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

Eric Greitens is the Author of The Heart and The Fist