American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History
Gripping, eye-opening, and powerful, American Sniper is the astonishing autobiography of SEAL Chief Chris Kyle, who is the record-holding sniper in U.S. military history. Kyle has more than 150 officially confirmed kills (the previous American record was 109), though his remarkable career total has not b...more
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I found no propaganda whatsoever in the book. I did find an honest insight into one person's perspective -- one that was often intriguiging, unexpected, and sometimes I even disagreed with his views. But it was his experiences with war. The book was really about the conflict between loyalties--his loyalty to his country and--perhaps more importantly--his loyalty to his "brothers" in arms, and how that loyalty conflicted with his loyalty to his family, and the impact it had on his marriage.
Yes, he gives personal views -- he's pro-gun, anti-welfare, etc.. -- but while I'm not those things, I understand that I'm getting a look at who this man was, not a debate on those topics. He also talks about he could care less about Iraq or whoever he was killing. All he knew was that Congress sent a bunch of Americans into a war zone and bad guys were trying to kill his brothers and he was going to keep that from happening... and he LOVED it. He made no bones about that he loved killing "bad guys." I found the honesty both in his viewpoints and his criticisms of the military to be refreshing, and they made it seem real.
Forget about embedding reporters in platoons in conflict. This book gets you inside the head of a soldier while he's looking through the scope of his sniper rifle, as bullets are flying and buddies dying beside him. It's 100X better than watching news video from an embedded reporter.
If that kind of insight into a soldier's psyche doesn't interest you, then this book isn't for you. It's real, it's gritty and it's honest -- and for some people that will make it distasteful. (less)
To begin with, I'm not sure who to credit for this bit of writing; I suspect that Kyle contributed little but the anecdotal accounts and his name to the effort, as two other names are listed with his on the cover. Interestingly, his wife is not given any co-author status although she provides significant input throughout the book.
Now all feelings abo ...more
If people honestly still ...more
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 ...more
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:
“I am a strong Christian. Not a perfect one—not close. But I strongly believe in God, Jesus, and the Bible. When I die, God is going to hold me accountable for everything I’ve done on earth. He may hold me back until last...more
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:
* "I don't shoot people with Korans - I'd like to, but I don't"
* "At times, [killing] was a game"
* "Giving them [the Iraqi people] the tools they needed to progress is not what ...more
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 wond ...more
I'm so glad I did. This is a fun, wild ride - which is EXACTLY what ...more
I have seen several posts by people that have said that the writting is not funcional...or displaced ? That might be true. I did find a couple of places where I had to reread a sentance or 2 to understand it.
However, after reading maybe close to 500 + Novels....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 ...more
Clint Eastwood certainly presents the case very efficiently: if only we could kill all the people who hate America, the world would be a better place. Though at times I did suspect him of reductio ad absurdum.
I've known plenty of soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, they signed up for the military to DEFEND our country then they're shipped overseas to OFFEND other countries. Most soldiers I've known have had the good sense to realize they've been lied to and used by the U.S. government for war profiteering. This author however thinks Iraqis are "evil" fo ...more
This story takes us into the training life, the professional life, and also ...more
On one hand, this book was an interesting look into the day-to-day life of a soldier. Mr. Kyle seems to have no qualms admitting to the less glamorous sides of war, including the bureaucracy surrounding everything a soldier does. On the other, he seems to have not pondered much the implications behind the war that he helped fight. I’m not anti-war, though I know it is a complicated topic. Kyle doesn’t seem to agree. He didn’t seem to have time to think about such things when he was busy ...more
War sucks, and is almost always wrong.
This book did nothing to change my opinion on that.
It was very familiar reading Chris's experience and understandings and recognizing myself when I join the Marine Corps both to fight for my country and to prove myself right before the first gulf war. I was both a patriot and a romantic. Now I am neither, but instead I wis ...more
They also gave me a name: al-Shaitan Ramadi—“the Devil of Ramadi.”
The American troops he worked with called him, "The Legend." So take your pick "the Devil of Ramadi" or "The Legend?" They both sound pretty bada$$ to me!!!!
“The Navy credits me with more kills as a sniper than any other American service member, past or present."
What fascinated me most with this book was being able ...more
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this... I may not agree with everything Chris says but I admire and respect him... he's a got a strong sense of faith and patriotism. He made things that would normally have my eyes gloss over sound interesting and compelling.
I loved wh ...more
After just a few pages it became apparent that to fairly review Kyle’s book one must first, and separately, express one’s views on Kyle himself. Then, and only then, will I be able to review the book itself.
In my younger days I served as a Navy corpsman assigned to a Marine Corps unit. I found th ...more
First, as this is a book about a soldier who killed people in a highly controversial war, I'm going to say that my review will be as devoid of politics as possible. I saw the movie prior to reading the book and most of the reviews of the movie are worthless; half are "he was a murderer of poor, innocent, oppressed minorities" and the other half were "we messed up when we didn't nuke the entire Middle East after 9/11." That's neither here nor there. I come from a long li ...more
The writing is awkward and clunky, push through this. The story is not about the words Chris wrote; it is about the emotions his words conveyed. At times, this story had me choking back tears. At times, I was appalled at Chris and his buddies' views on death and war. At times, it seemed as if cha ...more
(Update Feb 5, 2013-- Chris Kyle shot to death at shooting range)
Chris Kyle is a former United States Navy SEAL, who with 255 kills, 160 of them officially confirmed by the Pentagon, is the deadliest marksman in United States military history.Kyle served four tours in the second Iraq war, and was awarded the Bronze and Silver Star medals multiple times. In addition he was aw ...more