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Heart for the Fight: A Marine Hero's Journey from the Battlefields of Iraq to Mixed Martial Arts Champion Hardcover – September 6, 2010
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“Respect is a quality that is earned over time. Respect is given those who put others in front of themselves, to people who do tasks that others would shy away from, and to those who work tirelessly in order to provide for themselves and their family. After reading his book, Heart for the Fight, the only word that will come to your mind about Brian Stann is respect. This is an autobiography about a man who has been through and seen so much more than the average American citizen…When you finish reading this book, it becomes evident that ‘All-American’ is not just his MMA nickname, it's exactly what he is.” - Bleacher Report, September 7, 2010
Brian Stann knows a thing or two about fighting—he’s been doing it the last 29 years. From fighting off gangs as a kid to serving as a Marine Officer in the Middle East to stepping into the Octagon, Stann has chewed some steel. His new book, Heart for the Fight, documents his trials and tribulations.
Reason to Read: Stann is a badass. There’s just no other way to describe him. If he never wins another fight in the Octagon, he’ll still be a badass. The man led his troops through two intense combat tours and received a Silver Star for gallantry. Now, he fights for the UFC and works as Executive Director of HireHeroes
About the Author
Brian Stann served two tours in combat during Operation Iraqi Freedom III and IV. As a Marine platoon leader during Operation Matador, he received the Silver Star for valor after his unit encountered vastly superior enemy forces. Brian is a 2003
John R. Bruning has been a professional military historian and writer since 1990. He is the author of Crimson Sky: The Air
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Reading this book was a page-turner in every sense of the word(s), and will surely give readers a whole new respect for our combatants, elite MMA athletes, and most certainly the man himself, Brian Stann. There are numerous unofficial books recommended by units within the Marine Corps, and I think this should be a new addition to the club for EVERY Marine or civilian. It will unquestionably inspire everyone who reads it, and it would be a shame if Hollywood didn't turn this into a feature-length movie. You want a real All-American story with all the grit and grime that comes from fighting your whole life, finished off with that great American dream? This is it.
I have been a fan of Stann's since his days in the WEC, and appreciate him in his new role as a UFC commentator as well.
The book covers his own introduction to violence in a rough school district, the perseverance of a non-starter on the Naval Academy's football team, surviving an allegation of sexual assault, combat service in Iraq as a rookie Marine officer, and his spare-time MMA training and early WEC fights. Chapters alternate between his biography and his fights.
The writing is crisp and clean, and communicates Stann's desire to use the microphone afforded pro fighters to publicize the service and sacrifices of the men in the platoon he commanded, and of his Naval Academy classmates.
I enjoyed the book and gained new respect for Stann for having read it. It will be interesting to see if Stann proves to be one of the last of the generation of part-time fighters who competed at the elite level of MMA, since the sport is developing so quickly now.
Someone strong and brave yet humble enough to be teachable growing into a respected leader
I love the beginning of Saving Private Ryan where the old veteran crystal and hopes he's lived a life worthy of the sacrifice of the men who saved him - just one step up from that I hope I live a life worthy of Jess Christmas who sacrificed his life to save me.
God bless you Brian
He's cut from a different cloth and you can understand it through the book. To be honest I think he should really pursue politics ala. John McCain.
As an American and Veteran he's an incredible asset to our country.