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The Warrior's Heart (Common Text 2014-2015): Eric Greitens

The Daily Show

"The Mission Continues" founder and CEO Eric Greitens sells his plan to help returning veterans transition into civilian service and leadership roles. 

The Colbert Report

Eric Greitens chats with Stephen Colbert on "The Colbert Report."

Brief Biography

"Eric Greitens was born and raised in Missouri, where he was educated in the public schools. Selected as a Rhodes and a Truman Scholar, he attended the University of Oxford from 1996 through 2000. 

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.

A photographer and writer, Eric is the author of three books. Strength & Compassion is a collection of photographs and essays that was recognized as ForeWord Magazine’s Photography Book of the Year, and as the Grand Prize Winner of the 2009 New York Book Festival. His second book, The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL, relates Eric’s story of leadership and service as a humanitarian and a warrior, and is a New York Times Bestseller. Eric’s newest book, The Warrior’s Heart, was released in October and was recognized as one of the Best Teen Books of 2012 by Barnes & Noble and Kirkus Reviews" (from the author's website).

"The Warrior's Heart"

Front Cover

"As a humanitarian, he helped aid workers heal orphaned children in Rwanda and lived in camps alongside Bosnian refugees. As a warrior, he excelled at the hardest military training in the world and teamed up with fellow SEALs to hunt al Qaeda terrorists in Iraq. In this adaptation of his memoir, The Heart And The Fist, Eric Greitens brings his adventures to life, sharing stories of friendship, struggle, and hard-earned wisdom. His exciting journey takes readers across the world, from his boyhood home in Missouri, to a factory in China, to the refugee camps of Rwanda, to the battlefield in Iraq. Through his service, he shows how we can all make a difference. Along the way, Eric speaks directly to teens through narratives that allow readers to exercise their imagination and broaden their horizons" (From the publisher's description).