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American Sniper : The Autobiography of Seal Chief Chris Kyle, the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History - Chris Kyle

American Sniper

The Autobiography of Seal Chief Chris Kyle, the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

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SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY CLINT EASTWOOD

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.

He is the deadliest American sniper ever, called "the devil" by the enemies he hunted and "the legend" by his Navy SEAL brothers . . .

About the Author

SEAL Team 3 Chief Chris Kyle (1974-2013) served four combat tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom and elsewhere. For his bravery in battle, he was awarded two Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars with Valor, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and one Navy and Marine Corps Commendation. Additionally, he received the Grateful Nation Award, given by the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs. Following his combat deployments, he became chief instructor for training Naval Special Warfare Sniper and Counter-Sniper teams, and he authored the Naval Special Warfare Sniper Doctrine, the first Navy SEAL sniper manual. A native Texan, he served as president of Craft International, a world-class leader in training and security, while devoting much of his spare time to helping disabled veterans. Chief Kyle is survived by his wife and their two children.

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Great Book

This is a story about a down to earth human being who found himself on the front line in the war following 9/11 This book is a must read for anyone who wants to...Read complete review

This is a story about a down to earth human being who found himself on the front line in the war following 9/11 This book is a must read for anyone who wants to know more about the troops and the work that they do with a blow by blow account of the things that the troops have to deal with on a daily basis. Even if you do not support the war in Iraq and elsewhere you will find this book a trip you will not forget in a hurry.
Chris Kyle is a modern day hero of the USA a proud Texan and Father his legacy will live on for a long long time. In a time when he was sometimes surrounded by lesser men Chris is a humble and sincere person who will be missed hugely by his surviving family and many many others.

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I was a bit disappointed with this book for some one who makes claims that he was not hero the Author seem to spend a lot of the book telling the reader how great he...Read complete review

I was a bit disappointed with this book for some one who makes claims that he was not hero the Author seem to spend a lot of the book telling the reader how great he thought he was.
Also he spent a lot of time bagging any nationalities.

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    Great read start to finish, and provides a very real feeling insight into what it would have been like in the military deployment world.

     
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      I was a bit disappointed with this book for some one who makes claims that he was not hero the Author seem to spend a lot of the book telling the reader how great he thought he was.
      Also he spent a lot of time bagging any nationalities.

       
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      A MUST READ - GREAT TRUE STORY

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        It's a great story that is real to the core, I couldn't put the book down and had to keep reading to find out what happened next. You truly don't realise and understand how much one lives and sacrifices when going to war and serving their country and this book is a true reflection of that. Unbelievable- will definitely read this book again.

         
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          Bought this book as a gift for my son, who is planning to join ADF. He loved it.

           
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            i loved this book and having seen the movie this was incredibe

             
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                This book provides great insight into the human side of a sniper in the 21st century.

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                Fantastic insight of a sniper's life.

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                    It is great to read about the experiences of a sniper to who is interested in that area.

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                      Incredibly interesting read, couldn't put the book down! Amazing insight into modern warefare as told by a highly respected American Navy SEAL.

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                      Tells how superb training wins through.

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                        What an iteresting career this man had.
                        Superbly trained, loyal to his friends and dedicated to taking the fight to his countries' enemies. This book is very matter of fact about his participation in combat and one feels somewhat lucky to survive. It also gives the thoughts of his wife about what she went through at the same time. It's unfortunate he was then murdered by an ex service man he was helping rehabilitate after he left the SEALS.

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                        "Chris Kyle tells his story with the same courage and grit he displayed in life and on the battlefield. American Sniper is a compelling read." -- CLINT EASTWOOD "An amazingly detailed account of fighting in Iraq--a humanizing, brave story that's extremely readable." -- PATRICIA CORNWELL, New York Times Book Review "In the elite community of warriors, one man has risen above our ranks and distinguished himself as unique. Chris Kyle is that man. A master sniper, Chris has done and seen things that will be talked about for generations to come." -- MARCUS LUTTRELL, author of Lone Survivor "Chris Kyle was incredible, the most celebrated war hero of our time, a true American hero in every sense of the word." -- D Magazine "The raw and unforgettable narrative of the making of our country's record-holding sniper, Chris Kyle's memoir is a powerful book, both in terms of combat action and human drama. Chief Kyle is a true American warrior down to the bone, the Carlos Hathcock of a new generation." -- CHARLES W. SASSER, Green Beret (US Army Ret.) and author of One Shot, One Kill "Reads like a first-person thriller narrated by a sniper. The bare-bones facts are stunning. ... A first-rate military memoir." -- BOOKLIST #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER -- No Source "American Sniper is the inside story of what it's like to be in war. A brave warrior and patriot, Chris Kyle writes frankly about the missions, personal challenges, and hard choices that are part of daily life of an elite SEAL Sniper. It's a classic!" -- RICHARD MARCINKO (USN, Ret.), First Commanding Officer of SEAL Team Six and #1 bestselling author of Rogue Warrior

                        ISBN: 9780062238863
                        ISBN-10: 0062238868
                        Audience: General
                        Format: Paperback
                        Language: English
                        Number Of Pages: 448
                        Published: 1st March 2013
                        Publisher: HARPER PRISM
                        Country of Publication: US
                        Dimensions (cm): 19.1 x 10.8  x 2.7
                        Weight (kg): 0.25