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.

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    Jason 07-01-15
    Jason 07-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic book"

    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.

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