American Sniper by Chris Kyle

Posted March 5, 2014 by The Book & Alcohol Girls in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

by Chris Kyle
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Published by Harper Collins
American Sniper Book Cover American Sniper
Chris Kyle
Autobiography
HarperCollins
January 3, 2012
528

From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyle's kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head. 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 great 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 Kyles fellow warriors, who raised hell on and off the battlefield. And in moving first-person accounts throughout, Kyles 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 war that only one man could tell.


“I thought I should be stronger than was possible.” 


Chris Kyle was a Navy SEAL and an American Hero. He was a man of God and a man of principle. He wrote this book with the assistance of professional writers, but in the end, it was his words and I loved the way it was written. As I read, I felt like I was listening to Chris simply tell me his story, like I could have closed my eyes and been right there with him. It was so familiar and intimate. Considering the subject matter, I don’t think I would have wanted it any other way. During a few portions of the story when Chris was discussing his family, he put the pen in his wife’s hand, so to speak and allowed her to narrate. She tells the story from her point of view because according to Chris, she’ll do a better job. 

Chris never held back in the telling of his story. He is 100% honest about his priorities, ideals, and mistakes. He discusses killing, war and even his personal family issues openly. He recognizes that not everyone will agree with his choices and he also recognizes that not all of his choices were the right ones. It is important to understand that you don’t have to agree with Chris’s beliefs to enjoy the book. He never asks you to. You don’t have to agree with war or any part of it. You just have to go into the story with an open mind and understand that it is one man’s tale. 

“We killed the bad guys and brought the leaders to the peace table. That is how the world works.” 

There was a lot of heavy material in this book, but Chris also had great humor and it shined through as he told the story. He and his friends certainly found ways to enjoy themselves find the good in whatever situation they were in. It was refreshing to read. It was also interesting. I learned a lot about life on deployment. Life on and off the bases. I learned about the equipment and weapons they use and why. Even if you know nothing of this war or the politics involved, Chris does a fantastic job of breaking it down and rebuilding everything so that it is built on a foundation that you can understand. 

“The joke was that President Bush only declared war when Starbucks was hit. You can mess with the U.N. all you want, but when you start interfering with the right to get caffeinated, someone has to pay.” 

Chris remains humble and gracious throughout the book. One note I’ll make is that he routinely compliments other branches of our military as well as other militaries. He gives credit where credit is due. 

“Yes, SEALs did a good job, and gave their blood. But as we told the Army and Marine officers and enlisted men we fought beside, we’re no better than those men when it comes to courage and worth.” 

This book tells the story of the greatest sniper in American history to date. He was a cowboy, a Christian and a hero. He loved his family and he fought for our great country. His commitment never wavered. Chris Kyle was killed on February 3, 2013 still working with veterans, still serving his country. He will always be loved and respected. 

“MY REGRETS ARE ABOUT THE PEOPLE I COULDN’T SAVE—Marines, soldiers, my buddies. I still feel their loss. I still ache for my failure to protect them.” 

I read this book just after his death and it took me over a year to write the review. I give it 5 stars because I loved the book. I was mesmerized from cover to cover. I give it another 5 stars in salute to Chris and his family. Raising a cold beer to you, Chris! Cheers!

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American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History


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