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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2012

    The Heart and the Fist walks through Erik Greitens life as he fi

    The Heart and the Fist walks through Erik Greitens life as he finds and successfully lives a life of purpose and meaning. As a sophomore in college Greitens decides to study abroad. He realizes how fortunate his life in America compared to his fellow students in China. His time in China inspires him to go on a series of volunteer trips to refugee camps and orphanages. His interactions with suffering individuals lead him to the military where he strives to do more than donate his company and temporary help.
    Thank goodness I was forced to read this. Had it not been for a grade weighing on this novel or my word to a dear friend that I’d complete it, my book marker wouldn’t have budged past the middle of page eight. But by the end of chapter one my obligated read had become more than tolerable. It was clear that Eric Greitens is not your typical astound novelist; his story was not romanticized with riddling metaphors to draw a description, he merely spoke his story in a voice that brought a much needed humanization. With such impressionable images of the outside world and heroic acts on behalf of Greitens and his fellow men, Greitens’ “I’m-just-stating-how-it-was” voice allows his experiences and self to be relatable and understood on a personal level. Greitens struggled with living in a world where heroes are more or less well paid for personalities and talents, and that the pursuit of happiness ends in a life of economical success. His accomplished quest for a purposeful life shows how one is able to push past the areas where there are mainly good intentions and fluff being pumped through veins and redirect ones’ ambitions into areas where freedom is a privilege not yet obtained. Greitens illustrates that in under privileged lives charitable donations and volunteered time, although very much appreciated and helps each life tremendously, does not stop the violence, the corruption, the poverty; band-aiding and cleaning a wound does not stop more lacerations from occurring. It is this revelation Greitens comes to know and act upon that makes him such an exceptional inspiration. The novel exemplifies that peace does not mean the absence of war and happiness does not mean the absence of suffering and Erik Greitens is one grand guy.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2012

    The Heart and the Fist is a informative well written book, by Er

    The Heart and the Fist is a informative well written book, by Eric Greitens. The author is telling stories about himself and his life as a soldier and a civilian. Each chapter is a different journey into another time in his life or another country he visited and helped out in. the book is easy to read and hard to put down, I would recommend this to anyone who is in search for an easy read and some important life lessons. There is a lot to be liked about this book, it is written in a way that puts the reader in the situation that Eric was in. Also I like that there is a lot of lessons that Eric learns from his journeys and the reader can learn from them.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 4, 2015

    This is a really good story. His experiences outside the milita

    This is a really good story. His experiences outside the military make him the perfect warrior.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

    Very different view from most similar topic books.

    Book has an interesting mixture of information ranging from humanitarian aid provided by non government entities to special ops forces serving small third world countries that are strategically important to strengthen the allies relationship and promote world peace and communication. Sometimes the drastic changes in topic made it difficult to follow the authors thought process or the specific point of a section or chapter in the book. I recommend this book to read. It provides different points of view and experiences in many different location.

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