The #1 New York Times bestselling memoir of U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle, and the source for Clint Eastwood’s blockbuster movie which was 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. His fellow American warriors, whom he protected with deadly precision from rooftops and stealth positions during the Iraq War, called him “The Legend”; meanwhile, the enemy feared him so much they named him al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle, who was tragically killed in 2013, writes honestly about the pain of war—including the deaths of two close SEAL teammates—and in moving first-person passages throughout, his wife, Taya, speaks openly about the strains of war on their family, as well as on Chris. Gripping and unforgettable, Kyle’s masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the great war memoirs of all time.
Topics: 2000s, Military, War, Iraq War, Gritty, Emotional, Violent, American Author, and Iraq
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I liked the book. I can think of readers who would also enjoy it. Possibly because I knew this was memoir and not fictional, I was able to separate myself from the narrative and Kyle's personality. I could look at the stories he told without becoming emotionally invested in them. Perhaps the most illuminating part of this book were the sections that recalled Kyle's difficulty in balancing his "work" life and his family life. His wife's contributions were very helpful in portraying the difficulties of military family life.
Although the narrative structure is Jim DeFelice's responsibility, this book still read less like narrative non-fiction or even a smooth flowing memoir, and more like a combat diary full of "tales/recollections from the front".
The pacing was fast. The language/style was conversational and very blunt. Kyle is both confident and self-effacing and he states his goal was to point out all of the soldiers that work together to fight. He doesn't deny his accomplishments, but he doesn't glorify them more than as work that needed to be done--and, luckily, work that he enjoyed.
Tone was relentless, grim at times, humorous at other times, earnest. The book is "about being a man..." and it is certainly full of testosterone.
I found plenty of book review/blog posts from conservative writers who enjoyed the book and did the patriotic rah-rah, but could find no liberal writers who reviewed the book. Interesting...more