American Sniper: Memorial Edition

American Sniper: Memorial Edition


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The #1 New York Times bestselling memoir of U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle, and the source for Clint Eastwood’s blockbuster movie which was nominated for six academy awards, including best picture.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062290793
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/15/2013
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 66,013
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.70(d)
Lexile: 830L (what's this?)

About the Author

SEAL Team 3 Chief Chris Kyle (1974–2013) was awarded two Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars with Valor, and numerous other citations. Following four combat tours in Iraq, he became chief instructor for training Naval Special Warfare sniper teams. He is the author of American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms. A native Texan, Kyle is survived by his wife, Taya, and their two children.

Scott McEwen is a trial lawyer in San Diego.

Jim DeFelice is the co-author, with former U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, of the multi-million-copy bestseller American Sniper, the source for Clint Eastwood’s film starring Bradley CooperHis other books include Omar Bradley: General at War; Rangers at Dieppe; and West Like Lightning: The Brief, Legendary Ride of the Pony Express. He lives in upstate New York.

Table of Contents

Author's Note ix

Map of Iraq xi

Prologue: Evil in the Crosshairs 1

1 Bustin' Broncs and Other Ways of Having Fun 7

2 Jackhammered 22

3 Takedowns 58

4 Five Minutes to Live 74

5 Sniper 92

6 Dealing Death 117

7 Down in the Shit 159

8 Family Conflicts 201

9 The Punishers 223

10 The Devil of Ramadi 256

11 Man Down 280

12 Hard Times 303

13 Mortality 332

14 Home and Out 358

Acknowledgments 380

Chris Kyle, in Memoriam 383

Introduction Taya Kyle Jim DeFelice 385

Wayne and Deby Kyle, Chris's mom and dad 388

Taya Kyle 392

Jeff Kyle, Chris's brother 398

Andrew Alexander, friend 403

Bo Pharr, friend 405

"W," writing on behalf of "the Teams" 407

Bryan Rury, lifelong friend 409

Marcus Luttrell, fellow SEAL, friend 411

Ashley Purvis Smith, family friend 413

Al Hemmle, principal, Midlothian High School 416

Glenn Beck, talk-show host 418

Jeff Burge, Dallas Police Department, friend 420

Dr. Karen Hanten, pediatrician, friend 421

Kelly Job, wife of Chris's SEAL teammate Ryan Job 423

"Dauber," fellow SEAL, friend 425

Kim and Kent Studebaker, Chris's parents-in-law 427

Anonymous, active-duty SEAL, friend 429

Kim Essary, neighbor, friend 431

Larry Toon, chairman of Elizabeth Toon Charities 434

Leanne Littlefield, friend 436

Marc Myers, businessman, ranch owner, friend 439

Mathew Bullinger, fellow Little League coach, friend 441

Omar Avila, wounded warrior, friend 443

Randy Cupp, businessman, friend 446

Rich Emberlin, Dallas Police Department, friend 450

Sarah and Ellyse Dyer, friends 453

Scott Brown, Musician, Marine, friend 455

Sergeant Vince Lee, Dallas Police Department, friend 458

Jim DeFelice, coauthor of American Sniper 460

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