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Chris Kyle (1) (1974–2013)

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Chris Kyle 1974-2013 Chris Kyle was born in Odessa, Texas on April 8, 1974. As a young man, he hunted deer and pheasant and rode bulls and broncos in rodeos. He studied ranch and range management at Tarleton State University before returning to ranching and then enlisting in the Navy. He joined the vis mere SEALs in 1999 and served four combat deployments before retiring in 2009. During his service, he earned a reputation as one of America's deadliest military snipers with 160 confirmed kills. Iraqi insurgents nicknamed him the Devil of Ramadi and put a bounty on his head. In 2008, he managed to kill an insurgent from about 2,100 yards away. During his service, he received the Purple Heart, two Silver Stars and five Bronze Stars for Valor. After retiring from the Navy, he ran Craft International, which provides military, law enforcement, and civilian training, as well as private security and protection. He also devoted much of his time to helping fellow soldiers overcome the traumas of war. In 2011, he created the Fitco Cares Foundation to provide veterans with exercise equipment and counseling. He believed that exercise and the camaraderie of fellow veterans could help former soldiers ease into civilian life. His first book, American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, written with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice was published in 2012. His second book, American Gun: A History of the U. S. in Ten Firearms, was released in 2013. In the summer of 2012, he appeared on the reality television show Stars Earn Stripes. He was killed along with Chad Littlefield on February 2, 2013 by Marine veteran Eddie Ray Routh at Rough Creek Lodge shooting range. The reason for the killing is unknown, but Routh is suffering from PTSD. Kyle was buried on February 12, 2013, at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin, Texas. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

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Kanonisk navn
Kyle, Chris
Fødselsdato
1974-04-08
Dødsdag
2013-02-02
Køn
male
Nationalitet
USA
Fødested
Odessa, Texas, USA
Dødssted
Glen Rose, Texas, USA
Uddannelse
Tarleton State University
Erhverv
sniper
rodeo rider
Navy SEAL
Organisationer
U.S. Navy
Navy SEALs
SEAL Team 3
Naval Special Warfare Command
Craft International
Stars Earn Stripes
Priser og hædersbevisninger
Silver Star (2)
Bronze Star (5)
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2)
Grateful Nation Award
Kort biografi
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 himal-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.

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BooksInMirror | 2 andre anmeldelser | Feb 19, 2024 |
Not my usual area of interest but came across this book cheap in a charity shop and was intrigued. It is an odd one. I'm not sure if the author wanted to come across as having sociopathic tendencies but that is the effect with his admission that he enjoyed killing people, especially Iraqis opposed to the invasion of their country by Western troops.

It isn't just hindsight to think that the invasion was a big mistake: plenty of people thought so at the time. There are sufficient previous examples of countries ruled by ruthless dictators which break apart into war between rival factions as soon as that leader is removed. And in this case, they were initially united by opposition to Western invaders. The author certainly had no philosophical musings about this or even the occasional thought: he just seemed gleeful to be given carte blanche to shoot 'the enemy'. Rather disturbing. And his casual admission of involvement in bar fights, something he was usually excused, shows a short fuse and an enjoyment of casual violence. His only regrets revolve around friends who sadly lost their lives or received major life-changing injuries (which later led to death in one case). He quite openly put fighting with his comrades ahead of family life, and his wife made contributions to the book about how this affected her although she didn't receive a writer's credit.

Hopefully he wasn't typical of the people who join the armed forces. Certainly he was very different to people I've known who fought in military conflicts and rarely wanted to talk about it, far less boast. So for me this is an OK 2 stars at best.
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kitsune_reader | 96 andre anmeldelser | Nov 23, 2023 |
I love military books. I tried to like this one & I just didn't. I've seen the movie (pretty good) and then read the book. I don't disagree the Chris is heroic and saved a lot of lives and it's a tragedy that he was killed by another military person. This first hand account is just ugh. Almost the entire time of "being a sniper & we live in the shadows & are silent professionals", Chris spends almost the entire book bragging about how many kills of insurgents (or savages as he calls them) and then so many kills he stepped back so he could let the other guys in the platoon get a few. Also brags about fighting and getting arrested and getting out of jail with no charges. His wife contributed the the book a lot and I felt sorry for her since he cared more about the SEAL team and country before his wife and 2 kids. Also disrespect to higher up officers who he called "ultra cautious pussies" It just seemed this book was him telling how great he is and didn't really seem to care about his wife on her own and just kept reenlisting. Good for him at the end for finally leaving the Navy and starting a kick ass foundation to help wounded vets.… (mere)
 
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