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The Heart and the Fist (Hardcover) (Eric Greitens)

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Telling the extraordinary exploits of its author's career as a Navy SEAL, Rhodes Scholar, and humanitarian aid worker, THE HEART AND THE FIST offers lessons on how battles can be defined as broadly and as narrowly as any individual's will allows. Eric Greitens's journey through international slums and regions riven by the War on Terror shows him that his visions of providing goodwill and protecting the needy carry simultaneous burdens of compassion and resolve. His example demonstrates that neither hardened soldiers nor bleeding-heart activists must limit their lives to a single dimension.

How best to save the world—as saint, soldier, or . . . both?

Like many young idealists, Eric Greitens wanted to make a difference. Throughout college and after, 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 Theresa'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 he joined the Navy SEALs, and became one of the world's most elite warriors. In a moving and inspiring, and yet also humble memoir, 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.

Genre: Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: Military
Format: Hardcover
Author: Eric Greitens
Language: English
Street Date: June 1, 2017
TCIN: 13306143
UPC: 9780547424859
Item Number (DPCI): 059-01-0008
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