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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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    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.

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    muttman Campton Hills, Illinois, United States 09-08-11
    muttman 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.

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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

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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.

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    Glancyguy Bixby, OK, United States 07-01-11
    Glancyguy Bixby, OK, United States 07-01-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Nothing Short of Inspiring"

    This could possibly be the most inspirational memoir I have ever read. In an American culture drowning in complete selfish medocrity, Eric Grietens has dedicated his life to exceptional service, duty to humanity, the pursuit of courage, and a stand for integrity. This book is gripping from beginning to end as Eric shares very introspective thoughts on what it means to care about the world around you. If you have any burden for humanity or purpose or you are wondering if there is more to this life, then I strongly encourage you to read this book.

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    K. Mckenna 06-07-11
    K. Mckenna 06-07-11 Member Since 2017

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    "One of the best military books I have ever read"

    So rarely does a book about special forces have a broader view of their world. It's refreshing to see a member of our elite forces give a POV that is not arrogant and gung ho, but is thoughtful and positive.
    Eric Greitens is truly a warrior in the classic sense. A man with with a firm moral compass, a beautiful strong heart, and a sense of compassion that is almost non-existent in today's military.

    I sincerely hope that this book becomes the unofficial handbook of every member of the military. It's a great reminder of who we are, as Americans, and as humans.

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    cah100 05-25-11
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    "Terrific"

    Well told story of a purpose-filled life. Great insight into what it takes to be a Navy Seal.

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