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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)

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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 on the home front . . .

From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. 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 greatest 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 service and sacrifice that only one man could tell.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; Reprint edition (October 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062290797
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062290793
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,972 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Capt Rulo on February 10, 2015
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I wish I would have read the book first before watching the film. Some inaccuracies with the film or complete sequences that were skipped which played an important role in Chief Kyle's journey.

I enjoy the humor (twisted or not) sprinkled throughout the book. It gives you a no BS view of the world through a SEAL's eyes. His descriptions of BUDS and being overseas gives you a great visual for what it is like to be in those situations.

Towards the end of the book, it starts to change from a first hand account of events to a more personal opinion about his personal life, military life, and the people encountered in between.

Definitely an entertaining read. Keep in mind, it is a book written by a Navy SEAL, not a John Grisham novel so writing style may not match the gravity of the stories told. They are all important though for an American military legend.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jason Raasch on February 22, 2015
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I bought this book shortly after viewing the film. When i got home from the theater I spent the next several hours googling Mr. Kyle and was impressed to learn that the proceeds of this book were ALL being used to help vets. I'd strongly encourage reading this book as much of the books events, as often is the case, were omitted from the film. Be sure to do some research of your own on this individual, as I think you'll find him to be an exceptional model human being with core values that are often lost in today's society.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 26, 2014
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No doubt Chris Kyle is an American hero who I am sure will be memorialized someway by the Navy. A special forces assault type boat named after him, or maybe a training center - but he will be honored in someway. The good - the book gives an inside look what it is like to be a Navy SEAL and more specifically a sniper. Especially from the perspective of one who did multiple deployments to Iraq. His stories of fighting house to house, block to block, street to street are incredible. His ability to quickly acclimate into the different forces and military communities while deployed illustrates the importance of teamwork and a "one force" mentality. His ironclad bond to the SEAL brotherhood at the expense of his wife and family is both sad and understandable. The, not so good - the book is raw with emotion, language of a front line combatant, with few grammar errors and some inaccuracies. Should have been written by someone else, like a ghost writer. But many might also say this adds to the authenticity of the book. As a last note, I retired from the Navy after 30 years a few years ago. I am a former Chief Petty Officer (his description of the CPO selection board not wholly accurate), and a former Navy deep sea diver. As a diver I never did anything close to what Chris did, but I had the opportunity to work with SEALS from time to time. I found most of them to have similar personalities as Chris'. The brotherhood comes first, work hard and play hard, with narcissistic traits. This book reminds me of a star high school football player in a small town who's minor infractions are over looked in a boys will be boys type fashion. With his early death we are left to wonder what other achievements he would have had later in life.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Buzzer on March 2, 2015
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I enjoyed the story. One helluva hero. The writing was very elementary. That was a distraction. Just a shade above a grade schooler's essay on how I spent my summer vacation.
A case could almost be built that Chris Kyle had a killing addiction. But he put it to good use supporting our military guys on the ground.
And then we have the Academy Awards Ceremony, the height of hypocrisy, where the snoty, snooty self centered snobs of Hollywood stand and aggrandize themselves and others in their business. Where they make mega millions playing fake and fictional heroes that can dispatch a dozen armed thugs with or with out a weapon. They then stand up there and spew out their liberal clap trap about anti-war and anti-gun rhetoric and don't take the time to pay tribute to a real hero, Chris Kyle, that single handedly saved hundreds and even thousands of American GIs and Marines in his four deployments over in the Middle East.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Olivia L. Ogas on February 21, 2015
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I was surprised that it wasn't "gory". It's a very readable story. His humor is great. I live in the southwest and appreciate the digs. I loved that his wife also contributed to the book. It was at times not always easy to listen to what was going on in Kyle's mind. I saw the movie; it was very good. But the book is outstanding and better than the movie.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By paul white on August 5, 2014
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What can I say, I loved the book. The book is well written, easy to follow and about as down to earth as anyone can get. Chris (rest his soul) was a just a fascinating individual. His tail of dedication, patriotism and sacrifice will hit your heart like few things ever could. His continual humor and heart felt honesty will keep you riveted to the pages. It is a clear, unobscured look at the soul of this elite warrior. My words will never adequately convey just how good this book truly is.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amy Wright on April 6, 2015
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I am glad that Chris Kyle's story made national headlines both in print and motion picture. Not only was it one worth telling but we as a nation need to support the men and women that bravely and selflessly put their lives on the line for our freedoms. They deserve all we can give them and more when they return home from their tours, especially those in combat! God Bless them all!
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