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

Version: Unabridged
Author: Eric Greitens
Narrator: Eric Greitens
Genres: Biography & Memoir
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Published In: April 2011
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 11 hours, 30 minutes
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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.

Reviews (3)


Written by Joseph B. on November 15th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 4/5

A great book for formation, containing many lessons from a very admirable man. Thank you Mr Greitens.


Written by Javier S. on October 15th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

One of the best books I've listened to. Made me think about my purpose in life and how I can help others.

Written by Ryan S on May 7th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Very very enjoyable listen .. the mans a god damn road scholar ffs!!!

Author Details

Author Details

Greitens, Eric

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 Heartand the Fist.