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Man’s Search For Meaning

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By Viktor E. Frankl

Man’s Search for Meaning

Viktor Frankl was a world renowned phycologist and holocaust survivor.  He witnessed first hand the professional and personal evil’s that man is capable of.  Through it all however, Frankl managed to survive and test his theories in the death camps of Nazi Germany.  Frankl, the father of Logotherapy, asks the question “what is the meaning of life?”  His hypothesis is that that the meaning of life is not some abstract idea, but a very personal and ever changing meaning for us all.

You can view this book’s Amazon detail page here.

Written by Chris

August 9th, 2012 at 11:45 pm

The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL

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Book Review of The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL

By Eric Greitens

The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL

Rating: 10

A must read, especially if you are starting your life or trying to figure out what your next steps are. This book demonstrates leadership and service beyond yourself through the experiences of Eric Greitens; a young humanitarian, turned Rhodes Scholar, turned US Navy SEAL. One of the best books I have read!

From the publisher:

“Meet my hero—Eric Greitens. His life and this book remind us that America remains the land of the brave and generous.” — Tom Brokaw

Like many young idealists, Eric Greitens wanted to make a difference, so he traveled to the world’s trouble spots to work in refugee camps and serve the sick and the poor. Yet when innocent civilians were threatened with harm, there was nothing he could do but step in afterward and try to ease the suffering. In studying humanitarianism, he realized a fundamental truth: when an army invades, the weak need protection. So he joined the Navy SEALs and became one of the world’s elite warriors.

Greitens led his men through the unforgettable soul-testing of SEAL training and went on to deployments in Kenya, Afghanistan, and Iraq, where he faced harrowing encounters and brutal attacks. Yet even in the deadliest combat situations, the lessons of his humanitarian work bore fruit. At the heart of this powerful story lies a paradox: sometimes you have to be strong to do good, but you also have to do good to be strong. The heart and the fist together are more powerful than either one alone.

“If you’re restless or itching for some calling you can’t name, read this book. Give it to your son and daughter. The Heart and the Fist epitomizes — as does Mr. Greitens’s life, present and future — all that is best in this country, and what we need desperately right now.” — Steven Pressfield, author of Gates of Fire

“Vivid and compelling . . . a great read.” — Washington Times

A Hudson Booksellers Top Ten Nonfiction Book of the Year

You can view this book’s Amazon detail page here.

Written by Chris

July 30th, 2012 at 10:33 pm

Book Review: Freedom’s Forge: How American Business Produced Victory in World War II

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You may have heard it said, “leaders are readers”.  Reading really exercises the brain, and I strongly encourage you take up the habit.  As part of my blog, I will start writing reviews about books I have read in hopes of encouraging you to either read more or take up the habit.

By Arthur Herman

Rating: 10

A fantastic account of the military build up prior and during World War II. If you are history buff, this is a most read. The book offers a fantastic telling of the history of the war buildup as it happened and not give a New Deal revisionist account. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and highly recommend it as a Dude summer read.

 

Written by Chris

July 27th, 2012 at 4:22 pm