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American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History [Mass Market Paperback]

Chris Kyle , Scott McEwen , Jim DeFelice
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29 Jan 2013

Gripping, eye-opening, and powerful, American Sniper is the astonishing autobiography of SEAL Chief Chris Kyle, who is the record-holding sniper in U.S. military history. Kyle has more than 150 officially confirmed kills (the previous American record was 109), though his remarkable career total has not been made public by the Pentagon.

In this New York Times bestselling memoir, Kyle shares the true story of his extraordinary decade-long career, including his multiple combat tours in Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom) and elsewhere from 1999-2009.

Kyle’s riveting first-person account of how he went from Texas rodeo cowboy to expert marksman and feared assassin offers a fascinating view of modern-day warfare and one of the most in-depth and illuminating looks into the secret world of Special Ops ever written.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (29 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062238868
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062238863
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 10.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,350 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)

From the Back Cover

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 Kyle's kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared him so much they placed a bounty on his head. Kyle earned legendary status among his fellow U.S. warriors, 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.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Long Shot 19 Feb 2012
By John M. Ford TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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78 of 86 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly unenjoyable. Do not waste your time. 22 May 2012
By acae
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars totally disappointing 14 Feb 2013
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The writing style is hopeless, completely missing all the technical detail which most readers (mainly men?) would find interesting. Most encounters are described as " I saw an insurgent and took him down..." Yeah, very interesting. It's a shame - he was obviously a good soldier, and made a fantastic contribution to the war effort, but he really should have used a ghost writer. He's left a very unfortunate legacy. A very boring book which I had to abandon half way through.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not waste your money 28 Feb 2012
This book is poorly written. This guy is full of himself everyone is an idiot except him. I had to force myself to finish this book even though this guy was clearly just trying to get money and did not care about the quality of the story. Purchase sniper one a much more exciting read and better written. I hope the author did not make too much money off the initial hype. What a load of garbage
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written 22 Jan 2012
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Unfortunately Chris Kyle's story and achievements are undone by this poorly written book. The complete lack of detail and basic story telling skills, especially during the firefights and sniper kills ruin the book. It's like reading a 13 year olds account of a game of Call of Duty. I completed the book with little empathy of Chris or a better insight of what its really like to be a SEAL sniper.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear... 4 Feb 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Interestingly, on Amazon in the US this book gets 4/5 status but fairs rather worse her the UK!

So strip out the over the top American patriotism about this guy being a legend, a true American hero etc, etc and what does the book really read like?

Well it's utter rubbish (I edited this sentence, my first description was an 18 certificate)

I can't add much that the reviews below catch so succinctly. All I can add is that it's significantly worse than Mark Owen's `No Easy Day' which left me wondering do we really want the US Army in the same theatre of war as us ever again and this book has just compounded my fear.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful.....Just Awful
I had great expectation reading this book after hearing so much about him but I was greatly disappointed when I got this. Read more
Published 14 hours ago by Leighton82
3.0 out of 5 stars The life of a soldier as written here wouldn't inspire me to sign...
A good read, but quite slow at times. I realise it's the viewpoint of a single soldier, but can be blinkered at times. Read more
Published 8 days ago by James Loomes
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Expected more of a variation in his career rather than just fighting in Iraq
Published 16 days ago by JOHN BUCKLEY
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant.
Amazing book, really educational about the events relating to the war on terror, specifically Iraq from the 9/11 up till about 2008
Published 20 days ago by Mr. S. G. Cowen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great read, RIP Chris
Published 21 days ago by Ben Doyle-cox
1.0 out of 5 stars Shocking
An insight into the horrors of war and cruelty. That aside, I found it an engaging book and was genuinely shocked at the coldness and detachment he portrays.
Published 1 month ago by C. P. Dawson
2.0 out of 5 stars Life is too short for terrible books.
After reading Lone Survivor, I was interested in finding out more about modern military operations. Following several recommendations I picked up this book and that was my first... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kevin John Burnard
3.0 out of 5 stars poor finish
The book is ok. Except it looks like the pages haven't been trimmed properly. But apart from that it's fine.
Published 2 months ago by lee mooore
2.0 out of 5 stars KIndle Book
I find this book is to much regarding the Author a lot about himself and not enough about his action. To much abbreviation that the reader has to try and remember . Read more
Published 2 months ago by waler john
5.0 out of 5 stars Cowboy, legendary sniper, father
American sniper is a fantastic multi-layered book with a fascinating behind the scenes look at life within the SEALs branch of the U.S military. Read more
Published 3 months ago by alex golin
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