American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History is an autobiography by United States Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, written with . American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History Mass Market Paperback – January 29, 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. American Sniper is the astonishing autobiography of SEAL Chief Chris Kyle. who is Story time just got better with Prime Book Box, a subscription that delivers.

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    American Sniper Book American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in American Sniper and millions of other books are available for instant access. American Sniper book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. From to , U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most c. “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.

    From to , U. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than of Kyles kills the previous American record was , 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. 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.

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    Fox 5 San Diego. Retrieved May 26, Conservative hero 'American Sniper' Chris Kyle grossly exaggerated his military record". The Raw Story. Retrieved May 27, The Intercept.

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    Bar fights. Destruction of property. Beating a fellow up because the victim's girlfriend was in an argument with another SEAL. Maybe he figured the other SEAL couldn't handle her?

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

    I cannot believe this chap didn't end up in jail. In one chapter he gleefully tells about beating a celebrity because he thought the celebrity a former governor was disrespecting a SEAL wake or some such BS.

    He neglects to mention that the celebrity is now in his 60's. Look it up on Youtube - you can see the "hero" chortling about it on a radio interview. If this book is worth reading at all, it's only to see the decline in the American military. Apparently the officers have no control. Hazing is rampant. Citizens are beaten with apparent impunity. Childish behaviour like mooning neighbours and chasing Iraqis with radio-controlled vehicles are considered legitimate pastimes.

    I could go on and on But if his wife wants to write a book about how she survived living with a self-centred vainglorious manchild, I'm downloading it View all comments. I tried, I really tried but I just couldn't make it through this book. I wanted to like it because I'm ex military and I live in Texas but about half way through I put the book away for good.

    The writing was dull and choppy, the sentences short and non descriptive. It read as if it had been written by my nine year old son. I found the repeated referral to bar fights and the continuous boasting of kill numbers to be a complete turnoff. I had hoped for colorful narrative like that of Black Hawk Do I tried, I really tried but I just couldn't make it through this book.

    I had hoped for colorful narrative like that of Black Hawk Down but instead found the book, well, just boring. View all 36 comments. Aug 14, Petra X rated it it was amazing Shelves: Excellent read, absolutely enlightening to how thoroughly enjoyable, not to mention competitive, war can be to those that are obviously hooked on the adrenaline rush.

    The author is such a man, and when promoted out into an office job, a planner, turns it down because what he wants to do is be right in the middle of the action with a gun and his mates and was willing to put up with all kinds of hardship and danger, not to mention turning down a pay rise in order to do so. If people honestly still Excellent read, absolutely enlightening to how thoroughly enjoyable, not to mention competitive, war can be to those that are obviously hooked on the adrenaline rush.

    If people honestly still believe that war is something that soldiers absolutely loathe and they only do it to be upright citizens who want to defend their country and way of life, they need to read this book and War , The Junior Officers' Reading Club Killing Time And Fighting Wars and perhaps Brotherhood of Warriors , all ones I have read recently.

    War for conscripts is one thing, but these men are all volunteers and they re-enlist for further tours until either they get it out of their system or think of something else to do - often related, like security services. This author was the Top Guy, the best shooter of them all, planning his missions carefully, executing them perfectly and - who knew - taking along his notepad on big missions, there was someone there with a laptop detailing the action!

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

    The British and Israelis have to do the same thing, Iraqi, Palestinian and Afghani insurgents aren't required to justify their killings. These Rules of Engagement are just one way, and you can be sure that a large amount of the public sympathy is going to go to those who never play by those rules but kill as many as they can.

    Not only that but it is interesting that Americans at least, I don't know about the British or Israelis, will also treat those they have just wounded, sending them to their military emergency hospitals. I like reading about the mechanics of war from all sides, whether it be those who some call freedom fighters and others say are terrorists, the military and especially the medical teams that try to put all the still-alive victims back together again. I'm just finishing off Paradise General: A Surgeon's Chronicle of War and Medicine.

    It's all very interesting but I am glad, so glad, I don't have to fight, I wasn't built for gore, guts or even glory. If you read this book then please read http: Chris had started a foundation to help troubled vets and was working with one yesterday, a young man of 25, when the man fatally shot Chris and and his companion.

    Chris was a wonderful man, a family man, who had served his country to the best of his ability. RIP Chris. View all 34 comments. Apr 25, Jason Fotinatos rated it did not like it. Oh my goodness. I really wanted to like this book. I tried hard to like this book, even if it started out with Chris describing Iraqi women and children as "evil savages" who he enjoyed killing. His only regret was that he did not get a chance to kill more of them.

    I respect the sacrifices that the members of our military have made over the course of our relatively short history, and the trials that they face when they return back home. So, even if I was disgusted with the first few pages, I rea Oh my goodness. So, even if I was disgusted with the first few pages, I read on. I was hoping he only started out in this manner, because he would eventually come to terms with his misguided judgements.

    Alas, no such luck. The abhorrent ignorances only continue throughout the book, and he adds to the loveliness by constantly reminding the reader how much he enjoys killing. In fact, he discusses his love for the marines, because they are a group of people who "just really love to kill. Even if I didn't appreciate Mr. Kyle's beliefs, opinions, or attitudes, I'd hoped that the saving grace of the book would be the content of the stories.

    Again, no dice. The whole first half of the book recalls his days filled with abundant free time between training and waiting to go to war, which he spent fighting at bars, and eventually meeting his wife who "looked hot, and classy as hell in black leather pants.

    On top of all of this, the writing itself was horrific. He, and his wife who also writes portions of the book, have the vocabulary of a 8 year old child. The only three phrases he used to describe anything was either "it sucked", "it was awesome", or "it was badass! Onto bigger and better things. View all 25 comments. Before reading this book I had heard of Chris Kyle. I have not seen the movie and honestly I didn't know much about the controversy surrounding this man.

    I'm very conflicted on reviewing this book. I almost just threw up my rating and walked away but I tend to forget the books I've read and I try and review for myself so that I can remember the book later. This one.

    I just don't know. I don't know if they paint Chris Kyle in the movie as he has bared himself in the book. I'm curious enough that I do want to watch the movie now though. In the book Kyle's words are his own. He is not politically correct, and the writing is not smooth and polished.

    The one thing it is though is honest. It's almost as if he is sitting with you telling you his stories. There are things about him I liked and things I could not wrap my head around. His unwavering loyalty to his country. He pushes himself to the limits and then goes past them when he needs too. Then I felt that he put that same country ahead of his family time and time again. I felt bad about leaving Taya. She was still healing from the birth. I wanted to get back into action.

    I wanted to go to war. Then in a few pages he would talk about the pain he feels when one of his "brothers in arms" is hurt or killed and my heart would hurt for him. He was a complicated man. I'll give him that. I don't think I could have taken being in his wife's place. She has parts of this book told in her voice and honestly it kept me from not liking Kyle completely that he added them in. Taya would say, "Wait a minute.

    You've been gone for how long? And now you want to come home and be part of this family and make the rules: No sir, because you're leaving in another month to go back on training. There was a part of Chris Kyle that was completely hot tempered too. He openly puts those parts in the book. He talks about the bar brawls and just sometimes hitting people. I think maybe it was stress relief, I can't say I have the answers. One thing that caused a storm of problems later on was him including him punching a person he called "Scruff face" and if what happened really took place I'm glad he punched his stupid ass.

    Now his estate is in the middle of lawsuits from it Another thing about Kyle was that even though he did not want to come off as bragging he couldn't help but repeatedly mention the fact that he has the highest number of confirmed kills of any sniper. That contradicted himself over and over and got to the point where when it was mentioned I cringed from it. He was tough though. I don't think he needed to overly emphasize those facts.

    He wrote about hell week in the SEALs and that part of the book was excellent. So you knew he was "Badass" without him having to point it out to you. So all in all. I'm still conflicted with this man and his story. I'm proud that he served his country so valiantly, but I don't think I could have been a close friend of his. With all this good stuff going on, You'd think I was living a fairy tale or a perfect life. And maybe I should be.

    But real life doesn't travel in a perfect straight line; it doesn't necessarily have that "all lived happily ever after" bit. You have to work on where you are going. Rest in Peace Chris Kyle: View all 37 comments.

    Feb 16, Amanda rated it it was amazing. I'm hesitant to write a review of this book. I'm not a military reader, nor do I usually delve into autobiographies. But, I saw Kyle on a tv interview, and liked how he appeared there.

    I have come away from the book with a better understanding of what the guys on the ground experienced vs. A long time ago when I was studying political science, I studied a mission that failed back in the '70's. I read first hand accounts from the military commander i I'm hesitant to write a review of this book. I read first hand accounts from the military commander in charge, all the way up to de-classified White House stuff. I walked away from that assignment thinking that the Colonel who planned the mission and then had to answer to that "failure" had a better understanding of human nature, goals, and obstacles than the politicians even wanted to think about.

    I walked away from Kyle's book with the same attitude. I wouldn't classify this book as "literature". Literature implies someone who studies and learns a craft then writes a novel. This book is a story. It's value doesn't lie in big words or fancy phrases. The value is in the fact that is has come out so recently after the events have taken place that memories are still fresh. The value of this book is that Kyle wrote the story himself and did not leave it to historians in dusty libraries.

    With time, the matter-of-fact approach will be invaluable to all the poor rubes who will study political science. They will have an excellent first-hand account to draw from. Most of all, I've walked away from this book with a sense of gratefulness that I can be sitting here behind my computer with my dog writing a commentary on a warrior's story while my family is safely at work and school. Thank you Mr. Kyle and military personnel. My condolences to his family and friends. May the work he did helping veterans continue.

    View all 3 comments. Jan 22, Ana O rated it did not like it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. An ode to ritualistic killing. Also, lost count of the number of times Chris mentioned 'evil' and 'savages' when referencing Iraq and Iraqi people. I only wish I had killed more. Toxic masculinity disguised as heroism. This war novel lacks empathy and general humanity.

    Chris Kyle: I am a strong Christian. I suppose I should shut up, lest I offend someone. I mean no disrespect. I think Chris has served his country well but I can't agree with his views. Maybe I read this wrong. Maybe I'm being too sensitive. American Sniper was, sadly, a bust. Has anyone seen the movie? Is it any good, worth watching?

    View all 8 comments. Feb 07, Alex de G rated it did not like it. This book was, without a doubt, one of the worst pieces of literature I have ever wasted my time with. I was recommended this book by a colleague; and I wish I had the hours back that it took to read. The author comes across as an unsympathetic, often racist, gun-ho "shoot first, think later"-type - some of the best quotes: What about his slogan, "violence does solve problems".

    And to close out, Chris attempts to save face "I think America does a lot to support people". Yeah, sure, buddy. What a horrible book. View all 17 comments. Sep 03, Camelia Skiba rated it it was amazing. Curious about it, I picked up the book and browsed through it. I come from a country where patriotism used to be forced down our throat on a daily basis, a continuous lie the communists told us for generations.

    The result of it? We all hated it. After moving to the US I always wondered what drives Americans to stand when the national anthem is played before each game. What unseen force tells them to fly their flag, high on a mast, for the world to see it, for the wind to dance with it.

    What drives them to enroll in the military, leaving all they love and their family and make the ultimate sacrifice. As Chris explains it, it's God, country and family. It's being selfless and the need to protect all that you inherit from your forefathers, believe in, all that you have, and all that you are.

    To most people one time is more than enough. You serve your country, do your duty the best you can and then return home. But not for Chris. He needed to be there among his fellow countrymen, covering them, taking fire for them and protecting them with his life if it meant that was the last thing he'd do. We went there to protect fellow countrymen, fight for our country not Iraq. It's a war that politicians deemed necessary, not our soldiers. They only followed orders.

    As a kid Chris had always dreamt to join the military. A dream he'd fulfilled, lived and finally shared memories of it by writing this biography. From time to time his wife Taya pitched in, giving us an insight of what a family goes through while their loved ones is at war, the constant fear, the anguish, the frustrations. The biography tells untold stories of unknown heroes. It doesn't sugarcoat, doesn't use fancy words and artistic scenes. There's nothing artistic about the war.

    People might or might not agree with his cold-blooded attitude toward the people he killed. But before you throw that stone let me ask you something: God Bless America!

    Jul 05, Nandakishore Varma rated it did not like it. July 6, I watched the movie yesterday. While it's brilliantly shot and exceptionally well-directed, it left me cold. I just could not sympathise with gun-crazy, sociopathic protagonist. I need to read the book now. I do not think I will like it, to judge from a popular quote: Not a perfect one—not close. But I strongly believe in God, Jesus, and the Bible. He may hold me back until last July 6, I watched the movie yesterday.

    He may hold me back until last and run everybody else through the line, because it will take so long to go over all my sins. But what I lean toward is that you know all of your sins, and God knows them all, and shame comes over you at the reality that He knows.

    But in that backroom or whatever it is when God confronts me with my sins, I do not believe any of the kills I had during the war will be among them. Everyone I shot was evil. I had good cause on every shot. They all deserved to die. Maybe that's why he made this movie. July 11, I quit two-thirds of the way through. I cannot put myself any more through this torture.

    Suggestion to the CIA: You will get your confession in no time.

    Review coming July 13, Here's the review as promised. First of all, let me confess that I read the book only because I saw the movie. I am a fan of Clint Eastwood as a director. His war movies Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima , which showed the same battle from American and Japanese viewpoints - and stressed the human element in both of them - I consider to be worthy additions to the genre.

    So I expected more of the same in this movie - however, I was sorely disappointed.

    The protagonist came across as a psycho, and it was not sure whether Clint was rooting for him, or showing us the futility of his battle.

    Well, there is no such ambiguity in the book. Chris Kyle sees the world in black and white: American is good, Texan is excellent, non-American is not-so-good, and Arab is bad. He has no doubt why he is fighting the war in Iraq: He has no qualms about killing; rather, he is at pains to tell us, over and over, that he simply loves it. He is not killing because he is a soldier and it is his duty: You can see plenty of quotes from the book in my status updates.

    They are only a sample. There are a plethora of such gems scattered throughout the book. The portrait of an extremely juvenile character comes out from the book: The themes which are repeated again and again - his addiction to video games, the comic book heroes he tries to emulate, his simple pleasure at shooting a human being - presents the picture of a kid who have never really grown up. And he does not even bother to hide his racism; he says he would have shot any Arab carrying a Koran with pleasure, had the higher-ups allowed it.

    Then people are not "killed" but "murdered". Also, it's interesting to hear him lamenting about the fact that the Arabs hate him just because he is a Christian, and that religion should be about tolerance - when he is ready to drop anybody with a Koran.

    On top of all this bigoted racism, the book is badly written to boot. Of course, he is not a professional writer, but you would expect some coherence and sequence. The narrative comprises short staccato sentences, repetitive descriptions of Kyle's kills interspersed with detailed discussions about arms and military vehicles. I think it would be enjoyable if that kind of thing is your field of interest. His movie bears no relation to this narrative than the bare outline.

    By infusing a storyline into it, introducing murderous Iraqi characters like "The Butcher" who kills children by drilling them , and peppering it with philosophical dialogue, Eastwood has tried to present a sympathetic view of Chris Kyle.

    Whatever you say, Clint, this movie ain't anti-war. Recommended for people who cheer all of America's military interventions abroad. They would enjoy it more, if they are also religious bigots and racists. View all 35 comments. Yes, he did get some help, but it's ultimately his tale.

    Could it have been written better? I don't know, maybe, but I think it would have made the book feel more like a "story", and less like an account of his experiences. Personally, I loved this book. There is no sugar coating, no PC koombyah. This is an account of war, and it seems pretty realistic and gritty. I don't feel like the author was grandstanding or bragging, as I've read some feel in other reviews I've read. I think he comes off as a pretty humble guy who just happens to have the talent to be a great warrior, and he's honest about it.

    What's wrong with that? It's not like he's telling you over and over how awesome he is because he wants your accolaides. Kyle writes in the beginning of his book that he chose to write it because it had come to his attention that others wanted to tell his story, an he figured he'd better tell it himself. I'm so grateful that he did. I laughed, I cried, and I couldn't put the book down. This is a book about a real honest-to-God hero, written by the hero himself. He's not perfect, he's no saint, but he's no doubt a hero.

    Do yourself a favor and check this book out, then share it with your friends. RIP Chris Kyle. Thank you for your service to this country, and thank you for all the charity work you've done in service to your fellow veterans.

    God Bless. View 1 comment. Apr 12, Carmen rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I loved this book, I thought it was excellent. I never, ever planned on reading it or picking it up. The thing that changed my mind about reading it was that a best friend of mine, a man who is about as far from a Navy SEAL as you can get LOL told me that he had read it and thought it was amazing.

    That got my attention. I really know and trust this man and if he was telling me the book was great, I was going to give it a shot. I'm so glad I did. Another thing I look for - and something this book provides - is a glimpse into another world, a world I will never experience.

    I am never going to be military of any kind. So it was fascinating to get this look at someone who made war and soldiering the crux of their existence. Testosterone and manliness are dripping from every single page - the book is drenched in it. It's very exciting to read.

    It was fascinating to read about Kyle. He loves war and he loves killing people. It's fun for him. This fascinates me. He's the kind of guy who gets in a lot and I mean a lot of bar fights.

    He has a temper and also he is not a very patient person, until SEAL sniper training basically beats some patience into him. I also liked the segments that Kyle's wife, Taya, interjects throughout the book. She gives us a view of what life is like as a military wife.

    She struggles hard with the fact that her husband loves his job, his country, and his fellow soldiers more than he loves his wife and children. I couldn't help comparing Kyle and his experiences sniping with James Bond and Bond's experiences with sniping - very similar tactically and talking about the experience, but of course with much different internal dialogue.

    Bond hates sniping and, in fact, hates killing people. I know, I know, Bond is fictional, Kyle is not - but the Bond books are still fresh in my mind from my recent re-reading of the series, so that's the comparison you're going to get. All in all, a great book and one I'm very happy to have read.

    It was fun, informative, and fed my hunger for psychoanalysis. LOL P. I have NOT seen the film. After reading about 50 reviews on GR, I feel like I have to add some thoughts. Listen, Chris Kyle is a man I would never date. A violent man with a bad temper is my nightmare.

    I'm not rating this highly because I think he is a perfect person or anything. The way he treats his wife and children is very poor, in my opinion. He always brushes aside his wife's constant pleas not to re-enlist. Every time he comes home from Iraq he reestablishes his position as "man of the house," what he says goes - with no thought or respect to the schedules and routines his wife has already established in her time alone with the kids.

    His penchant for physical violence, killing, drinking heavily, and bragging non-stop are not attractive qualities to me. These are qualities except for the killing exhibited long before he ever joined up. As a teenager he breaks his hand twice from striking cattle in the head. On two separate occasions. I don't know whether this proves he's dumb or just can't control his temper.

    He's also very involved with the rodeo and loves hunting. Impatient, violent, and hot-tempered are character traits he's had seemingly since birth. I have nothing negative to say on his actions in Iraq. As far as I'm concerned, he has all my respect and thanks for fighting over there. I could never, ever do what he did and if it weren't for people like him I don't know what would happen.

    Some people were saying he is racist in the book or, hmmmm, I don't know, very disrespectful and arrogant towards non-Americans. I agree he was disrespectful and arrogant - but he has been sent over to kill hundreds of "the enemy.

    It would be beyond arrogant and presumptuous of me , someone who has never seen military combat in her life, to judge Kyle's actions in Iraq. The man has no introspective tendencies. He doesn't look inside himself, he doesn't question any of his actions or thoughts. He doesn't examine his life or what he should or shouldn't be doing. He's very single-minded and he doesn't have a thoughtful, reflective bone in his body.

    Whether this makes you happy or makes you disappointed: He sees the world in complete black or white. No grey. The writing quality is - I think everyone can agree - not Pulitzer material. He is writing in a "Hey, buddy, let me tell you what happened last time I was in Iraq! This doesn't bother me, I don't care about that. He's not a writer by trade, and I don't expect him to be.

    This doesn't affect my rating at all. After reading it I had a long argument with my friend who is also interested in psychology whether Chris Kyle was a sociopath or not. I love these kind of "my perspective, tell-all memoirs" that expose a person's psyche to me.

    Tons of people have brought up the scandal of him being very But I don't really care. Him lying or exaggerating in his war stories is just something I can't bring myself to care about. Ditto with the Ventura thing. I feel better for getting all that off my chest now. View all 21 comments. May 26, Brad H rated it it was amazing. I have never really given a book review I have seen several posts by people that have said that the writting is not funcional That might be true.

    I did find a couple of places where I had to reread a sentance or 2 to understand it. I would have to place this on the TOP Shelf. What I found very interesting was it was from his perspective and his inner ordeals. I heard about this book becasue he did an in I have never really given a book review So I added this to my ever growing list of books that I wanted to read.

    There are few books that a person will come in contact with and will truely enjoy. Not only will you cheer for the kill, but, you will find yourself with a tear for the soldiers and family. One of the truely cool things about this book was the added view points of his wife and family. It was a refreshing and devestating feeling to now "know" from their perspective. There is a part in the book, that you know and dread is comming. You know its comming When you do I could go on and on..

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    Kyle's hand and give his wife a hug. Not for an autograph or fame and fortune. Just to say hello and thank you for the book. One of the finest books I have ever read. Brad H. View 2 comments. Mar 03, Manny marked it as not-to-read. Just saw the movie. Clint Eastwood certainly presents the case very efficiently: Though at times I did suspect him of reductio ad absurdum. View all 29 comments. Sep 05, Keith rated it did not like it.

    To start with this book is poorly written which makes it a pain to read, but the real point taken from this book is just how clueless the author can be. Most soldiers I've known have had the good sense to realize they've been lied to and used by the U.


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