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American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History Mass Market Paperback – 29 January 2013
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The #1 New York Times bestselling memoir of U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle, and the source for Clint Eastwood's blockbuster movie which was nominated for six academy awards, including best picture.
From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. His fellow American warriors, whom he protected with deadly precision from rooftops and stealth positions during the Iraq War, called him "The Legend"; meanwhile, the enemy feared him so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle, who was tragically killed in 2013, writes honestly about the pain of war--including the deaths of two close SEAL teammates--and in moving first-person passages throughout, his wife, Taya, speaks openly about the strains of war on their family, as well as on Chris. Gripping and unforgettable, Kyle's masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the great war memoirs of all time.
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062238868
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I gave the book 5 stars, but that doesn’t mean it’s perfect. This is the original version of the book that contains the “Punching Out Scruff Face” section, which has been deleted from subsequent versions of the book after Jesse Ventura sued the author and publisher for defamation, and won. That’s an indication that other parts of the narrative could be embellishments, or exaggerations, or just plain misleading through bad communication. For instance on page 314 the narrative says Fort Irwin is in San Bernardino. Yes, Fort Irwin is in San Bernardino County, but when I hear San Bernardino without “county” on the end of the name I think of the city by the same name, which is quite a drive from Fort Irwin.
Also, because this book was published before the author was murdered, there is no mention of the author being killed by a mentally disturbed Marine veteran.
In comparison, here’s how I rated some comparable books I’ve read in the past couple of years: “Civilian Warriors” (2014) by Eric Prince (4 stars); “Blackwater” (2008) 2 stars; “Big Boy Rules” (2009) 3 stars; “The Strongest Tribe” (2009) by Bing West (4 stars); “Unbroken” (2014) by Laura Hillenbrand (4 stars); “Ghost Soldiers” (2001) audiobook (5 stars); “Shadow Divers” (2004) audiobook (5 stars). I’ll stop there. I could keep listing books all day, going back to the first crusades.
Also a great reminder that the men and women who serve our country have chosen to serve on their own accord, but they are not the ones who voted to go to war. They do not deserve blame for the war- they deserve thanks and recognition for their (and their families') sacrifices. They are doing a job that they have been ordered to do, and those decisions come from policymakers and representatives that THE GENERAL PUBLIC have elected. When you see a vet, thank them for their service, regardless of your stance on whether the war they fought was justified or not! They may very well share your opinion, whatever that may be, but they committed to following through on the job that they were given, regardless of personal opinion.