American Sniper by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice

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15 Critic Reviews

American Sniper is a quick read where the narrative is a little choppy as Chris embellishes his recall of missions with commentary. His wife Taya supplies her account at various points which makes the tension their marriage endured more believable.
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Synopsis

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 been made public by the Pentagon.

In this New York Times bestselling memoir, Kyle shares the true story of his extraordinary decade-long career, including his multiple combat tours in Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom) and elsewhere from 1999-2009.

Kyle’s riveting first-person account of how he went from Texas rodeo cowboy to expert marksman and feared assassin offers a fascinating view of modern-day warfare and one of the most in-depth and illuminating looks into the secret world of Special Ops ever written.

 

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Navy SEAL Team 3 Chief Chris Kyle served multiple combat tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom, for which he was awarded seven medals for bravery, including two Silver Stars and five Bronze Stars. Following his combat deployments, he became chief instructor for training Naval Special Warfare Sniper and Counter-Sniper teams and authored the Naval Special Warfare Sniper Doctrine. Today, he is president and CEO of Craft International (www.craftintl.com), a world-class leader in training and security. He lives with his family in Texas.
 
Published January 3, 2012 by William Morrow. 525 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War. Non-fiction
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All: 15 | Positive: 10 | Negative: 5

Kirkus

Excellent
Nov 15 2011

This aggressively written account of frontline combat, with plenty of action and technical nitty-gritty, should appeal to conservative readers and military buffs.

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Blog Critics

Below average
Reviewed by Steve King on Feb 13 2012

American Sniper is a quick read where the narrative is a little choppy as Chris embellishes his recall of missions with commentary. His wife Taya supplies her account at various points which makes the tension their marriage endured more believable.

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Blog Critics

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Reviewed by Steve King on Feb 13 2012

American Sniper is a quick read where the narrative is a little choppy as Chris embellishes his recall of missions with commentary.

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Washington Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Joshua Sinai on Jan 13 2012

Of particular interest is Mr. Kyle’s explanation of how the military services’ special operations units operate, with each having a specialty.

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LA Times

Good
Reviewed by Tony Perry on Mar 05 2012

It may not be what Kyle and his co-authors intended, but the story of strife between husband and wife is what gives "American Sniper" much of its wallop: the truism that even when the shooting stops, the impact of the war on those who fought it, and those who love them, has only begun.

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North County Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Steve Fisher on Feb 05 2012

. . .the book could have been a list of bragging rights, a continuous string of gripping and courageous encounters with possible death, or the inside story of the training of some of America's most skilled warriors. It is all of that and more.

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Volante Online

Excellent
Reviewed by Jordan Foye on Jan 31 2012

The book is fascinating and easy to read, providing a glimpse into the mind of a soldier at war.

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Booking Mama

Below average
Reviewed by Julie P. on Mar 09 2012

AMERICAN SNIPER is not the best written story but is Chris Kyle’s deeply personal account of his experiences as the most prolific sniper in U.S. military history.

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BlackFive

Good
Reviewed by Froggy on Jan 10 2012

If you want to read a brutally honest exposition of what it is that drives warriors to do what they do, told in an informal and conversational manner this book really cannot be beat.

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Lit Stack

Below average
Reviewed by Sam Spokony on Jan 17 2012

. . .Kyle seems content to tell us repeatedly that he did have fun while at war, and that all his enemies deserved to die horrible deaths.

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Toothy Books

Good
Reviewed by Toothy on Feb 13 2012

I know this is one of those books that are going to stay with me for a really long time.

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David Forsmark

Good
Reviewed by David Forsmark on Apr 05 2012

. . .may not be the best war memoir ever written, but it might be the most unapologetic since George S. Patton's War as I Knew It.

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Books Galore

Below average

Many people would probably be offended by the language in this book.

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AviationIntel.com

Good
Reviewed by Ty Rogoway on Feb 10 2012

This heart-pounding story of a man turned into a trained killing machine is one of the best books on the realities of modern warfare I have read in some time.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Douglas Ernst on Jan 17 2012

. . .will make you realize just how much we take the civilized world—and life—for granted.

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