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Greitens’ award-winning book of photographs and essays, Strength and Compassion, grew from his humanitarian work as a volunteer, documentary photographer and researcher in Albania, Bolivia, Cambodia, Croatia, the Gaza Strip, India, Mexico and Rwanda. The book was honored as ForeWord Magazine’s Photography Book of the Year and as the Grand Prize Winner in the 2009 New York Book Festival. In May 2011, Greitens’ second book, The Heart & the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL, became a New York Times best seller.

Strength and Compassion is a collection of photographs and essays by Greitens

NEW YORK (June 1, 2009) _ The 2009 New York Book Festival has chosen Eric Greitens' “Strength and Compassion: Photographs and Essays,” as the grand prize winner of its annual competition honoring books that deserve greater recognition in the world' s publishing capital.

Greitens' book offers photos and commentary on the human side of suffering in Rwanda, Cambodia, Albania, Mexico and other areas. Though the photographs were taken in different countries amid different struggles, a common theme emerges: even in times of great hardship and in the face of great evil, people with strength and compassion can live with courage.

The book' s message of hope in a troubled world won unanimous praise from the judges and was awarded the competition' s top prize of $1500. Greteins, along with other competition winners, will be honored in an awards ceremony on June 5 in Manhattan in a ceremony at the Algonquin Hotel.

Other winners in the competition:

Winner: Work The System – Sam Carpenter


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