SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY CLINT EASTWOOD
He is the deadliest American sniper ever, called “the devil” by the enemies he hunted and “the legend” by his Navy SEAL brothers . . .
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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Drawing on his experiences as an elite sharpshooter for the Navy SEALs, Chris Kyle delivers a thought-provoking account of modern warfare. In spare, direct prose, Kyle shares sobering glimpses of combat in Iraq, the rigours of training and the emotional toll his work took on his personal life. Kyle’s wife, Tara, provides additional commentary that’s at once illuminating and heartbreaking. American Sniper has been adapted for the screen by Clint Eastwood.
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Brutally honest, amazing story.
Far better than the movie. A very gritty and uncompromising biography which gives a fascinating insight into some major battles in Iraq. Chris Kyle doesn't hold back on his views, which may offend some, not me though. Great book, well worth a read.
Confronting, Inspiring. Real
A brilliant read. Just the facts from a SEAL. We owe everything that we enjoy today to these men. A very frank insight into the mind of a battle hardened man, his experiences and ramifications to those closest. Lest We Forget.
A very inspiring individual. Honest in his writing and his life. Great to read something written without the boasting or superhero aspect to it. Just the account of a man who went to war for a country who needed him and found he left the people who needed him most behind and came to the realization of that fact before it was too late. That you for sharing Chris.