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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: 10.6 x 2.6 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (709 customer reviews)
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“Chris Kyle tells his story with the same courage and grit he displayed in life and on the battlefield. American Sniper is a compelling read.” (CLINT EASTWOOD)

“[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 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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60 of 69 people found the following review helpful By John M. Ford TOP 1000 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.
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44 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Gale on 15 Aug. 2013
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This book should be compulsory reading for all UK forces. It forms the perfect handbook for how NOT to act within a warzone, unless that serviceman is hoping for a dishonourable discharge and a long civilian jail sentence. The book also highlights the entirely wrong attitude to serving in the forces.

Contrary to Kyle's opinion, conflict is not all about `whupping ass', looking cool in a baseball cap and being a `bas ass'.
And like it or not, Rules of Engagement have to be followed. They are the bane of the service personnel's life, but failing to understand them (or worse, ignoring them) results, legally, in a murder sentence (look up Lee Clegg!). Acting as Kyle did, such a shooting someone dead AFTER they have planted an IED, is a sure way to jail.

And yet the most infuriating aspect to this book is the fact that Kyle is genuinely under the total impression that the Iraqi and Afghanistani bad guys only want to kill Americans. If this were true, UK troops could patrol without body armour or risk of injury. Kyle utterly forgets that the Iraq wars involved a coalition!

Ultimately, the book has such an utterly American focus that anyone reading it and coming away having any empathy for Kyle can only be a fellow American.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Gerald on 29 Jan. 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Bought this two days ago on a whim as I expected a Navy SEAL with stunning prowess behind a rifle to be a collected, well-rounded, smart and perhaps quietly confident individual that would write an autobiography that would make up for an (as expected) average grasp of writing with a plethora of interesting stories, novel insights and awe inspiring recollections on his time as a sniper.

I couldn't have been more wrong.

The first sixty pages of American Sniper are a woefully dull account of Chris's upbringing that hold little interest, the only drive onwards - through the swathes of idiotic self postulating and sigh-inducing one liners that end every section - held within the hope that the story might become more exciting after he makes it through training and gets deployed on tour.

Wrong again.

Even if you forget the wearisome one-upmanship and the onslaught of achingly pointless bragging (rather curiously for a man that uses the word "Y'all" he says the British "speak English funny") you're still fed endless streams of school-level writing with the same amount of colour and vividity as Satan's bathroom fittings. Basically, this is how "The Hungry Caterpillar" would read if the caterpillar liked chewing tobacco and firearms.

I'm only half way through but tomorrow I will be calculating the elevation, drop and windage needed to launch this book 2,100 yards into the nearest recycle bin.

Then I'm off to Waterstones to buy the absolutely glorious, throat-catching triumph that is 'Sniper One' by Sgt. Dan Mills.
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163 of 192 people found the following review helpful By acae on 22 May 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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