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The Warrior's Heart: Becoming a Man of Compassion and Courageby Eric Greitens
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Eric Greitens is a modern day American hero. As a humanitarian, he worked with aid workers who healed orphaned children in Rwanda and learned from nuns who fed the destitute in Mother Teresa's homes for the dying in India. As a warrior, he has excelled at the hardest military training in the world and teamed up with fellow SEALs to hunt al Qaeda terrorists in Iraq. In The Warrior's Heart, an adaptation of his bestselling memoir, The Heart and the Fist, Eric brings his adventures to life for young readers, sharing stories of friendship, struggle, and hard-earned wisdom. His exciting journey takes young readers across the world, from his boyhood home in Missouri, to a factory in China, to the refugee camps of Rwanda, and to the battlefield in Iraq. Through all his service, he shows that no matter our age, we can all make a difference. Along the way, Eric speaks directly to teens through intimate second-person narratives that put readers in his shoes. He asks readers to consider various scenarios: Would you give up your friends if you could be freed from a police station in China? Would you take in a hungry refuge child if it meant less food for you? How do you keep your team strong during the hardest week of SEAL Team Training? Young readers exercise their imagination and broaden their horizons. By considering the power of choices, and their own power to serve, teens will be inspired to live every day with courage and compassion.
Eric Greitens, theand#160;New York Times best-selling author of The Heart and the Fist, shares his adventures as a young man that led him to a life of service as both a humantarian and a Navy SEAL in this inspirational book for young adults.
"'La frontera'...I heard it for the first time back in the late 1940s when Papa and Mama told me and Roberto, my older brother, that someday we would take a long trip north, cross la frontera, enter California, and leave our poverty behind." So begins this honest and powerful account of a family's journey to the fields of California — to a life of constant moving, from strawberry fields to cotton fields, from tent cities to one-room shacks, from picking grapes to topping carrots and thinning lettuce. Seen through the eyes of a boy who longs for an education and the right to call one palce home, this is a story of survival, faith, and hope. It is a journey that will open readers' hearts and minds.
From the perspective of the young adult he was then, Francisco Jiménez describes the challenges he faced in his efforts to continue his education.
During his college years, the very family solidarity that allowed Francisco to survive as a child is tested. Not only must he leave his family behind when he goes to Santa Clara University, but while Francisco is there, his father abandons the family and returns to Mexico. This is the story of how Francisco coped with poverty, with his guilt over leaving his family financially strapped, with his self-doubt about succeeding academically, and with separation. Once again his telling is honest, true, and inspiring.
In an inspiring memoir from one of the world's most elite warriors, Eric Greitens recounts in remarkable detail his time as a Navy SEAL—from the most harrowing encounters and brutal attacks, to the lessons learned from his humanitarian efforts.
THE HEART AND THE FIST shares one mans story of extraordinary leadership and service as both a humanitarian and a warrior. 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.
As a Rhodes Scholar and Navy SEAL, Greitens worked alongside volunteers who taught art to street children in Bolivia and led US Marines who hunted terrorists in Iraq. Hes learned from nuns who fed the destitute in one of Mother Teresas homes for the dying in India, from aid workers who healed orphaned children in Rwanda, and from Navy SEALs who fought in Afghanistan. He excelled at the hardest military training in the world, and today he works with severely wounded and disabled veterans who are rebuilding their lives as community leaders at home.
Greitens offers each of us a new way of thinking about living a meaningful life. We learn that to win any war, even those we wage against ourselves; to create and obtain lasting peace; to save a life; and even, simply to live with purpose requires us—every one of us—to be both good and strong.
At the age of fourteen, Francisco Jiménez, together with his older brother Roberto and his mother, are caught by la migra. Forced to leave their home in California, the entire family travels all night for twenty hours by bus, arriving at the U.S. and Mexican border in Nogales, Arizona. In the months and years that follow during the late 1950s-early 1960s, Francisco, his mother and father, and his seven brothers and sister not only struggle to keep their family together, but also face crushing poverty, long hours of labor, and blatant prejudice. How they sustain their hope, their good-heartedness, and tenacity is revealed in this moving, Pura Belpré Honor-winning sequel to The Circuit. Without bitterness or sentimentality, Francisco Jiménez finishes telling the story of his youth.
About the Author
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 Heartandnbsp;and the Fist.
Table of Contents
I: MIND AND FIST
1. IRAQ 3
2. CHINA 12
3. BOXING 27
II: HEART AND MIND
4. BOSNIA 47
5. RWANDA 65
6. BOLIVIA 87
7. OXFORD 107
III: HEART AND FIST
8. OFFICER CANDIDATE SCHOOL 131
9. SEAL TRAINING 144
10. HELL WEEK 164
11. ADVANCED COMBAT TRAINING 204
12. AFGHANISTAN 213
13. SOUTHEAST ASIA 234
14. KENYA 255
15. IRAQ 270
EPILOGUE: THE MISSION CONTINUES 285
Authors Note and Acknowledgments 299
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