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

Review from Amazon

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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Eric Greitens is the Author of The Heart and The Fist