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American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History [Kindle Edition]

Chris Kyle , Scott McEwen , Jim DeFelice
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NOW A BLOCKBUSTER MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY CLINT EASTWOOD—NOMINATED FOR SIX ACADEMY AWARDS, INCLUDING BEST PICTURE

Includes exclusive new material by Taya Kyle about the making of the American Sniper film.

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.



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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER (No Source)

“Chris Kyle tells his story with the same courage and grit he displayed in life and on the battlefield. American Sniper is a compelling read.” (CLINT EASTWOOD)

“[My] favorite book of the year. Chris Kyle’s American Sniper is an amazingly detailed account of fighting in Iraq -- a humanizing, brave story that’s extremely readable.” (PATRICIA CORNWELL, New York Times Book Review)

“In the community of elite warriors, one man has risen above our ranks and distinguished himself as unique. Chris Kyle is that man. A master sniper, Chris has done and seen things that will be talked about for generations to come.” (MARCUS LUTTRELL, former USN SEAL, recipient of the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism under fire, #1 bestselling author of Lone Survivor)

“The raw and unforgettable narrative of the making of our country’s record-holding sniper, Chris Kyle’s memoir is a powerful book, both in terms of combat action and human drama. Chief Kyle is a true American warrior down to the bone, the Carlos Hathcock of a new generation.” (CHARLES W. SASSER, Green Beret (US Army Ret.) and author of One Shot, One Kill)

American Sniper is the inside story of what it’s like to be in war. A brave warrior and patriot, Chris Kyle writes frankly about the missions, personal challenges, and hard choices that are part of daily life of an elite SEAL Sniper. It’s a classic!” (RICHARD MARCINKO (USN, Ret.), First Commanding Officer of SEAL Team Six and #1 bestselling author of Rogue Warrior)

“Eloquent ... An aggressively written account of frontline combat, with plenty of action.” (KIRKUS REVIEWS)

“Reads like a first-person thriller narrated by a sniper. The bare-bones facts are stunning. .... A first-rate military memoir.” (BOOKLIST)

From the Back Cover

NOW A BLOCKBUSTER MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY CLINT EASTWOOD—NOMINATED FOR SIX ACADEMY AWARDS, INCLUDING BEST PICTURE

A celebration of the remarkable life and legacy of fallen American hero Chris Kyle.

This commemorative memorial edition of Kyle's bestselling memoir features the full text of American Sniper, plus more than eighty ­pages of remembrances by those whose lives he touched personally—including his wife, Taya; his parents, brother, and children; Marcus Luttrell and other fellow Navy SEALs; veterans and wounded warriors; lifelong friends; and many others.

He was the top American sniper of all time, called "the legend" by his navy seal brothers, and a hero by those he served with on the home front . . .

From 1999 to 2009, Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. Gripping and unforgettable, Kyle's account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the greatest war memoirs of all time. 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.


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2,093 of 2,206 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Honest February 6, 2013
Format:Hardcover
When I first posted this review, there were roughly 3000 other reviews and many 1 and 2 star reviews. Most of the low rated reviews were from folks posting negative comments that had not even read the book. They were obviously against the war, didn't like the military, etc. Some of these comments are offensive, at least too me they were. I made a point to bring this to the attention of potential buyers of Chris's book so they wouldn't let the low ratings affect their decision to read, what I think is a very good story. I think this is important to point out and that's why I am including it here. The point here is to be helpful to others. So, with that said, I'd like to update this review a little bit now that over 5000 folks have had the opportunity to read it and leave their reviews, which seem to be a little more objective. I still disagree with others that claim this book is "poorly written". I think Chris, with help of course, did a pretty darn good job describing his experiences. This book was written by a Navy SEAL. Not Tom Clancy. This book is written in what I would call a sort of "conversational style". In other words, he writes like he talks. He is telling you a story or collection of them. I found his honesty refreshing. He makes no bones about the fact that he loves his job. He wasnt the best father or husband at times. He doesnt like politics, etc. I liked his sense of humor (I caught myself laughing out loud at times). I especially liked his discussion on his gear and weapons. It's interesting to read about what sort of equipment someone needs to survive in that kind of environment. He put things in his book that he was constantly asked about. Thats why they are there. The book also has some decent maps and photographs. This is not a book for everyone. Read more ›
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752 of 822 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Husband, Father, Hero and Friend January 5, 2012
Format:Hardcover
Chris and Taya were our next door neighbors for most of the time the events in this book were taking place. While Chris has sanitized many of the events he was involved with, the book offers a seldom seen look into the trials and pains that American Forces, especially or SEALS endure along with their family and friends. There are no politics in this book, just a saga of the human side of war and conflict. For me it was a must read and for Chris, I'm sure it was way of purging nightmares and letting the public see that the men who protect us are just as human as we are.
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178 of 210 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So sad February 8, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
So, I was finishing Mr. Kyle's book the other day and nearing the writing of my review when I saw the terrible news on TV that Mr. Kyle had been murdered. All I want to say is that I'm terribly sorry for Taya, Chris' children and the rest of his family and my heart goes out to them. Chris Kyle was a patriot.
Because this is still a book review, I'll add one more thing. I enjoyed the book greatly. Any gripes I may have with it are minor and would just be nit-picking. I think everyone should give American Sniper a try. I know this isn't a very helpful review, but it is what it is. I gave 4 stars because I couldn't put it down until I was finished and to me, that is all that matters this time.
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770 of 972 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Great...Not Terrible... January 7, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Very broad stroke tale of Chris Kyle's career as a SEAL. Broad in the sense that there is very little detail on actual shots taken/contact with enemies (where he actually engaged targets in his capacity as a sniper).

I was initially going to review the book after having read the first 30% of it which left me a bit disappointed but I decided to give it a chance, and finished it before re-writing my entire review. I fully agree with some of the previous reviews that the writing could have been better and I have to admit that I actually started wanting to skip all the passages written by Chris's wife (Taya) entirely. It does give a bit of perspective on their private life but as a shooter I was more interested in Chris's actual accounts.

I found it very interesting (and initially a bit brazen) how Chris starts his book exactly the same way Carlos Hatchcock* did with his autobiography referencing having had to kill a woman the same way Carlos started his book having had to kill a boy. Later in the book Chris pays homage to Carlos so the similarity became understandable.

* Carlos Hathcock - technically the best sniper ever to have walked the earth and probably the best written Sniper autobiography to date)

Comparing the countless records on fighting in wars like Vietnam compared to modern day warfare in places like Iraq you cant seem to shake the feeling that the enemy guys like Chris face there just aren't cut from the same cloth. The Vietcong were a very formidable enemy, living the war and being excellent at guerilla warfare, tracking, planning and even having some superb snipers in their ranks.
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54 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One word: Excellent December 7, 2014
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
"American Sniper" is a fantastic book. It is an excellent read, you will not be able to put it down once you get started. It is definitely just as good of a read as "Lone Survivor", "No Easy Day" and others like it. Now that I've read it I can't wait to see the movie on Christmas Day as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Riveting. I couldn't put it down. Came from a Navy family so it brought back so many memories. God bless you, Chris Kyle.
Published 11 hours ago by Iovekindle
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible glimpse..
Incredible book. To have lived through all of those savers while he was in service and to have lost his life in such a senseless was is tragic. Read more
Published 13 hours ago by Erin Newsome
5.0 out of 5 stars Words of a Navy Wife
This was truly an inspirational, heartfelt and honest book. Being a Navy wife myself and living the life that we do, I felt a piece of myself in the words written. Read more
Published 14 hours ago by Jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book it was nice hearing Chris' wife point of view also.
Published 15 hours ago by Chris McDevitt
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the few
The contrast of humor and pain portrayed in this account is just one example of how incredibly difficult it would be to maintain sanity under war time conditions. Read more
Published 23 hours ago by kathy
3.0 out of 5 stars Intense Read
I loved his story. He was very open and honest in conveying how his mind worked. I would want him fighting on my side. He wasn't the best writer, but I got his message.
Published 1 day ago by Big Ma
5.0 out of 5 stars It was an amazing story and was written beautifully and had so much...
I give it 5 stars
It put me on the edge of my seat at times and I would go crazy if I had to stop in the middle of it or even had to look away.
Published 1 day ago by Jill Marcellini
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful
Excellent book about this Soldier/Sniper who fought in a war we are living in today. He was able to bring his journey with his guys and his family, the hardships and the loss of... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Lori McClean
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting perspective
War is something that I could not even imagine being in. This is a good point of view from a SEAL perspective. I admire the hard work and training and sense of patriotism. Read more
Published 1 day ago by hollybrat72
3.0 out of 5 stars i suspect i might be swimming against the stream here ...
i suspect i might be swimming against the stream here and i know chris is considered a hero but at what price? i wonder if it was really worth what it did to him and his family. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Ricky Kay Rask
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Justice? On who's terms is the murder of this man "justice"? He killed as a member of the US Armed Forces during wartime, something that's never been a 'sin', while protecting himself and his brothers in arms.
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