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After many years of humanitarian work, leadership positions, and concerns about war, I now get “it. This book was provided for me free for review from the publisher.

He worked with lost children in Bolivia and gave them hope, and, along the way, he became a Rhodes Scholar where he had the time to study and read within a unique academic environment while he considered his options as to “what’s next? Lists with This Book.

He creates a non-profit organisation that asks the questions of returned injured serviceman, what service can you now do for your country. But after the action and entertainment, the themes and philosophy Greitens espouses struck me as rather unassuming and simplified. If you’re a pacifist, or just any nonviolent person wanting to understand warriors, pick up this book. Product details Paperback Publisher: Jun 27, Mike rated it it was ok Shelves: Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

The book is a calling, a chiming to our souls, leading us beyond our comfort to the full and ironic happiness that breaks out in serving the world, with intelligence, the sharpest insight and a warrior’s love that wins hearts and minds. Eric Greitens, I pray the narrative of your life shadows and inspires mine until my final day.

But, but, but… I kept thinking. True story of Greiten’s life.

The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL by Eric Greitens

I am going to remember this book for the rest of my life. A very worthwhile read. It worked very well for me. If you like books about public service – I recommend it! This is a book for anyone who is interested in the qualities of what it means to be amd U.


The Heart and the Fist: from Navy Seal to humanitarian – The National

But this book highlights the things that are good about it. For example, earlier international intervention in Rwanda, a country he also visited, cou I saw the author on the Colbert Report, and originally thought this would be a good book for the boys.

After the completion of his time as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, when it came time to decide between a position at Oxford, a lucrative consulting job in the private sector, or the challenge of becoming a Navy Seal, he chose the latter.

Want to Read saving…. A lot of times, though, many Americans — especially those in senior positions in government and the military — who have never spent a day working with people who suffercan be blinded by the bright shining light of their own hopes” [emphasis mine].

To the men and women who wear the uniform of the United States, give it as a gift from a man who chose to endure the toughest training in the U. I was awestruck by the amount of “phronesis” practical wisdomthat Dr.

On the one hand, “we have to have people who are thoughtful in the United States military,” Greitens said.

While we were spending summer on the beach, he was helping the people in this world with a tattered past and Too often a real man is defined by the baser elements of machismo. If it weren’t for Greitens the boy probably would have died from the preventable cause, like many others in the camp.

He goes on in the book to describes what that took, and how he served after training. The author is a pretty incredible guy – boxer, Duke grad, Rhodes Scholar, aid worker all over the world, Navy SEAL, founder of a nonprofit that asks wounded veterans to continue serving their community and country, rather than merely asking them to accept our thanks and charity.


It touches the part of me that has always believed that protecting the least of us is worth fighting for. The dialogue keeps the scenes from becoming overly dry, but often reads clunky and contrived. In the end he had the option to stay on at Oxford to teach, or to make a bundle of money working for a Fortune company. WTF happened with this guy?

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AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do any fellow human being let me do it now. Greitens reads himself as an innocent, American exceptionalism shining happily on his optimism, his idealism, those things his grace allowed him.

I have been fortunate to have read and written reviews on numerous books on the elite U. Now, more young people than ever are asking geart advice.

The Evolution of a Navy Seal. In fact, the first two parts of this book the author relates his experiences in Iraq, China, the life lessons he learned from his boxing coach, his travels in Bosnia, Rwanda, Bolivia and his Oxford university experiences.

Yet he chose the humanitarian path and then, later, to fight for our country. The second part of the book looks at his Navy Seal training and what he learnt during his time in service. 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.