- Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (January 29, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062238868
- ISBN-13: 978-0062238863
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13,305 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History Mass Market Paperback – January 29, 2013
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“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 elite community of 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, author of Lone Survivor)
“Chris Kyle was incredible, the most celebrated war hero of our time, a true American hero in every sense of the word.” (D Magazine)
“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)
“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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“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)
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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.
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I gave the book 5 stars, but that doesn’t mean it’s perfect. This is the original version of the book that contains the “Punching Out Scruff Face” section, which has been deleted from subsequent versions of the book after Jesse Ventura sued the author and publisher for defamation, and won. That’s an indication that other parts of the narrative could be embellishments, or exaggerations, or just plain misleading through bad communication. For instance on page 314 the narrative says Fort Irwin is in San Bernardino. Yes, Fort Irwin is in San Bernardino County, but when I hear San Bernardino without “county” on the end of the name I think of the city by the same name, which is quite a drive from Fort Irwin.
Also, because this book was published before the author was murdered, there is no mention of the author being killed by a mentally disturbed Marine veteran.
In comparison, here’s how I rated some comparable books I’ve read in the past couple of years: “Civilian Warriors” (2014) by Eric Prince (4 stars); “Blackwater” (2008) 2 stars; “Big Boy Rules” (2009) 3 stars; “The Strongest Tribe” (2009) by Bing West (4 stars); “Unbroken” (2014) by Laura Hillenbrand (4 stars); “Ghost Soldiers” (2001) audiobook (5 stars); “Shadow Divers” (2004) audiobook (5 stars). I’ll stop there. I could keep listing books all day, going back to the first crusades.