The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, The Making of a Navy SEAL
Eric Greitens. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011. 320 pp. Pref. Illus. Notes. $27.
Reviewed by Captain John Burnham, U.S. Navy
The Heart and the Fist is a serious book, but it is neither an autobiography nor a definitive account of the past decade of special operations. It is, rather, a story of personal development as seen through two seemingly divergent but (in the hands of author and former SEAL Eric Greitens) related lenses—the harsh military environment of naval special warfare and the inspiring but often gut-wrenching world of assistance to those in need. He wisely and ably keeps his focus on these two categories, weaving in the relevant history and philosophical references along the way.