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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
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,606 customer reviews)

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Book Description


Gripping, eye-opening, and powerful, American Sniper is the astonishing autobiography of SEAL Chief Chris Kyle, who is the record-holding sniper in U.S. military history. Kyle has more than 150 officially confirmed kills (the previous American record was 109), though his remarkable career total has not been made public by the Pentagon.

In this New York Times bestselling memoir, Kyle shares the true story of his extraordinary decade-long career, including his multiple combat tours in Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom) and elsewhere from 1999-2009.

Kyle’s riveting first-person account of how he went from Texas rodeo cowboy to expert marksman and feared assassin offers a fascinating view of modern-day warfare and one of the most in-depth and illuminating looks into the secret world of Special Ops ever written.

Editorial Reviews



“[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)

About the Author

SEAL Team 3 Chief Chris Kyle (1974-2013) was awarded two Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars with Valor, and numerous other citations. Following four combat tours in Iraq, he became chief instructor for training Naval Special Warfare sniper teams. He is the author of American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms. A native Texan, Kyle is survived by his wife, Taya, and their two children.

Scott McEwen is a trial lawyer in San Diego.

Jim DeFelice is the author of Omar Bradley: General at War, the first in-depth critical biography of America's last five-star general. He also writes a number of acclaimed military thrillers, including the Rogue Warrior series with Richard Marcinko, founder of SEAL Team 6, and the novels in the Dreamland series with Dale Brown.

Product Details

  • File Size: 17218 KB
  • Print Length: 413 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062082353
  • Publisher: William Morrow; Reprint edition (January 3, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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54 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An open, honest account from a true American hero. February 5, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I have read many books written by men and women who have served our country in our armed services. American Sniper and Inside Delta Force, by Eric Haney, are at the top of my list of recommended reading.

Chris Kyle was a hero and role model to be proud of both on and off the field of battle. This open and honest autobiography of his life in the field and corresponding stress on his family is truly worth reading. Chris has a very candid, relational and sometimes comical way of telling his story. It is almost as if you are sitting on the back porch sharing drinks and barbecue while he recounts the story of his life in the Navy.

The excerpts from his wife are true gold. They reveal some of her feelings and stress about having a husband in the military. The fact that they kept their marriage together through it all is testimony of their character and morals.

Meeting Chris Kyle was one of my goals in life and I am truly saddened by his death this past weekend. RIP Chris Kyle, my thoughts and prayers are with your family.
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33 of 41 people found the following review helpful
By Caleb
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This book isn't an easy read. It's violent, profanity-laced, and real. But that's what war is. Chris Kyle loved it and paints a realistic picture for us. The writing isn't superb, and the book could be more organized, but none of that really matters because the real meat of the story is Kyle's charisma. Say what you want to about the man, but you cannot question his patriotism, his work in the field, and his dedication.

American Sniper is easily one of my favorite military biographies. When I heard the news of his murder yesterday, 2/2/13, I can honestly say that I grieved the loss of a true American patriot. We could use a few more like him these days.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Add to the great list of books February 19, 2013
By Kaydi
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I loved this book. I can almost picture the places that he describes. I am terribly sad that he is no longer with us as I would love to read another book from him.

This does have some bad language in it but I would still let my teenager read it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, by a true hero April 27, 2013
By James
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I'm a fourth generation disabled combat vet. What I gave to this country is nothing compared to this guy. He wrote this book to make sure the truth got out there before the Navy made him into some sort of superhero that he wasn't. I admire that. Throughout the book, the author (and occasionally his wife) spoke honestly and very bluntly about war, training, what it is like living in the military, life as a military spouse, life as the spouse of an Operator like SEAL's, etc. Chris tells the story from early childhood on through BUD/S and on into the second Persian Gulf War. He speaks matter of factly about everything. At times it might seem that he is bragging, but he isn't - he is just trying to be honest. If you want a true look at the face of war from the viewpoint of a special operations guy, or are interested in Chris himself, you WILL love this book. It is a shame that he is dead.
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26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars On the Fence February 23, 2012
By bjkwjk
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Let me begin by expressing my deepest gratitude to Mr. Kyle and all of the other brave men and women of our Armed Forces. You are the best of the best and I thank you for keeping us safe.

As per the book; I found myself racing to finish it. Not because I was enthralled, but because I was having trouble with the writing. I think it was the lack of emotion, and personal insight. Mr. Kyle is honest about his actions and feelings about the military command. Still we never really get a glimpse beneath the rough exterior that Kyle wishes to project.

I learned a lot about war and what our troops have to face in the field, but I feel as if Kyle spends too much space trying to project the image of a "bad ass" at the expense of the flow of the book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So sad February 8, 2013
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Motivating and Challenging to Me April 23, 2013
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The book starts with hopes and dreams of a young man, a SEAL, and then moves to the newlywed couple. The wife's view is interspersed providing a great balance to Chris's view of the storyline. The deployments are covered, and the message is straight forward and honest. I was very moved with his attitude toward "his boys," the accountability for his team. Reading the issues and problems his wife and he faced, how they were dealt with, and finally overcome will have to be a great encouragement to all who read this book. Thank you for your service and for writing this book.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding February 11, 2013
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This is the real deal. It is so sad and tragic what happened. I purchased this when I heard of the death. Well worth the price.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Super fantastic book...really love itg
Published 12 hours ago by Kimo
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely phenomenal and am very excited for the movie
I by no means consider myself 'a reader.' Aside from Harry Potter, I never found myself finding any excuse to read a book. Read more
Published 16 hours ago by Downbeats13
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
Kyle does an excellent job of portraying the war zones he was in, and gives an insight to the attitudes of the middle eastern fighters towards Americans. Read more
Published 17 hours ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars The story is captivating and really brings you in to his amazing...
I bought this book for my father years ago and recently decided to pick a copy up for myself.

I opened the first page and didn't stop until that night and did the same... Read more
Published 19 hours ago by Adam
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read, real life drama.
Published 20 hours ago by Richard Carter
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Amazing story
Published 20 hours ago by Pettyfogger
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Every American should have to read this book!
Published 20 hours ago by Mike
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great detail
Published 1 day ago by Ken Hackett
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This story, straight from Chris's mouth, brings you into the world of a Navy SEAL and what our brave warriors do for our country. Thank you Chris and may you RIP.
Published 1 day ago by Matthew Stuart
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
The book was all right !!!
Published 1 day ago by Robert washburn
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I was honored to attend the New York City premiere of the film "American Sniper" at Lincoln Center on Dec. 15th, 2014. It was an emotional evening. I thought Bradley Cooper did a fantastic job of portraying Chris Kyle, and Sienna Miller stole every scene she was in as Chris's wife Taya. As Clint Eastwood said when he introduced the movie-- this is an important story and I am happy and humble to have been a part of it.

The movie tie-in paperback of "American Sniper" (with Bradley Cooper on the cover) features wonderful stories from Taya Kyle about how much care the movie stars and crew took to get the details of their lives right for the screen. Screenwriter Jason Hall added his thoughts on writing the film.

The movie will be released on Christmas Day. And Chris Kyle's legacy continues through his charity the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, which works to help military families and veterans (at

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