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 Kyle's fellow warriors, who raised hell on and off the battlefield. And in moving first-person accounts throughout, Kyle's 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.
©2012 Chris Kyle (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers
I love to read but I have found I love to listen even more. The Outlander series are my favorite books of all time.
Not my usual style of book. Loved the humor of Chris Kyle. He is sorely missed. He didn't pull any punches. The narrator brought it to life.
I finally feel like the questions I've always wanted to ask, but didn't know how to approach have been answered by this brave soldier. God bless America!
Greatly enjoyed this book. The narrator read well but the attempt at the different accents was poor. I think a woman should have been part of the narration.
Now I have a better understanding of the mind set of a person engaged in combat.
Thank you Chris for your efforts to protect our Country. Thank you to Chris's family for all you have endured. God Bless You and the USA and all of our Soldiers.
Chris Kyle allows readers/listeners to step into his shoes and see modern warfare from the perspective of a patriotic SEAL. Even if you do not share his enthusiasm for war - it is difficult to avoid feeling admiration for the young men and women who fight the wars our President starts.
I would recommend it to friends who might have an interest in military matters.
Chris Kyle, duh.
I haven't. The main comment I have is in response to criticism to Pruden's "fake" Texas accent. I have the Kindle Enhanced version of American Sniper which includes short interview vignettes with Kyle. The narrator's reading is an accurate portrayal of how Kyle spoke in those interviews.
Maybe in three or four sittings of a few hours each.
Whether you appreciate or not US military doctrine, this is one man's experiences similar to those that many young Americans have experienced. War is ugly. The man did what was asked of him by his country and he was very good at it.
I have lived my entire life a leader of any group I'm associated. Chris Kyle was a leader. This book should be read to men and women across this country who demonstrate any kind of leadership qualities to encourage and direct them in being effective leaders. It encouraged me! I have never served in the armed forces, but I have fought many battles. This book has reassured me that when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Chris Kyle is the epitome of a leader and a fighter.
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