Tuesday, April 5, 2016

American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History by Chris Kyle

With 160 (or more) recorded sniper kills, Navy SEAL Chris Kyle became the epitome of post-9/11 American heroism. What makes a guy like that tick?

It takes all kinds to make the world go around, and I'm glad I don't have to do Kyle's job (also - glad not to be his wife). It boils down to this: Kyle seems like a pretty regular guy who thinks differently than I do. I found it an interesting story - quite captivating.

We chose this book for the library's book discussion because it was OverDrive's "Big Library Read" and for a limited time they made it available as an immediate download with no holds waiting. Also, it seemed like a genre we hadn't touched on much in the past.

Despite the fact it's all about war, this isn't an overly graphic book. He's pretty matter-of-fact about his work and the things he's seen; while he's proud of his talents, the book doesn't come off as braggadocious or self-serving. It's also uniquely apolitical.

Since the book was published, Kyle died in a tragic civilian incident, his wife wrote her own book, and Clint Eastwood directed an Oscar-nominated film starring Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle. I'm curious to know more, and I will be checking into Taya's book and the film.

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