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Resilience Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life:Amedama

Eric Greitens
Eric Greitens Published in October 18, 2018, 2:31 pm
 Resilience Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life:Amedama

Resilience Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life:Amedama


Rod Reply to on 22 October 2017
S.P. Reply to on 29 March 2017
Probably the most worthwhile book I've read in a while. Definite food for thought.
Amazon Customer
Amazon Customer Reply to on 14 March 2018
An excellent look at the human condition from multiple intelligent perspectives. Honest and thoughtful. What more can you ask for?
Ian Hendricks
Ian Hendricks Reply to on 11 September 2017
Great book That emphasis that life is hard but we can find nobility and strength by persevering.
Amazon Customer
Amazon Customer Reply to on 26 April 2017
Good but a bit condescending
Ben Reply to on 30 June 2015
I really enjoyed this book. The format is very interesting - written as a series of letters between friends. The author uses a variety of examples from his own experiences and from history to cover a wide variety of components that form resilience. Each chapter is thought provoking and I found myself spending more time on each chapter to contemplate what was written. Highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the topic of resilience or trying to improve themselves.
Alex Reply to on 29 May 2016
Most probably the best Self Help since Epictetus, if you want to truly help yourself and not just talk about it, buy this book.
George Reply to on 26 May 2016
Good lessons. Recommended!
IzzyD Reply to on 30 January 2017
I had high hopes after reading the description on the website and some of the raving reviews but was totally disappointed with it. How on earth was this a New York bestseller God only knows. And how is this supposed to explain resilience or be used as a self help book I honestly don't know. There are endless (and irrelevant) quotations from famous people and boring narrative which is supposed to be the letters between the author and his old SEAL buddy. But it has no relevance to anything that Joe Bloggs might be experiencing in their daily life. Totally useless. Amazon should have preview pages on such books so that people can decide whether the book is going to serve the purpose before buying it and parting with the money.
AverageGuy Reply to on 20 March 2016
If you like theatrical stories buy the book. If you want practical life tips and advice - do not buy this book. I give this 2 Stars because the marketing is incoherent. He states it is a book written to a veteran suffering from PTSD, and how he provided him practical advice to overcome his PTSD.

To ones dismay however - his books read like an interviewer or voter asking the questions "Why should you run for public office", "What does resilience mean to you", "Give me examples of your international experiences". This makes for a very boring read for someone looking for practical life advice. --- Very Incoherent ramblings from a future Politician.

Chapter 1 - Chapter 3 - Quoting famous intellectuals. Answering questions with questions:
•"Resilience is distinct from mere survival, and more than endurance. Resilience is often endurance with directon. Where are you headed. Why are you going there" [Pg 25]
•"Resilience is a virtue. What is a virtue?" [Pg 27] .
•Greitens fills the gap between these questions with bizarre statements such as "I read Hemingway in high school", quotes from Einstein, the Newtonian definition of resilience and incoherent ramblings about the "Trojan War". Overall this leaves one confused.

Chapter 4 - Chapter 8 – Self-Promotion, and name dropping
•"I begin with humility, I act with humility, I end with humility......That's my humility mantra" [P33]
•"You know that I worked briefly for one of Mothers Teresa homes for the dying and destitute in India. I also had the chance to see her briefly...before she died”… “I ran my first marathon when I was sixteen [Pg 62]”...This continues.
• Here is a list of the names he drops for no apparent reason in these Chapters: “Winston Churchill, St. Ignatius, T.S Eliot, Victor Hugo, Zen Proverbs, Aristotle, the Greeks, Socrates, Bismark, Salvador Dali”. For someone talking about humility this is amusing. Greitens even name drops The 300 Spartans on Pg 98.

Chapter 9 - Chapter 13– Same formula followed as the above.
• He lets the reader know he also enjoys art: “Check out the painting called The Veteran in a new Field painted in 1865 by Homer” [Pg 126]......”The painting Dempsey and Firpo hangs above my desk” [Pg 173]
• More name-dropping about himself taking stories from his other books word for word: ”When I was boxing at Oxford...[Pg 149]”..."My tae kon do instructor once told us..." [Pg 220], "Walker I've already mentioned that I worked in Rwanda in 1995 shortly after the genocide there".
• Overall again more name dropping. if you watch his interviews he literally answers questions word for word with the same lines he uses in his books.

Save yourself time, money. And disappointment. I will be donating my newly purchased Greitens book collection to a charity shop.
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