The Heart and the Fist

  • by Eric Greitens
  • Narrated by Eric Greitens
  • 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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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The Heart and the Fist

Few men can be Navy Seals and few men can write about their unique world like Eric Greitens.
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An important read for every world citizen

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.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-04-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio