The Heart and the Fist by Eric Greitens
The education of a humanitarian, the making of a Navy SEAL

88%

6 Critic Reviews

The writing throughout is straightforward and effectively personalized, detailed yet unadorned; one would have to be mighty cynical to resist the power of Greitens’ experiences, and young Americans would benefit from contemplating his message.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

THE HEART AND THE FIST shares one man’s story of extraordinary leadership and service as both a humanitarian and a warrior. In a life lived at the raw edges of the human experience, Greitens has seen what can be accomplished when compassion and courage come together in meaningful service.

As a Rhodes Scholar and Navy SEAL, Greitens worked alongside volunteers who taught art to street children in Bolivia and led US Marines who hunted terrorists in Iraq. He’s learned from nuns who fed the destitute in one of Mother Teresa’s homes for the dying in India, from aid workers who healed orphaned children in Rwanda, and from Navy SEALs who fought in Afghanistan. He excelled at the hardest military training in the world, and today he works with severely wounded and disabled veterans who are rebuilding their lives as community leaders at home.

Greitens offers each of us a new way of thinking about living a meaningful life. We learn that to win any war, even those we wage against ourselves; to create and obtain lasting peace; to save a life; and even, simply to live with purpose requires us—every one of us—to be both good and strong.


 

About Eric Greitens

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Eric Greitens was born and raised in Missouri. After earning a Ph.D. as a Rhodes Scholar and serving as a humanitarian volunteer overseas, Eric joined the Navy SEALs. A boxing champion and a decorated combat veteran, he is the founder of the nonprofit The Mission Continues and the author of the New York Times bestseller The Heart and the Fist.
 
Published April 11, 2011 by Mariner Books. 345 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, War, History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on Feb 01 2011

The writing throughout is straightforward and effectively personalized, detailed yet unadorned; one would have to be mighty cynical to resist the power of Greitens’ experiences, and young Americans would benefit from contemplating his message.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Feb 28 2011

A glorious tale of humanity, resolve, and strength, Greitens's book reminds us of how many things we take for granted in our well-ordered lives.

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Examiner

Excellent
on Jun 04 2012

Inspiring read, incredible journey, invaluable resource...

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Examiner

Excellent
on Oct 17 2011

“The Heart and the Fist” is a remarkable story told with modesty and grace and young Americans would benefit from contemplating Greitens’ message.

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The National

Above average

Those critical enough will point to Greitens' sometimes naive perspective on complex issues relating to US foreign policy...

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Christianity Today

Good
on Jun 14 2011

...I am going to read The Heart and the Fist to my sons this year. They are 11 and 12. They should know how a great life is lived in the modern world, and I can think of no one I would rather have them emulate than Eric Greitens.

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