American Sniper - Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen & Jim DeFelice

American Sniper

By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen & Jim DeFelice

  • Release Date: 2012-01-03
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 7,810 Ratings)

Description

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This special enhanced edition features more than 10 exclusive videos and an additional 15 images and descriptions of the weapons used by the armed forces in their fight against terrorism overseas.

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 Kyles 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.

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Reviews

  • American Sniper

    1
    By UltimateBaseballPlayer16636
    My mom has it. I didn't know this was in my house. I want this book because I'm into Black Ops: Call Of Duty, halo, and many other first person shooter games.
  • it does not open

    1
    By Chyrva
    after downloading I can't open it.It shows just 46 pages and it does not open
  • One of my all-time favorite non-fictions

    5
    By Budmc121
    I've read a few books written by SEALS (My other favorite, & one of my most highly regarded non-fiction books, is "Extreme Ownership" by Jocko Willink & Leif Babin. It's life changing good. You should check it out). They tend to have an incredible gravity, brevity & earnestness that stems from their authors' shared life experiences as well as the personality traits that lead a man to join & flourish in such an esteemed, trying & exclusive subset of an already noble & honorable profession, that of the soldier. The extreme amount of life experience & responsibility that many of these guys encounter in such an abrupt and blunt way dwarfs what most of us will experience in an entire lifetime. While, of course, that doesn't make all their opinions & conclusions beyond reproach it most certainly makes their opinions, conclusions, perspectives & points of view utterly invaluable. This book is absolutely no exception. Yes, it is autobiographical. It is a story, a novel of sorts, that happens to be completely true. You find yourself quite invested in the protagonist. With the magnetism of a good novel, albeit written in a more relaxed & conversational tone, you hate to stop reading & when you must you can't wait to pick it back up again. You have to know what happens next. If this book were just a story it would be a very good one but it was more than that to me. The writing isn't what I would call eloquent but it isn't clumsy either. Stylistically, it takes an unusual but perfectly executed tone. You can't help but feel as though you are sitting across from Chris as he tells you his story, in plain English, maybe as the two of you share a beer or three. It really feels that relaxed & natural. What adds to this atmosphere & overall effect is the brutal honesty from both Chris & Taya. It really sets this book apart. Not once did I get the feeling that Chris was showing any real disrespect to the Navy or the SEALS but he did not hesitate to call it like he saw it either. That inability or unwillingness to sugar coat things or tow the line while still displaying the judgement & maturity to refrain from excessive negativity endears the author to the reader. Also, Chris & Taya's candidness makes it a deeply personal & emotional read. I know there is great reluctance in the SEAL community to "talk about" anything relating to their work. I understand the reservations these "quiet professionals" have. While I have been aware of, interested & intrigued by the SEALS for the last 18 years the general public has only really been made aware of them over the last few years. When the spotlight was shown on them I was both excited & nervous for them. I was excited that others might be able to share my fascination, admiration & deep respect for this group but nervous because attention is, in a very basic way, not what this group wants or needs. Having said that, I believe it is VITALLY important that we continue to see SEALS and former SEALS share what they are willing, able & inspired to with the general public. Books like this one & the formerly mentioned "Extreme Ownership" have had an enormous impact on me & my life. These guys don't need to write books to impact our lives, they fight for us every day but the cornerstone of human progress is the sharing of experience, knowledge & perspective. What a shame, what a loss to humanity it would be if no experience, knowledge or perspective was shared from this group who has so much to give.
  • American Sniper

    5
    By Caseymbrunk
    My favorite book I've read. Not a huge reader if that explains why. But I love war stories, so I loved this. And have tremendous respect for Chris Kyle.
  • Great

    5
    By Richurro
    Good Book.
  • Chris Kyle

    5
    By Laythewood33
    Amazing book recommend for 11+
  • Great Book

    5
    By Cyber_Grunt
    Well written account of Chris Kyle's career as a SEAL. Great read
  • Disturbed.

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    By gonzoid
    From everything I’ve read about Kyle, he was a murderous psychopath. That is NOT the America that my father served over 30 years in the US Military to defend, and to allow to happen. People that like Chris Kyle seem to have a distorted view of what makes men, and a country, great. Killing everything that moves, being a ‘lone gunman’, and executing people ‘because you can’, or because you are ‘following orders’ places this country pretty darn close to the ‘enemy’, with the only difference being the choice of weapon. It’s not wonder why John Wayne movies were so popular, but the truth about John Wayne was that he was a coward, and refused to serve in the wars of the time because he was ‘doing his work’ standing in front of a camera. People that love this story built up over the war crimes of Chris Kyle wouldn’t last a week in the wars that such idolatry create. They would rather the Chris Kyles go and fight them, rather than they have to endure people that are quite rightfully angry, shooting TO KILL. Bush’s wars were a mess. They were designed to bilk the US Treasury to kill the ‘Good Deal’ from the end of the Great depression. They ‘embedded’ journalists to market the war, and it worked. We have, or a small subset of ‘us’ have lost our bearings and our belief in the worth and dignity of life. (How bad did our troops do in the Iraq war? We were forced out under Bush’s presidency because they ‘couldn’t trust’ US soldiers and mercenaries, and we insisted on blanket immunity from any prosecution. There has to be a reason why, and ‘heroes’ like Chris Kyle are why) That is all I have to say, other than I really honestly fear being shot by a gun crazed person that would ‘love’ Chris Kyle, more than I fear a terrorist attack.
  • Great!

    5
    By Kuthurkee
    Very page turner. I recommend to read this book to those who want to become Sniper.
  • American Sniper

    5
    By popcorn.man
    17 years old- such an amazing book it shows what it means to be an American. It shows how war can effect a man and how to overcome those stresses. I now have a lot more respect for the men and women who served the U.S. Military.

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