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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

Published: HarperCollins on
ISBN: 9780062082374
List price: $9.99
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American Sniper is a gutrenthcing, hard-hitting story of one man who had a tough but I feel a personally rewarding journey through the wars in Iraq/Afghanistan. I feel deep inside honored and proud of Chris Kyle defending not only Americans in Iraq and war zones, but any other military members as well. When Chris contemplated a second tour and re-enlisting for another 4-5 years of putting his country first, his wife felt a loss and anger towards her husband for not putting his wife and family first. Chris Kyle will always have my respect and admiration for helping to protect the ideas and values that make our country great. While some can argue his motives for leaving a wife and child for another tour has not feeling Chris Kyle felt strongly that in his training to be a warrior for our country he was being with his wife and family. It’s sad to know that he’s not with us and didn’t fall in battle for his country. This book is a great read and I recommend it strongly.more
Mixed feelings... read for an office book discussion. Would I have picked it up otherwise? No. Am I glad I read it? It was worth reading.

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
This book is the autobiography of Navy Seal Chris Kyle. I became interested in this book after listening to an interview with him on the radio. On the radio, he sounded humble and said this book was not about his many kills but the impact that the military has on family. But, I found it to be the exact opposite. In his book, he spoke about the many kills during his career and seem to be bragging. He spoke very little about his family and made it very clear that military came before his family. I do believe that Mr. Kyle is a great hero in the war but it wasn't book he betrayed it to be in his interview.more
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American Sniper is a gutrenthcing, hard-hitting story of one man who had a tough but I feel a personally rewarding journey through the wars in Iraq/Afghanistan. I feel deep inside honored and proud of Chris Kyle defending not only Americans in Iraq and war zones, but any other military members as well. When Chris contemplated a second tour and re-enlisting for another 4-5 years of putting his country first, his wife felt a loss and anger towards her husband for not putting his wife and family first. Chris Kyle will always have my respect and admiration for helping to protect the ideas and values that make our country great. While some can argue his motives for leaving a wife and child for another tour has not feeling Chris Kyle felt strongly that in his training to be a warrior for our country he was being with his wife and family. It’s sad to know that he’s not with us and didn’t fall in battle for his country. This book is a great read and I recommend it strongly.more
Mixed feelings... read for an office book discussion. Would I have picked it up otherwise? No. Am I glad I read it? It was worth reading.

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
This book is the autobiography of Navy Seal Chris Kyle. I became interested in this book after listening to an interview with him on the radio. On the radio, he sounded humble and said this book was not about his many kills but the impact that the military has on family. But, I found it to be the exact opposite. In his book, he spoke about the many kills during his career and seem to be bragging. He spoke very little about his family and made it very clear that military came before his family. I do believe that Mr. Kyle is a great hero in the war but it wasn't book he betrayed it to be in his interview.more
Here is as close to a review of this book as I can get. The following is a conversation I had with a man at work (I work at a library):man: “would you recommend this book?”me (in my head): “yes if you want to feel inadequate and mad and like having a panic attack”me (in my head also): “I don’t really need to read a book about that. I’m 25 in 2012. and I like men. The Beast has been oozing its goo all over them in every conceivable situation for almost my entire life. I don’t need to read about how fucking fun* killing is.”me (with my mouth): “if you like that type** this one has everything you’re looking for”————————————*fun and also causing of alky domestic violence and generalized feelings and behaviors of worthlessness**Chris Kyle literally ponders whether “country or family comes second, after God”more
Jarring tale of the life and times of U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, of his military work, his relationships with his wife, family, and brothers in arms. It is the story of his time spent fighting on the front lines in Iraq, and what he had to do to get there. Riveting, disquieting, and heart wrenching. The language used is like talking to a buddy at the bar, and makes it all the more engrossing, because it is real. A must read.more
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