Strength and Compassion by Eric Greitens

Strength and Compassion Book CoverStrength and Compassion brings together the best of Eric Greitens‘ award-winning international humanitarian photography work with a striking series of essays. Engaging photographs from Rwanda, Cambodia, Albania, Mexico, India, the Gaza Strip, Croatia, and Bolivia, are combined with bold, intelligent essays on strength, pity, dignity, courage, faith, time, hope, and compassion.

Though the photographs for this book were taken in different countries and amid different struggles, a common theme emerges: even in times of great hardship and in the face of great evil, people with strength and compassion can live with courage. We see the unmistakable, sometimes irreparable consequences of violence and war, yet we also see the unmistakable, always inspiring power of men, women, and children who live through these trials with dignity and emerge with hope.

Ideas and images come together to touch the reader directly. Holocaust survivor Nesse Godin says of Strength and Compassion, “Eric Greitens’ photographs and essays help us all to see that, even in the most difficult circumstances, we can act with kindness. We can make a difference…I love Eric’s book because it helps us to remember, but more importantly, it teaches us how to act.”

Greitens has worked with and photographed some of the world’s most vulnerable populations in situations of great suffering, yet his images and essays stand as a tribute to the dignity and strength of human beings.

Reviews from Amazon

Wow! Having heard the author speak long before this book was published, I’m not surprised at the results captured in this wonderful text whose title summarizes the essence of the words and photos perfectly. The title also distills, but oversimplifies, what Eric Greitens is about as a person. Like the best of anything, in this case a book, Strength & Compassion is a representation of the inner soul of its creator. While I have bought the book for a number of friends as gifts, many others have picked it up at my house and parted with their own hard-earned dollars to buy it for themselves AND others. That’s powerful! By Buddy Reisinger on December 18, 2008


In our daily activities, we tend to focus our attention on trivialities. We lose perspective of what is truly important and fail to realize how our actions can affect others. This book provides the reader a window to the human spirit by showing how people can overcome insurmountable odds with “Strength and Compassion”. By L. Keet on December 10, 2008

Strength & Compassion: Photographs and Essays

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The Warrior’s Heart by Eric Greitens

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In this adaptation of his best-selling book, The Heart and the Fist, Eric speaks directly to teen readers, interweaving memoir and intimate second-person narratives that ask the reader to put themselves in the shoes of himself and others. Readers will share in Eric’s evolution from average kid to globe-traveling humanitarian to warrior, training and serving with the most elite military outfit in the world: the Navy SEALs. Along the way, they’ll be asked to consider the power of choices, of making the decision each and every day to act with courage and compassion so that they grow to be tomorrow’s heroes. Sure to inspire and motivate

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This book reads like a primer on how to “grow up” and do something significant no matter how big or small the “what gets done” is. Mr Greitens has done well in describing the multitude of problems which need work and provides sources to be involved. He put his life on the line, no small feat. In the end, we are all brothers and sisters – we need each other and this book shows how first steps can be taken whether as a SEAL or as a volunteer to put our lives on the line for others. Great read.   


I’ve read Eric Greitens‘ incredible life story in The Heart and the Fist: the Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL; a compelling autobiography by a young man who has successfully fused two of life’s paths which most consider diametrically opposed — humanitarianism and force.

Now, in The Warrior’s Heart, he retells this story with a new focus aimed at teen readers. Here, he shares more of the emotions he felt, he shows us more about his family, and he consistently asks the reader What Would You Do? after he presents the tough choices he’s made along the way. One of my favorite by-products from the book is how it leaves teen readers with the awareness that they aren’t limited to just being one way or just doing one thing with their lives.

Two great available extras are the Teacher’s Guide for classroom use and the Mission Planning Guide to help the reader start planning his/her own life’s adventure of doing for others. As a professional Young Adult Librarian, I’d recommend this book for classroom discussions and book groups in addition to individual readers. I think teachers (and their students) will love this book. By Audrey Susan Jacobs on October 14, 2012

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Author Eric Greitens Bio

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Eric Greitens was born and raised in Missouri, where he was educated in public schools. He was an Angier B. Duke Scholar at Duke University, where he studied ethics, philosophy, and public policy. Selected as a Rhodes and a Truman Scholar, he attended the University of Oxford where he earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. His doctoral thesis, Children First, investigated how international humanitarian organizations can best serve war-affected children. He has worked as a humanitarian volunteer, documentary photographer, and researcher in Rwanda, Cambodia, Albania, Mexico, India, Bosnia, and Bolivia.

Eric also served as a United States Navy SEAL officer and deployed four times during the Global War on Terrorism to Afghanistan, Southeast Asia, the Horn of Africa, and Iraq. He served as the Commander of a Mark V Special Operations Craft Detachment, Commander of a Joint Special Operations Task Unit, and Commander of an al Qaeda Targeting Cell. In 2005, he was appointed by the President to serve as a White House Fellow, and in 2011 the Association of the United States Navy named him the Navy Reserve Junior Line Officer of the Year. His military awards include the Combat Action Ribbon, the Purple Heart, and the Bronze Star.

After returning from Iraq, Eric donated his combat pay to found The Mission Continues, a national nonprofit organization that challenges veterans to serve in communities across America. As CEO, Eric has been recognized as one of the most effective leaders in America. In 2013, TIME magazine named Eric to their list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and most recently Fortune magazine recognized him as one of the 50 greatest leaders in the world.

A photographer and writer, Eric is the author of three books. His first book, Strength & Compassion, was recognized as ForeWord Magazine’s Photography Book of the Year, and was the Grand Prize Winner of the New York Book Festival. Eric’s second book, The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL, was a New York Times Bestseller. His latest book, The Warrior’s Heart, was recognized as one of the Best Teen Books of 2012 by Barnes & Noble and Kirkus Reviews.

Eric teaches as a Senior Fellow at the Truman School of Public Affairs. His work has been covered by national media outlets including NPR, CNN, Fox, CBS, The Colbert Report, the TODAY Show, The Daily Show, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.

Eric is a sub-3 hour marathon runner and the winner of the Shamrock Marathon at Camp Fallujah, Iraq. As a boxer, he won two Oxford Boxing Blues and the Gold Medal at the BUSA National Boxing Championships. He holds a Black Belt in Taekwondo. Eric currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri with his wife, Sheena.

Erics Books include:

The Heart and The Fist By Eric Greitens

Strength and Compassion By Eric Greitens

Warriors Heart By Eric Greitens

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