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
It was recommended that I read this book as a way to begin to understand Trump supporters. Although I still am not comfortable with someone who admittedly lives war, I found myself liking and being drawn to the person who said it. This is an honest view into the the life of a truely humble and patriotic human being who in many ways exhibits the best of what Americans can be.
Insightful. Motivating. Faithful.
This was my first book that I have read in a very long time. So I couldn't compare.
It was a very emotional read.
If you are curious about the mindset of a service-man/woman read this. It will help you understand the trials they go through on the battlefield and why it is difficult to acclimate to a civilian life. You'll also learn that you don't know shit about war, and how it effects a man/woman.
I will give it to the narrator, he does a wonderful job with the whole southern twang in his voice makes it seem like how I would imagine Chris Kyle to sound. I also have to hand it to him for not getting choked up in the hard moments of the book. This is a great book about a true American Hero. I love how it gives not only his aspects of his time but his wife's too. Definitely will recommend to others.
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