American Sniper by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice

74%

30 Critic Reviews

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

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. 461 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War. Non-fiction
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All: 30 | Positive: 22 | Negative: 8

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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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Gail Welborn on Oct 17 2013

Although the book reads like a fiction story, it’s a true account that celebrates the life and legacy of Chris Kyle and his fellow warriors. All of America owes this amazing man and his friends a huge “thank you” for their service that saved fellow American lives.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Ricky Brown on Aug 28 2013

American Sniper by Chris Kyle presents this autobiographical account with the same dignity and honor for which he served. War is a dirty revolting business involving real people and this book takes you there.

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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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Breitbart

Good
Reviewed by Zachary Leeman on Jan 03 2012

Its blunt style gives it both personality and insight and, most importantly, a great technique to tell the story. Chief Kyle is a real life hero.

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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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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by BaltimoreBirds on Sep 04 2014

American Sniper is a book everyone should read. I would certainly recommend it to anyone because of how intricate and engaging it is. Kyle's stories unravel in a powerful way, and you will find yourself not wanting to put the book down.

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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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Before It's News

Excellent
on Sep 23 2012

This book is riveting, gut-wrenching, and unforgettable. It’s not just an extraordinary war memoir that gives readers a glimpse of what the whole Iraq situation is really like. It’s also an emotional and moving story — warts and all — about a hero’s journey from ordinary citizen to warrior...

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BlackFive

Good
Reviewed by Elise Cooper on Oct 24 2013

...it also allows Americans to openly remember the warrior and the regular guy who decided to share his life, views, and personality. He did not only touch those who personally knew him but readers as well.

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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

...aside from giving some background information about his SEAL training, experiences during his four tours of duty in Iraq...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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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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A Musing Reviews

Below average
on Jan 19 2012

Kyle is a great soldier and admirable in his service. My problems are with the writing style, not the subject or the author. He has interesting stories to tell. The telling however, lacks clarity and cohesiveness.

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Alison's Book Marks Blog

Excellent
Reviewed by Alison Skap on Oct 15 2013

I had already read Chris Kyle's American Sniper when I heard of his tragic death....this is really one you need to read. God Bless his family, may Chris rest in peace.

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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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Mike Kueber's Blog

Good
Reviewed by Mike Kueber on Aug 13 2012

American Sniper is an interesting, informative book that makes you proud to be from the same country as these two fine people.

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Sabers, Spurs and a Pink Stetson

Excellent
Reviewed by Ashley on Jan 12 2012

I want you all to read this book. It's full of vision, it's full of gritty and hard-core SEAL ops, it's full of passion for his job, it's full of heart. It's looking through the cross hairs and seeing his portion of the war.

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Mrs. Mommy's Booknerd's Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Emily Lewis on Nov 23 2013

Adrenaline-charged and deeply personal, American Sniper is a thrilling eyewitness account of war that only one man could tell.

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bigWOWO

Good
Reviewed by bigWOWO on Apr 06 2013

This was a great read. I think anyone interested in the military will enjoy it. It’s sad that Kyle’s life was cut short only a few years after he decided to embark on his new family life.

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Cold Read Blog

Below average
Reviewed by craigmaas on Feb 12 2012

I found the stories interesting, but the book doesn’t seem to have a point. At least not one that I would subscribe to. Chris Kyle is a good-old-boy from Texas and comes across as such. The writing should have been much better. I won’t fault Chris for that, but what about his two co-writers.

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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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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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Douglas Ernst

Good
on Jan 10 2012

I highly suggest reading American Sniper. When you’re done you’ll have a deeper respect for the work that guys like Chris do, but you’ll also see why modern American conservatism is the last, best hope to preserving our great nation.

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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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