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The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy Sealby Eric Greitens
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and#8220;Meet my heroand#8212;Eric Greitens. His life and this book remind us that America remains the land of the brave and generous.and#8221; and#8212; Tom Brokaw
Like many young idealists, Eric Greitens wanted to make a difference, so he traveled to the worldand#8217;s trouble spots to work in refugee camps and serve the sick and the poor. Yet when innocent civilians were threatened with harm, there was nothing he could do but step in afterward and try to ease the suffering. In studying humanitarianism, he realized a fundamental truth: when an army invades, the weak need protection. So he joined the Navy SEALs and became one of the worldand#8217;s elite warriors.
Greitens led his men through the unforgettable soul-testing of SEAL training and went on to deployments in Kenya, Afghanistan, and Iraq, where he faced harrowing encounters and brutal attacks. Yet even in the deadliest combat situations, the lessons of his humanitarian work bore fruit. At the heart of this powerful story lies a paradox: sometimes you have to be strong to do good, but you also have to do good to be strong. The heart and the fist together are more powerful than either one alone.
and#8220;If you're restless or itching for some calling you can't name, read this book. Give it to your son and daughter. The Heart and the Fist epitomizes and#8212; as does Mr. Greitens's life, present and future and#8212; all that is best in this country, and what we need desperately right now.and#8221; and#8212; Steven Pressfield, author of Gates of Fire
and#8220;Vivid and compelling . . . a great read.and#8221; and#8212; Washington Times
A Hudson Booksellers Top Ten Nonfiction Book of the Year
A USA Today and Publishers Weekly Bestseller
WITH A NEW AFTERWORD
In an inspiring memoir from one of the world's most elite warriors, Eric Greitens recounts in remarkable detail his time as a Navy SEALand#8212;from the most harrowing encounters and brutal attacks, to the lessons learned from his humanitarian efforts.
If the Marines are and#147;the few, the proud,and#8221; Recon Marines are the fewest and the proudest. Nathaniel Fickand#8217;s career begins with a hellish summer at Quantico, after his junior year at Dartmouth. He leads a platoon in Afghanistan just after 9/11 and advances to the pinnacleand#151;Reconand#151; two years later, on the eve of war with Iraq. His vast skill set puts him in front of the front lines, leading twenty-two Marines into the deadliest conflict since Vietnam. He vows to bring all his men home safely, and to do so heand#8217;ll need more than his top-flight education. Fick unveils the process that makes Marine officers such legendary leaders and shares his hard-won insights into the differences between military ideals and military practice, which can mock those ideals.
In this deeply thoughtful account of what itand#8217;s like to fight on todayand#8217;s front lines, Fick reveals the crushing pressure on young leaders in combat. Split-second decisions might have national consequences or horrible immediate repercussions, but hesitation isnand#8217;t an option. One Bullet Away never shrinks from blunt truths, but ultimately it is an inspiring account of mastering the art of war.
Available for the first time in an edition for young adults, Antoine de Saint-Exupand#233;ry's classic story, The Little Prince, beloved by readers of all ages, comes to life in a format perfect for teen readers.
"Iand#8217;m glad I was asked to be the ambassador for this book. I suspect you may find that something of the starry magic of this story stays with you, as it has with me." and#8212; Gregory Maguire
"A lovely storyand#8230;which covers a poetic, yearning philosophyand#8212;not the sort of fable that can be tacked down neatly at its four corners but rather reflections on what are real matters of consequence." and#8212; New York Times Book Review
At first glance, Antoine de Saint-Exupand#233;ryand#8217;s 1943 classic The Little Princeand#8212;with its winsome illustrations of a boy prince and his tiny planetand#8212;appears to be a childrenand#8217;s fairy tale. It doesnand#8217;t take long, however, to discover that it speaks to readers of all ages. This pocket-sized edition, perfect for teens, features Saint-Exupand#233;ryand#8217;s original full-color illustrations and the unabridged text, a readerand#8217;s guide, and a introduction by Gregory Maguire. Rediscoverand#8212;or shareand#8212;the magic!
This title has been selected as a Common Core Text Exemplar (Grades 4-5, Stories).
About the Author
After receiving a Ph.D. as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, Eric Greitens joined the Navy SEALs in 2001. He deployed four times during the Global War on Terrorism, and received numerous military awards including the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. He is the founder and CEO of The Mission Continues, Americas leading organization for helping wounded and disabled warriors serve their country as citizen leaders here at home.
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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