American Sniper: the Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History (Hardback)
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DescriptionHe 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.
- Published: 01 March 2012
- Format: Hardback 400 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780062082350 ISBN 10: 0062082353
- Sales rank: 11,224
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Reviews for American Sniper
Great until half time.
Positives: From a "bloke's" perspective this book is a fun ride. The author takes you through his Navy SEAL training regime; the hazings; the banter and the camaraderie that exists in the team. He spends a good deal of time talking through the various weaponry and its pros / cons; the kit he carried in battle and reminisces on an incredible number of skirmishes he found himself in over his years. The author is a redneck in all senses of the word, a good 'ol boy from Texas, and he makes it pretty clear that this is the case and this attitude comes through in his writing.
Negatives: By the end of the book I was well over all the death and carnage. While I expected a book of this nature not to talk about much else, rather than going into specific incidents in a high level of detail or drama the author covers a large number of incidents, most with a smaller amount of information on how it all happened. So you find yourself flicking from story to story very quickly about this kill and that kill. The story is also punctuated with input from his wife taking you into what it's like being the wife of a SEAL. At times I read what she had to say and while it was remotely interesting I tended to find myself flicking through the pages where her text appeared.
Overall: I found the first half a great read, the second half I struggled with because of the amount of incidents covered... it often felt like it wasn't going anywhere. by Ben