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The White Sniper: Simo Hayha

3.17  ·  Rating details ·  191 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Simo Hayha (1905 - 2002) is the most famous sniper in the world. During the Winter War fought between Russia and Finland in 1939 - 1940 he had 542 confirmed kills with iron sights, a record that still stands today. He has been a role model for snipers all over the world and paved the way for them by demonstrating their significance on the battlefield.

Simo Hayha was a man
Hardcover, 190 pages
Published November 2nd 2016 by Casemate
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Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Its obvious that the writer cared a lot for this project/book, as he got to know the subject matter Simo Häyhä quite well.

Sadly though, it doesn't translate into a great finished product.

There's quite a bit of repetition, especially in the beginning, one glaring example is when the writer quotes one of Simo's old time neighbours and the quote just repeats something said in the previous section...
There are also errors in maps, for example a map showing Kollaa's location in 1939 Finland, OK, but
Ana-Maria Bujor
Dec 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, history
I see the author really cares about the subject and admires Simo Hayha, while also being very dedicated to the military and his country. I like enthusiasm and respect and this book shows both. Unfortunately we are not all writers. The part about the actual sniping during the war is very short and most of the book is repetitive. I understand that mr. Hayha was a withdrawn person, who wanted not to attract attention. In this case, you get information somewhere else, try to build the story. Other ...more
Juan Duarte
Apr 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
This is a short read for sure, but covers the facts in great detail. Part biography, part history book and part training manual!
Feb 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Huvitav ja oodatust lühem kirjeldus Simo elust, tegudest Talvesõjas ja ajast pärast sõda. Raamat valmistas kerge pettumuse sellega, et sisaldas palju täitematerjali: Simost ja temaga otseselt seonduvast räägib ainult raamatu esimene osa, umbes 30-35%. Sellest edasine oli samuti huvitav lugemine, aga mitte enam snaiprist endast vaid üldisem taust Soome täpsuslaskurite kultuurist.

Lühike, mugav ja pealiskaudne. Ajalooline ajaviide.
César Augusto
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Devido a tamanha escassez de filmes ou documentários sobre Simo Häykä, o maior sniper de todos os tempos, fiquei muito curioso e feliz quando o livro foi lançado, por que estava ávido para conhecer a história do homem que conseguiu enfrentar a União Soviética e saiu vencedor, é um feito extraordinário. O livro em si é bom afinal o autor entrevistou Simo pessoalmente o que dá um peso enorme a obra, entretanto há partes muito específicas, para quem gosta de tiro ou tem interesse na arte de ser ...more
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
The authors clear bias is unfortunate as the life of Simo spoke for itself. No need to hypoerbolize (or cause the audience to think you are)

The number of incredible, intimate photos really sends this through the roof though - amazing story, and my goodness the author got some amazing photos that are surely due to his close relationship with the subject. So in the aggregate I guess its agood thing they were friends, not objective writer and subject.
Robert R. Anderson Jr
Incredible research and analysis, very well written. Very hard to put down.

Avery limited subject but very interesting and complete in research and analysis and well written.
Helped me understand the soviet-finn winter war at the individual soldier's level.
Dec 12, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was described as a biography, which to some extent it is. I expected it to be like other similar military biographies which give accounts of what the subject did. If that is what you are after, do not buy this book. Very early on, the writer tells us that the subject, Simo, would not discuss personal experiences. This leads to very generalized descriptions of campaigns and the like rather than stories of his exploits. The author also continually makes statements of how brave, fit and strong ...more
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An impressive life. Incredible courage and daring in the face of overwhelming odds. It truly must have been an uncertain time full of fear. this seems to be a well researched and written book. I am still new to the non fiction side of WWII. I am slowly becoming braver to read more about overcoming adversary. I admire this character greatly for his eternal humbleness about his actions during such a horrible time... I have no hesitation in recommending this book to others. Just have a patient mind ...more
Jarl Balgruuf
Mar 17, 2018 rated it liked it
As is usual for this sort of book, there's a lot of pro-Finland propaganda, so prepare for that. There is a lot of interesting information drowned out by a lot of not so interesting information. If you're interested in Simo, this is a must-read, just be prepared to skim over some of the more general information.
David L. Bleivik
Sniper bio

This was a relatively interesting. Simo s sorry is a powerful one,and
, But the writer did not provide enough of the story. Ironically if they ever make a movie. It will be better than the book. The author did not get enough of the story. It was more a military analysis book
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An extremely important historical source for those interested in the history of military snipers. Very poorly written, in that information is repeated and repeated again throughout the book, as if the author wrote snippets or chapters throughout the years he interviewed Simu, and then compiled the book, but failed to edit anything. Still an invaluable historical work.
Apr 03, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was honestly expecting it to be some kind of memoir or personal accounts of his experiences during field combat. The book was mostly on what the sniper training was in Finland during those times and just describing how Simo was an outstanding soldier. Disappointing really.
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A REAL Warrior

Dump personified the true definition of warrior. He was a patriot, a warrior as well as a human being. Salutes to him for his magnificent fears in a most difficult environment.
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
Aug 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
This is not a book; it's much closer to a high-school essay.
Buck Amey
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A good read for all of you want to be up to all about a sniper in a war. Started could not put it down.
Tony Rublaitus
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book is filled with information and biographical information about the sniper with the highest recorded kill count in history. I learned a lot about Simo Häyhä by reading this book.
Jul 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 ;)
Jan 15, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Very short story that has not too many real facts in it. The author is a big fan of Simo but many repeating paragraphs and story lines spoiled the book for me.
Geoff (G. Robbins) (merda constat variat altitudo)
A fascinating story of the legendary sniper responsible for the highest number of kills of any sniper. The story of a man who was fighting for his homeland when Finland was invaded by Soviet Russia in 1940.

Regrettably, the author is not up to the task of writing this biography.

This book could have been brilliant but was reduced to a catalogue of events rather than a flowing narrative. Sad, as this would make a superb film that would make Enemy at the Gates seem like a walk in the park.
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