Length: 448 pages
Audiobook Length: 10 hours and 18 minutes
First Published: 2012
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.
Quotes from American Sniper
I’m proud of my service, but I sure as hell didn’t do it for any medal. They don’t make me any better or less than any other guy who served. Medals never tell the whole story.
People ask me all the time, “How many people have you killed?” My standard response is, “Does the answer make me less, or more, of a man?
The thing we all had in common wasn’t muscle; it was the will to do whatever it takes.
My regrets are about the people I couldn’t save —Marines, soldiers, my buddies. I still feel their loss. I still ache for my failure to protect them.
Movie Trailer for American Sniper (2014)
About Chris Kyle
Chris Kyle was a Navy SEAL who served four combat tours in Iraq. He was the most lethal sniper in American military history. After his military service, he began instructing Naval Special Warfare sniper teams. He is the author of American Gun and his memoir American Sniper, with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice. He was killed in 2013 by a veteran he was trying to help. Kyle is survived by a wife and two children.