American Sniper by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen & Jim DeFelice

American Sniper

By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen & Jim DeFelice

  • Release Date: 2012-01-03
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 244 Ratings
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He is the deadliest American sniper ever, called “the devil” by the enemies he hunted and “the legend” by his Navy SEAL brothers . . .

From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle earned legendary status among his fellow SEALs, Marines, and U.S. Army soldiers, whom he protected with deadly accuracy from rooftops and stealth positions. Gripping and unforgettable, Kyle's masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the great war memoirs of all time.

A native Texan who learned to shoot on childhood hunting trips with his father, Kyle was a champion saddle-bronc rider prior to joining the Navy. After 9/11, he was thrust onto the front lines of the War on Terror, and soon found his calling as a world-class sniper who performed best under fire. He recorded a personal-record 2,100-yard kill shot outside Baghdad; in Fallujah, Kyle braved heavy fire to rescue a group of Marines trapped on a street; in Ramadi, he stared down insurgents with his pistol in close combat. Kyle talks honestly about the pain of war—of twice being shot and experiencing the tragic deaths of two close friends.

American Sniper also honors Kyles fellow warriors, who raised hell on and off the battlefield. And in moving first-person accounts throughout, Kyles wife, Taya, speaks openly about the strains of war on their marriage and children, as well as on Chris.

Adrenaline-charged and deeply personal, American Sniper is a thrilling eyewitness account of war that only one man could tell.


  • American sniper

    By ebbbs
    So well written, so easy to read, what an unbelievable storey about life and war!
  • Embarrassing

    By Georgialord
    I 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!
  • Amazing

    By Sherbert597
    This 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.
  • American Sniper

    By LC_Music Lover
    How 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.
  • Brutally honest, amazing story.

    By Jaidee2009
    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.
  • The perfect novel for a bigot/racist

    By Lyrical2267
    Absolutely 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.
  • Grabs the conscience

    By wooples11
    Hard 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.
  • "The best persepctive "

    By Cheezelyeast
    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!!
  • Confronting, Inspiring. Real

    By Mortadella and ham
    A 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.
  • Cringeworthy

    By Ubergeek113
    Religious 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.