American SniperChris Kyle, Scott McEwen & Jim DeFelice

American Sniper

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American Sniper by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen & Jim DeFelice Book Summary

The #1 New York Times bestselling memoir of U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle, and the source for Clint Eastwood’s blockbuster, Academy-Award nominated movie. 

“An amazingly detailed account of fighting in Iraq--a humanizing, brave story that’s extremely readable.” — PATRICIA CORNWELL, New York Times Book Review

"Jaw-dropping...Undeniably riveting." —RICHARD ROEPER, Chicago Sun-Times

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.

American Sniper (Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen & Jim DeFelice) Book Reviews

Eh...I wanted this book to be good. What he went through and his story is intriguing, and as a veteran of the Iraq war I can relate on several things, but the book didn't capture my attention and have me not wanting to put it down like some books do. I wanted to read it before watching the movie. This might be one case where the movie does the story more justice than the book does..Score: 3/5

AmazingThis is the type of book you can't put down. I dreaded sleeping because all I wanted to do was read this book..Score: 5/5

GreatOne of the best books I have ever read.Score: 5/5

American HeroWhat an honor to have spent the last week walking in the boots of Chris Kyle, and to get a very real glimpse into the days and nights of a true American Hero! I hurt for Taya and the kids, and family of Chris, having to go on with life without their beloved husband, father, brother, and son. It doesn't seem fair that a family who so graciously lived through Chris' absence while he served the Country that he loved should be deprived of the years of peace that he and they were set to enjoy. There is comfort in the belief that God knew that Chris had served his days here on Earth with honor and distinction, and that he had earned an Honorable Discharge to join his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in Heaven..Score: 5/5

Omg best bookA must read book.Score: 5/5

FantasticAn easy read and amazing story.Score: 4/5

Great BookA very good book that gives great insight as to what soldiers go though to defend our country. You might not agree with Mr. Kyle's viewpoints all the time, but you can't help but respect what he and other veterans (of all political stripes) have given of themselves for this nation. Rest in peace Mr. Kyle. And thank you for your service..Score: 5/5

American SniperAwesome read!!!.Score: 5/5

American SniperBy far one of the greatest books that has been written by a Navy SEAL......Score: 5/5

American SniperWatched the movie first then read the book. Both were awesome and inspirational. Fantastic..Score: 5/5

Incredibly amazing storyWhat a great story. “You cant make this stuff up”, as my Dad would say. Thank you Chris, and the men and women who fight for our freedom everyday. Thank you Taya for helping share this story through a book, and a movie..Score: 5/5

WowThis honestly was one of the best books I've ever read! It was amazing, not the topical book you pick up and read. It was amazing..and that's all I'm gonna say. You just need to read it for yourself..Score: 5/5

ScottProud to have been in the military.Score: 5/5

WowProbably the best book I have read ever. I am a OEF VET so I know how it feels n the author told it well. HOOAH!!!!!.Score: 5/5

American sniperIt was a great book. Especially the pictures at the end. I thought it was really cool. My favorite chapter was mortality. I love reading about navy seals and marines. And if you liked this book than you might want to try " No Easy day..Score: 5/5

Excellent !!!This is an excellent, extremely well written book, by an outstanding American. It may very well be the best book you've ever read..Score: 5/5

Very inspiring storyHe’s a true patriot and a great example.Score: 5/5

Amazing man!!!I can only say the book was moving in that his sacrifices and experiences moved me in my life..Score: 5/5

BadHorrible book.Score: 5/5

Could not stop readingWhat an amazing American. I read this book on vacation sitting under a palm - could not stop reading his well written adventures. I realized my freedoms and my opportunity to sit under this tree are provided by Hero's like Chris. God bless his family. I can't wait to see the movie!.Score: 5/5

AmazingI love this book. Chris Kyle is such an inspiration and an amazing man I would say hero but Chris didn't want to be known as that he just wanted to be known as Chris. But that doesn't stop me from saying that he is a legend and a straight out great man. May he rest In peace!.Score: 5/5

American SniperThis is a great book done by Chris Kyle and involves his training and his wife Kris, who unfortunately was slain at a gun range in TX somewhere..Score: 5/5

American sniperI really loved this book, everyone should read it..Score: 5/5

American sniperAmazing book. Definite read.Score: 5/5

NO SUBTITLES!!??????It would be a GREAT movie to watch if it had SPANISH subtitles!!!!.Score: 2/5

Great quick read by a down-to-earth straight-shooter (pun intended).Five stars..Score: 5/5

AmazingI could not put this book down! It is very well written and gives amazing incite on what war is really like. I would recommend this book to everyone I know..Score: 5/5

American SniperJust finished this most excellent book the night before the movie opens. Five stars for the book, and I'm sure five stars for the movie! I'm planning to see it tomorrow. This story deserves every Oscar it's been nominated for..Score: 5/5

A True American HeroThis book was a first hand account of what American patriot and hero Chris Kyle witnessed serving our country as a Navy SEAL. His actions and stories should be required reading for all true Americans..Score: 5/5

Proud to be an AmericanA terrific book..Score: 5/5

Great book!!!What a struggle between family, country and military values and goals. I could only put this book down before falling asleep..Score: 5/5

This book is awesomeProbably one of the best books I have ever read. You should only purchase this book though if you like the war type action thriller books. It was well written and a great book over all! It is a must read and definitely worth paying for..Score: 5/5

Amazing bookThis book is amazing and everyone should read it in order to gain only a piece of what this amazing man went through to provide us with freedom!!!.Score: 5/5

American SniperReal Story, Real Hero 'Nuff Said.Score: 5/5

A DisappointmentI've read a number of books written by our returning servicemen. By far, this was the most self absorbed. I felt I was listening to a middle schooler. That being said, I am sorry about what ultimately happened to this fellow and do hope his family is doing well..Score: 1/5

IncredibleThis book was amazing in every way! Really gets you thinking and creates a whole new respect for our military..Score: 5/5

A true heroFantastic book to read. Lots of information on what our military faced in Iraq as told through the eyes of a true hero and patriot. Read the book. You won't be sorry. Rip Chris Kyle..Score: 5/5

Must read!Awesome book! A must read if you like military books!.Score: 5/5

American sniperLiterally the best book ever.Score: 5/5

Great ReadAmazing story's by a true American legend and hero. Read it and respect the sacrifices men like him make for us every day..Score: 5/5

Wow.Words cannot describe this book. It's openness and honesty are amazing. By the end of the book not only do you have a deeper appreciation for the men and women of our armed forces, you feel like you've made a friend in Chris Kyle. Like you actually know him. It's like he was actually talking to you the whole time. After I read the book, I went and watched a couple of his interviews online from when he was still alive. I then watched a part of his funeral online just to see what it was like. I cried. Even though it was 2 years ago, I felt like I had lost a friend..Score: 5/5

WowBest book and movie I have ever read and watched it is a amazing story!.Score: 5/5

Great ReadThanks for sharing your experience with us civvies. It helped me understand much better the former Navy SEAL I work with on a daily basis. I appreciated your honest and thorough approach. The history of the Colt and American West was quite enjoyable..Score: 5/5

Very Good BookAs a member of the 101st Airborne and a sniper during the mid 60s I found this book to be interesting. A thin line walked by a warrior telling just enough to keep you interested without extending past the confines of missions and the requirement to maintain classified information. Such is the world of operators..Score: 5/5

Thank you & great read!Thank you for sharing your experiences. This was a great book and gave interesting insight not only to SEAL sacrifices, but all those in service. My husband serves in the Army and for some reason these military books intrigue me! Thank you for your service and sacrifice...Score: 5/5

American sniper interesting but lacking insightAside from the interesting facts presented and the easy readability, the author attempts to explain instances occurring while at home. I have known many of these guys And Chris was in good company in lacking a deep insight into himself. Maybe if he had lived longer it may have come to him but so many of them live the "facade" of who they are. The book lets us know how far we need to go to rehabilitate these ex soldiers.Score: 4/5

Amazing book!This book was amazing. Chris kyle described his story so good. Chris kyle was a true hero. R.I.P Chris you will be remembered!.Score: 5/5

WasteNo good at all.Score: 1/5

HeroI don't read many books but this was one I couldn't put down. Chris Kyle is a true American hero. May God bless you and your family and always live on in your heart.Thank you for allowing him to do what was truly a passion to him..Score: 5/5

Excellent!Great book! Can't wait to see the film!.Score: 5/5

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Great ReadAs a member of the Military, I really enjoyed reading this well done book. Throughout the entire book, I found it extremely difficult to put it down as it had my attention the whole time. I also really appreciated the author including the emotional and heart felt passages of his wife which rockets this book to a whole other level. I will read again for sure. MPC.Score: 5/5

AmazingOne of the better books I've read in a long time, couldnt put it down. Would read again..Score: 5/5

Love itI was consumed by this book and I am not a big reader. It takes an especially good book to capture my attention then keep it..Score: 5/5

Interesting but course language is a downsideThere was some pretty course language in this book. Over all a pretty interesting read..Score: 2/5

American SniperRah, rah, rah Stars and Bars forever, Blah, blah, blah, Whatever...whatever.Score: 3/5

Great readHaven't read a lot of books but loved this one kept me into the story till the end didn't want to put it down most of the time.Score: 4/5

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The perfect novel for a bigot/racistAbsolutely deplorable, nothing but dehumanizing content. All this book does is glorify murder and legitimize a war that has traumatized millions, but somehow the killer garners sympathy..Score: 1/5

Brutally honest, amazing story.Far better than the movie. A very gritty and uncompromising biography which gives a fascinating insight into some major battles in Iraq. Chris Kyle doesn't hold back on his views, which may offend some, not me though. Great book, well worth a read..Score: 4/5

AmazingThis is one of the best books i have read in a long time. It is an emotional roller coaster and has a happy ending. If you see this buy this book..Score: 5/5

My first e-bookAn insightful account of a war I knew little about and about SEAL's. Thank you for your efforts to record your life and the role you played. One day I hope we have leaders of peace and super trained peacemakers rather than the need for war makers! Maybe when we have no men!.Score: 5/5

CringeworthyReligious and patriotic zealotry used to justify violence against so many people, stateside and abroad. PTSD and firearms yielded a very said ending. Arrogant, xenophobic and ignorant of anything counter to his own ideology and culture..Score: 1/5

Fantastic bookA fantastic book which gave a deep insite into one of America's greatest heroes. My deepest respect and condolences to his family and friends with his passing. The world, I'm sure, is a lesser place without him..Score: 5/5

Confronting, Inspiring. RealA brilliant read. Just the facts from a SEAL. We owe everything that we enjoy today to these men. A very frank insight into the mind of a battle hardened man, his experiences and ramifications to those closest. Lest We Forget..Score: 5/5

Grabs the conscienceHard to read this and not see this mans entire life as an injustice: of religious belief and patriotic and voluntary sacrifice. In the end he paid for his beliefs and so did his family, I may not entirely agree with Chris's beliefs but I admire his dedication and the sacrifice he and his family ultimately paid..Score: 5/5

American SniperHow can this disgusting book on someone who loves to kill, it is not a job but reads to me as a passion. Many Middle Eastern good people must cringe at the black and white attitude of this so called God fearing person. I am Australian I am so glad we have strict gun laws here that children are not indoctrinated into this "killing" culture as they do in the USA from a very young age. Many Americans I know feel ashamed that this person was American. If you are a sniper why advertise it? All that so called razing in the corps a friend of mine is " in the job" in Afghanistan and he told me that there is a lot of delusional bull dust going on in this person's mind. Yes it goes on but not the that extent. No wonder he got murdered..Score: 1/5

American sniperSo well written, so easy to read, what an unbelievable storey about life and war!.Score: 5/5

Great read, thanks for sharing your experience.I'm from Australia where things are relatively laid back on the military side of things. However I do value these guys the put there lives on the line against the radical elements. I'm so happy their marriage withstood the test of ware. His wife must be amazing also. I would love to someday travel to the US to meet them both..Score: 5/5

"The best persepctive "A thought provoking book this one. From the eyes and mind of the sniper himself, i was intrigued as to a Seals mindset as the sniper. Thoroughly enjoyed chris kyles honesty in his book. Looking forward to seeing the movie!!.Score: 4/5

American SniperA very inspiring individual. Honest in his writing and his life. Great to read something written without the boasting or superhero aspect to it. Just the account of a man who went to war for a country who needed him and found he left the people who needed him most behind and came to the realization of that fact before it was too late. That you for sharing Chris..Score: 5/5

EmbarrassingI would think some Americans might find this book embarrassing for it represents a caricature of the American "hero". Guns, violence, "God, country, family" (in that order). The interesting thing is the insight the book gives into the psyche of the nation. Frightening!.Score: 2/5

Who'd want to marry him?Chris Kyle epitomises the sort of red neck American the world loves to hate. Proclaiming to be very religious and patriotic and using that to justify a taste for violence at every opportunity be it in a bar or sanctioned by the ROE of war. I'm amazed anyone would want to marry him!.Score: 2/5

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One of the best books I’ve ever readMany reviews have criticised it for being propaganda about a racist trigger happy sniper. I don’t think they read the book. This book is an in depth and truly amazing first hand account of situations people can only dream of. It’s a story of a father and husband overcoming family problems whilst being the best sniper in US and probably world history. I’ve always been interested in the military and one day wish to join. This book has shown me what it is like and whilst reading, it felt like I was with him during his journeys. Thank you for the service that he gave and the inspiration to many people across the globe. I hope he rests in heaven knowing what a great man he was.Score: 5/5

American Bulls%itter more likeThis murderer has just been exposed all over the media for being a chronic lying head case now so why is this story even being told as we all know that he just murdered women and children for sport! This is a disgusting tale and the USA should be ashamed to promote this lying dead fool.Score: 1/5

A truly incredible book of an incredible man!I absolutely recommend this book to anyone who wants a brilliant insight to this true hero, Chris Kyle. My condolences to the family and friends of this hero. Gone, but never forgotten!.Score: 5/5

Murder is never legalAwful awful propaganda trying to justify a war nobody wanted. This man killed over 150 people, called Iraqi's savages and said he wished he "could've killed more of them". I'm at a loss as to why people think this is heroic? And the film is even worse. War isn't one-sided, if YOU barge into people's countries then YOU will be treated as an invader. Goddamn this man didn't have even an ounce if empathy. How dare he have the audacity to be all "boo hoo I shot a child pls pity me and call me heroic". No sympathy for the country him and his own country ravished, no thought for the lives he ruined. People love being sheep and saying "he protected our country", um from what exactly? Didn't realise there were people invading America's borders. He didn't become a sniper because he's a good soldier, to protect or to serve. No, he did it because he was raised as a gun-happy racist Texan, he did it cos he liked it, he likes shooting, he likes killing, and he was smart enough to do it in the only environment where it's deemed legal. Wake up people and stop branding the wrong people as "heroes". You're all so selfish and self absorbed that you don't even realise what unwanted wars that YOU start do to these countries. And you guys don't even know propaganda when you see it..Score: 1/5

What a load of bullocks!...It was a time when they had to work hard & spend money to push their propaganda. Now we're such a bunch of inbreds that we even pay to have access to the brainwashers..Score: 1/5

True hero and a inspiration to allEpic story full of details and depth, I was hooked to reading this book as soon as I started, a true hero and an inspiration to all, a must read.Score: 5/5

Cheaper to buy the bookBought the book today for £3.75 from Tesco. How is it that I can buy a tangible copy of a book and hold it in my hands but the digital copy is more expensive ??? Notwithstanding .... It is brilliant.....Score: 5/5

GreatThis book was great perfect for your first book have a candle bnext to your mac and sit back and relax whilest getting in to this book it is so fun to read!.Score: 5/5

Terrible Book, Terrible FilmA man who died as he lived, in a pathetically squalid fashion. He was exposed as a pathological liar, almost bringing the US military into disrepute. About as patriotic as an idiot telling people to take disinfectant internally to combat Covid-19 (President Trump). The book is not very good at building a coherent narrative of modern day military operations and he does come across as someone who was pleased and proud to shoot and kill civilians including women and children (admitting war crimes?) successfully litigated by Jesse Ventura a distinguished ex Navy S.E.A.L and patriotic. The author was murdered by someone he was teaching shooting skills to. A case of poetic justice? ‘He who lives by the sword dies by the sword.’.Score: 1/5

American sniperThe book was without a doubt the most detailed heart warming book I have ever read it told you the story of what a truly great american sniper was like Chris Kyle was a great guy this book was awesome 😜.Score: 5/5

InspiredI would just like to say how amazing and inspiring this book is. I always dreamed of being a reconnaissance specialist and Chris's book inspired me even more. I might only be eleven but I understood every word and it was very well written. I respect everything you have been through and hope that someday I meet you. Jacob.Score: 5/5

Really enjoyed this..Good book, well written, lots of detail, and good use of video....Score: 4/5

What a "Legend"It's a little unfair for me to judge the book 5 stars as I've only seen the film bought have bought the book to read (it's often how I role ... Lol I'm a lazy reader ) but the story is so exhilarating and tragic and edge of seat the struggles between patriotism and civie life are so deep and heart wrenching and I can't wait to read the accounts as films sometimes leave out crucial detail that have to be cut for movie times .... To the chris and his family thank you for telling your story ... I wish I had known him personally as he would have been a great friend to have ..... "True Legend".Score: 5/5

5 starsA truly amazing book.Score: 5/5

American SniperI wanted to read about Chris Kyle before the movie American Sniper, as I didn't wasn't it to colour my imagination prior to reading the book. I'll be watching the movie next & then reading Taya's book American Wife to find out how she coped with the loss & legend of her husband. Brilliant.Score: 5/5

Wow!One of the best and most interesting book I have read in a long time! Well worth a read! 5***.Score: 5/5

Fantastic... much better read than watching the filmWow... took me two days to read this book, what a brilliant read! I actually felt I was their with Chris through out the book! had me totally gripped! such an amazing family.Score: 5/5

Captain Fantastic 😬Brilliant Read, recommended by a friend from the USA, this is the first book I have ever read and it was brilliant.Score: 5/5

A must read!One of the best books I've ever read. A must read!.Score: 5/5

AwesomeBook deals with the harsh realities faced by our soldiers on the front line and the sacrifices they make daily. It covers the effect it can have on them and their families. A truly brilliant read and a great movie as well.Score: 5/5

WowBest book I've ever read. Thank you.Score: 5/5

Great readVery informative, gives a more in depth feeling to the character of Chris Kyle. Although I personally do not share his viewpoint on several matters the immersion felt while reading each experience gives you as close a taste as any civvy will get to being on the frontline. Inspiring..Score: 5/5

-I have great respect for what you have been through, and more for what you still do now..Score: 5/5

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