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American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History Hardcover – Deckle Edge, 6 Jan 2012

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1 edition (6 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062082353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062082350
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (480 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 250,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“[My] favorite book of the year. Chris Kyle’s American Sniper is an amazingly detailed account of fighting in Iraq -- a humanizing, brave story that’s extremely readable.” (PATRICIA CORNWELL, New York Times Book Review)

“In the community of elite warriors, one man has risen above our ranks and distinguished himself as unique. Chris Kyle is that man. A master sniper, Chris has done and seen things that will be talked about for generations to come.” (MARCUS LUTTRELL, former USN SEAL, recipient of the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism under fire, #1 bestselling author of Lone Survivor)

“The raw and unforgettable narrative of the making of our country’s record-holding sniper, Chris Kyle’s memoir is a powerful book, both in terms of combat action and human drama. Chief Kyle is a true American warrior down to the bone, the Carlos Hathcock of a new generation.” (CHARLES W. SASSER, Green Beret (US Army Ret.) and author of One Shot, One Kill)

American Sniper is the inside story of what it’s like to be in war. A brave warrior and patriot, Chris Kyle writes frankly about the missions, personal challenges, and hard choices that are part of daily life of an elite SEAL Sniper. It’s a classic!” (RICHARD MARCINKO (USN, Ret.), First Commanding Officer of SEAL Team Six and #1 bestselling author of Rogue Warrior)

“Eloquent ... An aggressively written account of frontline combat, with plenty of action.” (KIRKUS REVIEWS)

“Reads like a first-person thriller narrated by a sniper. The bare-bones facts are stunning. .... A first-rate military memoir.” (BOOKLIST)

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He is the deadliest American sniper ever, called “the devil” by the enemies he hunted and “the legend” by his Navy SEAL brothers . . .

From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle earned legendary status among his fellow SEALs, Marines, and U.S. Army soldiers, whom he protected with deadly accuracy from rooftops and stealth positions. Gripping and unforgettable, Kyle's masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the great war memoirs of all time.

A native Texan who learned to shoot on childhood hunting trips with his father, Kyle was a champion saddle-bronc rider prior to joining the Navy. After 9/11, he was thrust onto the front lines of the War on Terror, and soon found his calling as a world-class sniper who performed best under fire. He recorded a personal-record 2,100-yard kill shot outside Baghdad; in Fallujah, Kyle braved heavy fire to rescue a group of Marines trapped on a street; in Ramadi, he stared down insurgents with his pistol in close combat. Kyle talks honestly about the pain of war—of twice being shot and experiencing the tragic deaths of two close friends.

American Sniper also honors Kyles fellow warriors, who raised hell on and off the battlefield. And in moving first-person accounts throughout, Kyles wife, Taya, speaks openly about the strains of war on their marriage and children, as well as on Chris.

Adrenaline-charged and deeply personal, American Sniper is a thrilling eyewitness account of war that only one man could tell.

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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful By John M. Ford TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Feb. 2012
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Chris Kyle served four tours of duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom, making 160 confirmed kills of enemy soldiers and insurgents. In this biography, Kyle begins by describing his early life, his decision to join the Navy, and the courtship of his wife, Taya. The narrative then alternates between Kyle's military experiences and his home life with Taya and their children.

Kyle's descriptions of training and camaraderie in his Navy SEAL unit are similar to those from other military biographies. The training is hard, the participants are tough, and the officers in the "head shed" have them do some stupid things. The deployment sections of the book describe battle with Iraqi insurgents and the tactics that do and don't work against them. Kyle gives names when praising heroic actions of his fellow soldiers and uses unflattering labels when describing those for whom he has less respect. Don't miss what he says about "Runaway." Kyle comes across as a true solder--capable, patriotic, loyal to his comrades, and ferocious to his enemies. The enemies include opponents in bar fights as well as the Iraqis. We remember more than once that soldiers are very young as well as very brave.

The domestic segments of the book are less exciting, but have a depth not found in the combat stories. Kyle has trouble transitioning to his stateside life. And his wife has trouble understanding the war he leaves behind--and feels he must return to. His personal code of loyalty to "God, country, family" in that order is only a little different from Taya's. Why can't he move his family up to second place? We watch them go through the same growth struggles that all couples experience along with the unique challenges imposed by wartime military service. There are some useful lessons here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Clay R. Haase on 7 Mar. 2015
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I admit that I first came to think about reading this book after watching the recently released film by Clint Eastwood and a great deal of mentions to it from a cousin. A bit of a shameful admission for me, as I take a great deal of pride in having read books before the story is released in other media. However, movie releases and recommendations by friends rarely ever make me actually read something – something about the thing itself must make it stand out to me. Particularly if it isn’t fiction and it falls into the realm of non-fiction. So, what made ‘American Sniper’ stand out to me aside from these two things?

Simple: it’s the reviews.

The first thing that made ‘American Sniper’ stand out from the many other autobiographies out there were the reviews posted and attached to it. Despite the fact that controversial books aren’t a rarity and that every publication carries its controversy, the fact that it felt like an impossible challenge to find a review centered on the book itself rather than on an individual’s personal opinion on Chris Kyle, the Iraq war, or the US government immediately meant that I’d have to read it.

Now, I rarely read autobiographies (out of the simple fact that usually the people I find myself interested in never got the chance to write an autobiography), and instead my shelves are filled with biographies on (usually) figures as controversial as possible. I like political theory and geopolitics, and non-fiction is still the genre which I read the most. To me, there is something inherently attractive about a topic or a figure which people simply can’t agree on; something which makes it automatically worth reading about.
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142 of 166 people found the following review helpful By acae on 22 May 2012
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Nobody expects ex-forces guys to be world-beating authors but even when taking that into consideration, you begin to ask yourself why at some point during the production of this drivel did someone not take him to one side and say "Chris, this isn't good, not good at all in fact. Tone it down a little."?

You could forgive the bland writing style, the corny see-through patriotism and the unengagingly cardboard dialogue, if only the author didn't come across as one of the world's most conceited men. Every single anecdote is a poorly veiled attempt to make him look super-great, whilst simultaneously trying to make everyone else look like a complete idiot. If you only believed half of what was said in this book, you'd be forgiven for thinking the US Navy SEALS are 99.9% incompetents and 0.01% Chris Kyle. And it's only that 0.01% that gives them their deserved reputation.

Just when you think it can't get any worse along comes the dialogue from his wife. I doubt she had much of a hand in writing any of it because they're in exactly the same vein as the rest of the book. It just reads as manufactured and wooden. I've read better porn scripts.

I'm not in the habit of ranting, but I'm having difficulty finding something good to say. The only reason I read the entire book was out of morbid curiosity. After reading it I tried to reason with myself. I began wondering if I had just read the tone of the book all wrong. Perhaps his writing style needed to be interpreted differently? So I typed his name into a search engine to get an idea of the man and came across a few Youtube links and articles of the author, and you know what .... he's exactly as I pictured him.

I can't imagine anybody finding this book to be an engaging read.
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