is the autobiography of Chris Kyle - a Navy SEAL
dubbed "The Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History.
I am extremely happy my buddies pushed this book on me. The way they described it didn't interest me all that much as it was just a "this guy did this and this guy did that" kind of book. But as they have taken my book suggestions on occasion, I pretty much felt obligated to give this book a chance and I am glad I did. The book isn't a masterpiece of literature or anything. It reads pretty much like a collection of well told bar tales. Still, Mr. Kyles humble writing style gives his voice to the narrative leading the book to its core value: Honesty. Thats why I loved this book regardless of how little I have in common with it. It is brutaly honest. I am all sorts of well read on the
politics and ethics of war, but I don't believe I had an accurate perspective of what individual operations were like in the Iraq war until now.
is a killer. He admits it and doesn't apologize for it. I think he may be more proud of it than I would like someone with his kill count to be, but I do believe that he would have been way less effective in his missions had he been my type of guy. While our differences did make it tough to read his perspective from time to time, I put away my judgement and just let him tell his stories. As genuine as he is, I figure its the least I could do.
American Sniper will put you in the action in Iraq
. You will feel like you are geared up right beside Chris Kyle and his SEAL, Marine and Army buddies as they perform dangerous missions in cities like Baghdad, Fallujah, Sadr City and others. Kyle successfully makes you feel the tension of these missions and you might even enjoy collecting some of the glory for his successes and amazing achievements with his sniper rifles. You will undoubtedly feel the pain of some of the losses he faces when friends fall in the line of fire.
In addition to his war stories, Kyle keeps you up to speed on how his family is dealing with his deployment and the strain it put on his personal life. His wife Taya, lends her perspective in short commentaries inserted throughout the book. I personally know of a few families that have been stressed considerably by having one of its members deployed overseas and I feel like people in that situation could benefit from this side of the American Sniper story.
As far as I am concerned, war sucks but it is also inevitable. When it happens, you want different people involved. You want strategists and tacticians. I even want the guys who want the war to end up near the top trying to figure out how to make that happen. Until it does though, you absolutely have to have people who know how to kill and don't
second guess doing it. That's what this guy is about and this book will tell you how and why. And since its a pretty quick read there's no reason not to pick up a copy and find out for yourself.