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  • Audio CD: 9 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; Unabridged edition (March 12 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062209493
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062209498
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 13.1 x 4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #196,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER (No Source)

“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) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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NOW A BLOCKBUSTER MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY CLINT EASTWOOD—NOMINATED FOR SIX ACADEMY AWARDS, INCLUDING BEST PICTURE

From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. 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.

SEAL Team 3 Chief Chris Kyle served four combat tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom and elsewhere. For his bravery in battle, he was awarded two Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars with Valor, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and one Navy and Marine Corps Commendation. Following his combat deployments, he became chief instructor for training Naval Special Warfare Sniper and Counter-Sniper teams, and he authored the Naval Special Warfare Sniper Doctrine. Today, he is president of Craft International, a worldclass leader in training and security. He lives with his family in Texas, where he devotes much of his spare time to helping disabled veterans.


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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By John M. Ford TOP 100 REVIEWER on Feb. 23 2013
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 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Richard Feder on Nov. 22 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is a book about life as a Navy Seal fighting in the Middle East. But don't look for depth or for even much reporting on what it's really like to do that for months, or even years as the author did. That information's not here. No one's looking for the author to divulge classified material. But there is literally no sense here of what Kyle went through and how it affected him personally. That doesn't leave the reader with much to absorb.

Don't look here for any thoughts on why the U.S. is in the Middle East in the first place. The author states that's not his job. Unfortunately there's also no thoughts on the cost of these wars- financial and emotional, the sheer drain on the country and the economy- or on how paying for battle will affect his kids' lives and his kids' kids' futures.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Clayton on Sept. 12 2013
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Chris tells his story without sugar coating. His story is not written to be political correct or to impress anyone. This book was a great read
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Snider on Jan. 3 2015
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I found myself emerged in the battle scenes one minute and then tearing up or angry at the situation the next. Absolutely fantastic.
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The book was interesting as an uncoloured insight into the persona of a Navy Seal.
Kyle is clearly not a writer, and the book reads much like a dull high school book report, which might be a bit surprising considering the drama of his life.
But the value of the book is that, when writing autobiography, people often reveal a more truthful and less polished picture of themselves.
This is particularly true in Kyle's case (even more so than Bowden in No Easy Day).

Kyle comes across as a simple guy who believes in what he believes, and as a professional soldier.
His human frailties are evident, and he often appears as someone who's not particularly likeable, mature, smart, or knowledgable about things outside guns and shooting.

But perhaps this is better than getting an idealized Hollywood laundered and polished fiction.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Big Kazza on Dec 16 2013
Format: Hardcover
I think the book was okay. Nothing special but it was somewhat interesting.

I don't want to say too many disparaging things about Chris Kyle. However, while he may be considered and American hero because he killed a lot of enemies, the thing that became most pronounced while reading this book was that he was little more than a skilled thug. He was violent, racist and selfish.

I understand that 'violent' is a positive in his profession. Violent people are the ones we need in those roles. However, this guy enjoyed beating on American's too. There's a whole section in the book documenting his arrests and bar fights...with pride! He seems to have an excuse for every one of the arrests but don't most criminals have excuses?

He was a racist. At one point in the book he proudly states that he wishes he could shoot anyone holding a Koran. How heroic. Perhaps someone should have expressed to Mr. Kyle that many of the American citizens that he was fighting for are freedom loving Muslims. Perhaps someone should have reminded him that he was fighting for the first amendment. After all, weren't they there to free Iraq from Saddam and spread democracy?

He was selfish. He ignored his wife's plea's to not re-enlist so he could be at home and help raise their children. Heroic? Perhaps under other circumstances it would have been. However, my overwhelming impression was that he re-enlisted a) because he loved his country, and on an equal level b) he loved being at war. This wasn't a man who made a sacrifice to go to war. He did it because he LOVED it. The sacrifice would have been to stay at home.

Needless to say, I don't buy into the narrative of him being a hero. An ultimate warrior? Absolutely. Hero? Not so much.
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