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
This book was written in a way that anyone could appreciate. The real life of some one stronger than most telling his story in a way that brings humor, heart felt pain, triumph, and loss all in one great book.
I wish it went on for 10 more hours, it was funny, intense, and well written. John Pruden reads like a boss and is a perfect fit for the narration. I loved it! Thank you Chris Kyle for you courageous service to our beloved country- it means a lot to me.
Fanatical Endurance Athlete, who listens to a lot of books while training.
When I first read the inside cover of this book I thought it would be another pro American propaganda piece. But I got the audio book anyway.
While it started pretty much how I had expected, when the description of war in Iraq began, the book started having a larger impact on me. There was no attempt to hide the horrors of war or the effect that is has on people. The despair of losing a team mate, to the heroic acts by Chris Kyle and many other to save the lives of their fellow fighting men and women.
The military is not for every one, but I strongly suggest that anyone thinking of a career in the military have a good look at this book, to know what you might be getting in for. From the perspective of camaraderie, teamwork, politics, and the real cost of war. For some it will cement their belief in the military, for others it might lead you to another pursuit to put back into your country.
I was especially moved by Chris's work to help other recover from war whilst still fighting his own demons. If you don't admire this man for his war exploits you have to admire him for his post war activities. Sadly, Chris lost his life in these pursuits trying to help others. It is a real irony for a man who faced so much danger to be killed in a place claiming to be peaceful.
To me he was a true warrior, but listen and draw your own conclusions.
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