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American Sniper
American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History | Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen, Jim DeFelice
The #1 New York Times bestselling memoir of U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle, and the source for Clint Eastwoods 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 warincluding the deaths of two close SEAL teammatesand 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, Kyles masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the great war memoirs of all time.
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squirrelbrain
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It‘s not a #revolver, but the closest thing I could find on my shelves....

#MOvember

Cinfhen This was meant to be a good read 4w
squirrelbrain I haven‘t read it yet @Cinfhen - it‘s from my husband‘s shelf! 4w
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#redwhiteandblue
#NamasteNovember

🇺🇸 Thanks to all of those past and present who have fought for our freedom 🙏🏻

Eggs Excellent choice 🇺🇸 4w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs thank you!! ❤️ 4w
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keepingupwiththepenguins
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Panpan

This is not a popular opinion, and I understand that, so I do not say it lightly - I found this book abhorrent. It literally made my skin crawl. By page 4, Kyle is passing moral judgments on the “worth” of Iraqi lives versus American ones. Oh, but he doesn‘t call them Iraqis – they are the “bad guys”. A truly terrible read, with a marked absence of humanity. Full review here: http://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/american-sniper-chris-kyle/

Hooked_on_books Somehow I‘m not surprised. I think it‘s easier to target and kill someone if you can justify downgrading their humanity in your mind. Hence this abhorrent attitude. 5mo
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BamaDoc09
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Loved it so much I found every second, even at work, to read it.

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silviape
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Fascinating recount of a life that is really foreign to me and a world from which I knew nothing. It helps you to put yourself in someone else‘s shoes and to question your judgments about other people‘s decisions.. what a sad ending to this story, though.

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#ThankYouVeterans #Fallintoreading

This is my daughter at a school function celebrating our Veterans!!

Thank you to ALL of the men and women who have served and continue to serve our country!! ❤️🇺🇸❤️🇺🇸

JoScho ❤️❤️❤️ 13mo
Cathythoughts This is lovely ... & your daughter is beautiful 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cathythoughts thank you!!! 💗💗 13mo
vkois88 ❤❤ 13mo
Eggs ❤️❤️ 🇺🇸🇺🇸 13mo
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Sharpeipup
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Catching up so it can be in alphabetical order.
Book = American Sniper
Author = Ahern, Cecilia
Movie = Avengers (any or all)
Food = Apple strudel (preferable grandma‘s recipe)
@JoScho #manicmonday

JoScho Yay! Thanks for playing and catching up 😊 1y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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The most lethal sniper in American history... What a terrible loss!! 😢

#ForOurCountry
#JuneItsElectrifying

vkois88 😢😢😢 1y
DeleteAcct Heartwrenching. 😢 1y
tracey38 Yes, this is so sad. 1y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#America
#Nuyear
🇺🇸

Cinfhen Well played ❤️💙❤️ 2y
Reviewsbylola 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 2y
TrishB Good one 👍🏻 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TrishB thanks!!! ☺️ 2y
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JillPill
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I'm going to start off saying that this is a hard book to read. It is very intense, more so than I originally thought going into it.

While I did very much enjoy the book, I had to put it down about halfway through and read something else. I was not prepared for the way the book portrayed killing. It also seemed very fanatical. There's patriotism and then there's this book. It is one of the more interesting things that I have read this year.

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JillPill
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Just started this and I'm already very intrigued. I have seen the movie so I am interested to see how the book compares. Very excited to read this one!

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Smartypants
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I'm off my schedule, AGAIN! However, the movie is one I wish to see and I have a rule to read the book first. I'm not much into military books but the author does a great job keeping you intrigued and the story moving along!

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#redwhiteblue #awesomeautumnbooks
#neverforget #fallintobooks
🇺🇸🇺🇸 September 11, 2001 We remember ❤️

Bostonmomx2 Such a good book. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Bostonmomx2 it is! So sad though 💔💔 2y
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kricheal
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I actually really liked this... sort of. I just took it for what it was. It was someone's life- a life by no means that I could live. Weirdly the passages that everyone talks about, the Hurricane Katrina bit and the ex-gov/retired wrestler/can't think of his name were not in the book at all. I did listen to the "unabridged" version but I wonder if his estate had to remove them?

Zelma Jesse Ventura. 😉 2y
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kricheal
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I'm starting this on overdrive while I'm waiting for more audible credits to come in. I'm not sure if I'll like it, but I'll give anything a try.

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readem_andweep
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Everyone has their own opinions about Kyle's authenticity, his writing, his own opinions, and whatnot. Form your own opinions -- I'm just going to say I enjoyed this autobiography and if you enjoy military accounts like "Lone Survivor," you'll like this too.

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#stripes
The 13 stripes of the Flag of the United States of America 🇺🇸 represented on this book is the only book I have with stripes!!! ❤️
#Junebookbugs

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#Inmemoriam #Maybookflowers
An American hero ❤️
Happy Memorial Day

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Readage
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Mehso-so

• 3/5 ⭐️when i was hoping to give it at least 4. the best part of this experience was the audiobook version on OverDrive: the narrator John Pruden has an awesome delivery. highly recommend listening.

i felt Kyle had too much attitude and not enough grace, although i respect his service to our country. i lost patience with him when he consistently chose country over family and felt bad for his wife. rest in peace ✌🏼 though soldier 🇺🇸•

sisilia I gave it 1/5, I think. There's a story there but he's not a good story-teller. 3y
Readage @sisilia Yes. I agree. My rating was generous. 3y
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Readage
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• been listening to this book since January. couldn't imagine reading a physical copy, but listening isn't half bad. not much of a Chris Kyle fan after reading an article claiming that he "embellished" some of his military records (in this book, i believe, but don't quote me on that). haven't seen the movie but the jury is still out on whether i will watch it after listening to the book. the reading experience is just ok, nothing special. •

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ontheBL
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I appreciate the story and the sacrifice, but I had an incredibly difficult time making it through the xenophobic rhetoric.

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Christy2318
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My son went through a phase where he wanted to be a Navy Seal & he asked me to read this book. I really tried but it was terrible. Clearly Kyle wasn't a writer but he had two helping him and the writing was still really bad. Along with that there were random paragraphs from his wife. When I hit pages and pages of him talking about his various guns, I gave up. #DNF

UnidragonFrag That doesn't sound appealing. I've never had this on my TBR list so thanks for solidifying that decision :) 3y
Christy2318 @UnidragonFrag My kids say the movie is great. I'm still scarred from trying to read the book. It does have Bradley Cooper in it though so maybe someday... 3y
UnidragonFrag Haha.. that is a good reason! I haven't seen the movie either. 3y
That-Bookish-Hiker I saw the movie and didn't like it. Not even Bradley Cooper could save it 😕 3y
JayneChanger I saw the movie at a preview, Sienna Miller was there (she played the wife) there was one scene with a fake baby the most of the theatre laughed at. 3y
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janalou
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This book was well written. I expected it to be textbook like and boring for some reason, but it reads like a story. I feel much more informed and a real sadness for Kyle's family and friends. Thank you for your service all service men, women, and their families.

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EnidBiteEm
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Pickpick

Movie night. It may be sooky la la time, or I might watch the film adaptation of Kyle's memoir with my fingers over my eyes😱I needed a personality transplant to appreciate the mindset of this gun-loving SEAL who did 4 tours of duty in Iraq and who prided himself on being a badass in bar fights at home BUT these factors also made it worth reading. Stepping into another's shoes is the reason I love memoir, I have the luxury to not have his choices

EnidBiteEm His wife's input was very interesting. 3y
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Texreader
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This was a hand me down from my mom. When I told her I didn't want it, she told me she didn't want it either. Not much love for this book on Litsy. I'm bailing before I even open it.

britt_brooke I thought it was decent. Maybe I'm the only one? Haha! 3y
Well-ReadNeck 😂😂 3y
TheNextBook I simply cant read modern warfare anything. If it has to deal with military it has to be history. 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I haven't read this one, but the movie wasn't bad. Maybe this one just needs donated to find the right reader. 3y
Texreader @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I agree. It just needs re-homing 3y
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catatonic1242
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My father fought in Vietnam. I support our troops 150%. I admire them and I thank them for what they do.

I hated this book. What an egomaniacal, xenophobic asshat. I cringed every time I heard the word "savages," and that story about punching the mentally handicapped kid? Reprehensible and gross.

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RandomBookMuses
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"sorry for those that loved the book…I might have felt different it was told by someone else…however, there just wasn‘t room for any love for me in this one…Kyle's ego kept getting in the way…". Reviewed by Urania https://goo.gl/DcGjY2

AliceInWonderLibrary I felt the same. Ugh. 3y
nolagirl I agree. 3y
Loreen Yes. Exactly. 3y
RandomBookMuses Wow! I thought I was the only one! 3y
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MyBookLife
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The movie was nothing like the book 😏

kristina_with_a_k It never is! 4y
MyBookLife @kristina_with_a_k I know, but this was a BIG disappointment. It was just another Hollywood war and gun movie. 4y
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MyBookLife
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Pickpick

What I loved about this book was that I felt I got a real insight to what it is like to be in a war, but also his struggles with it at home. I also loved the chapters written by his wife, Taya. I haven't read another book like this one.

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Beerandapples

Part of the way and really worry about all our troops and the sacrifices they have made. It sounds like nothing will ever make them whole.

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Leggeretisalva
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"Mi dicono che ho salvato centinaia e centinaia di persone. Ma volete sapere una cosa? Non sono le persone che hai salvato, quelle che ti ricordi. Sono quelle che non sei riuscito a salvare. Sono loro quelle di cui parli, sono i loro volti e le loro storie che ti porterai dietro per sempre."