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American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History
 
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American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History [Kindle Edition]

Chris Kyle , Scott McEwen , Jim DeFelice
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER (No Source)

“[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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SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY CLINT EASTWOOD

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 17218 KB
  • Print Length: 413 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062082353
  • Publisher: William Morrow; Reprint edition (Jan. 3 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GFPZYK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #478 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Long Shot Feb. 23 2013
By John M. Ford TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellence in a dark place Dec 12 2014
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First, this is a good read; it flows well and captures your interest quickly. It is the story of a very traditional, flag and God, American man who became a soldier and excelled in wartime as a sniper; that is someone who waits unseen for threats and kills them from a distance with a rifle. That said, he is also active on the ground level in Iraq, fighting from house to house. He pays an enormous price physically and mentally for the tours in hell. From the comfort of my living room I read about the remorseless zeal that he brought to the job. Then I asked myself if I was at war would I want him on my side and the answer was an unequivocal yes. I couldn't do that job but someone has to. He makes it clear throughout that he did it to protect other American soldiers. Kyle who was finally shot by a deranged veteran, is also remorselessly honest about himself, his flaws and his struggles with his wife. Their love was mutual but greatly strained by war. I have spoken to combat veterans and to the extent that I can understand them his words ring true. What sets this book aside is its constant return to Kyle as a husband and father; including many passages written by his wife, Taya. She is also honest and I suspect speaks for many military spouses. American Sniper is a movie now and we will all be cheering for Bradley Cooper. In the end though Chris Kyle was called upon to do a dirty job and brought excellence to its execution.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good war book. Oct. 31 2014
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Great book of you are interested in war. This book shares the authors experiences in both his proffessional career and personal life. It's not the most deep or vocabularily appealing book but that's not what is intended for. I would recommend it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good story over a beer, but not for a book. June 19 2014
By CW
Format:Kindle Edition
You can tell when someone digs down deep and writes from the heart, or when they ramble on into a tape recorder and transcribe what was said afterward. For me, this read was the latter. The content was very superficial, the prose pedestrian and the experience unfulfilled. A good autobio should provide you with an in-depth look into the author or the events they write about. This book did neither.
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5.0 out of 5 stars insightful and excellent Oct. 28 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Loved the conversational nature and the honest tone. So sorry that Chris is no longer with us. A true hero.
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