“American Sniper” by Chris Kyle Book Talk

American Sniper Book Talk

Title: American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. History

Author: Chris Kyle

Genre: Autobiography

Page Count: 430 Pages

Released: January 2, 2012

Movie Adaptation: December 25, 2014


U.S. Navy SEAL, Chris Kyle, tells his life story in this autobiography. Primarily focused on his years as an active duty SEAL (1999 to 2009) he goes into great detail of life in the military. From familial struggles to medical complications, Kyle does not hold back. 

My Thoughts:

I started reading this book nearly a decade ago. I’m glad I finally got around to finishing it. Though some of the military terminology flew over my head, this was an eye-opening autobiography. Being the first autobiography I have read, I wasn’t sure what to expect. In a way, it feels intrusive; like I was reading a stranger’s diary. On the other hand, it was a terrifyingly raw account of a life I know eerily little about. 

War has always been this terrifying black hole of unknown to be. I have seen the broadcasts on the news and some documentaries in school, but that was the extent of my knowledge. American Sniper reads as an interview in this way. Chris Kyle answers every question one could possibly have for a Veteran:

  • What is training like?
  • What does it feel like to stand on a battlefield?
  • How does this career impact your family?
  • What is the most difficult aspect of the job?

It was heartbreaking reading this book knowing that he had passed away in 2013— far too young. 

I highly recommend this book to anybody who is considering joining the military. Some passages are incredibly difficult to read, particularly since they are a true story, so read with caution. 


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