Saturday, December 17, 2011

Review ~ The Heart and the Fist

Hello Everyone,
How is life going on? Enjoying the weekend? Planned a lot? Hope it all goes well. I have been reading a little of late and here is a review of the book I was going trough:

The Heart and the Fist
The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL by Eric Greitens

      After the disastrous reading of SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper which had no action, no intensity of what a book on SEALS must have, I was left searching for a good book on SEALS.

    I picked up the Heart and the Fist as it sounded a little weird to be a book on SEALS. As soon as I started going through the book Heart and Fist by Eric Greitens, I was damn sure I wouldn't put down the book until I am done with it. I thought I was reading the wrong book more than once because the first part was all about Humanitarian aid and life of people who faced choas.

    What is striking is not just the work done by author in his tours in Bosnia Rwanda Boliva. But the way in which he inferred why he is working, the way in which he explains what has to be done, the way he shows that people in relief camps have to go back to thier normal life. The determination with which he keeps on going to help people, the conviction he has to bring a smile on someone's face are all inspiring.

    Eric Greitens speaks and his words do appeal to the human heart about the kids in Boliva homes, in war trodden zones of Rwanda and Bosnia. The authors approach to stories of faith and struggles of people is awesome.

    When the second part of the book, explianing why author choose to join the armed forces of USA begins, you are ready for an action packed book on Navy Officers and then on SEALS. The training phase, the HELL week, the stress and pressure on everyone during training are all covered well. All the time speaking from heart, speaking about courage, pain, endurance, training, grit and sweat. I loved the chapter on HELL week and the calm and coolness with which it is described.

    The diplomatic struggles the author had, the challenges he faced as Officer, the way he needed to find out solutions to problems caused due to paper work / tradition and all such do make you wish you get into the ARMY soon.

Bottom Line:
     I do recommend this book for anyone who wants a new approach to life, who wants to read a little about SEALS and the army

Know any similar books? Kindly do recommend them. Consider buying me a beer or two using the donate option above.

with warm regards
Abhishek Boinapalli


senses of soul said...

greeting from Malaysia =)

Abhishek said...
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Manasa Edward said...

I couldn't actually complete the book!!

Read the first few chapters!! The work Eric does for humanitarian reasons are awesome!!

The way he describes life at oxford is good too!! I love oxford!!

Tom The Sailor said...

@Manasa Edward,

I am done with the book .. You must try to finish the same!!! The chapters about SEAL training are awesome!!

You would be surprised about the level of awesomeness shown by author during training!!

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