American Sniper: Memorial Edition Hardcover – Illustrated, 15 October 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.
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It is heart breaking to discover what ultimately claimed him after all that he and his family went thru. We can only hope that his story serves to shine a bright light on the issues surrounding combat veterans and that we are all much more conscious of the many sacrifices of the brave that serve us. I highly recommend his wife's book, American Wife, to get the full picture.
RIP Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield
While his service and dedication to duty is incredible, most of it was for naught. Iraq remains a hell hole and no amount of killing can rescue that place. I don’t want to sound political, but that war should not have been fought. We accomplished very little. Just a waste of good men.
To quote one of my favorite lines:
“Slap in the middle of absolute insanity people pull out the most extraordinary resources: ingenuity, courage, self-sacrifice. Pity we can't meet the problems of peace in the same way, isn't it? It would be so much cheaper for everybody.”
Guns of Navarone.
Excellent read for anyone interested in Lear ing about combat, growth and recovery of Vets in particular.
I don't know how many times over the decades I have said that to a military veteran. After reading this book I have a substantially better understanding of what being a combat veteran really means. "Thank you" isn't enough.
This isn't a "military thriller", it is an autobiography that is well presented to see into the personality, mind and heart of a patriot who was a military hero ... who was also married, with children. We get personal insights into what drew Chris Kyle into the military, watch him evolve into the SEAL sniper The Legend, but also watch him struggle with the conflict of prioritizing service to his country where he contributed so well, brotherhood loyalty to his SEAL Team, and his family relationships back in the USA. We see brief glimpses of Taya also struggling and growing while she shares some "military wife" personal perspective and challenges she experienced, which I think is an important contribution to help the reader better understand that aspect of Chris' life. Chris Kyle shared himself as a person before, during and after his incredible service, with a lot of information on his military experience that opens eyes for anyone non-military as well as providing some insights into the war from his perspective. Well done.
Knowing the history makes it a harder emotionally but very worthwhile to read through the memorial letters from those who knew Chris, to see how others perceived him as a person beyond The Legend. He touched so many lives. SEAL, family man, good friend to many, hero in so many eyes as a warrior *and* as a human being. And he and his friend died trying to connect with yet another veteran. What a tremendous loss. You can feel the pain of that loss on every memorial page.
This memorial version is also an eye opener regarding our many other active military, veterans, and their families, and needs that may not have been met. Chris described his own struggles to transition to civilian life, and later helped others make that transition. Thousands more are still struggling. Saying "Thank you for your service" just doesn't seem like enough. This autobiography and some of the web site links provided to organizations helping our veterans helped me understand that better.
Read this book as an autobiography that includes substantial insight into Chris Kyle's experiences as a SEAL and sniper, and you won't be disappointed. If you're looking for a Chris Kyle book with more technical information on the weapons, American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms is a good read.