The deadliest sniper in U.S. history performed near miracles on the battlefield. Then he had to come home.
Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who earned two Silver Stars in Iraq, explains the sniper’s point of view.
by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen, Jim DeFelice, John Pruden
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.
By Chris Mark | The National Review | JANUARY 16, 2015 4:00 AM
We should be proud of men like Chris Kyle, not skittish or ashamed. [Read More]
BY MICHAEL J. MOONEY | FEB 08, 2013 AT 10:38 AM
…I first heard this story more than a year ago. It hasn’t made the news much. There was a brief mention in Marcus Luttrell’s second book. And now the Star-Telegram has a blog item mentioning the story… [Read More]
BY JASON HEID | MAR 26, 2013 12:34 PM
…Leave aside for the moment the issue of whether this story is true. Let’s say that it all went down precisely as Kyle described it to Mike. I find that even more disturbing than if he’d just made the whole thing up. Here’s why… [Read More]
2. How would Chris handle the transitions between his life as a sniper and that of a husband and father? Was it difficult for him? Was it difficult for his family?
3. Were you surprised by the startling contrasts in the worlds that Chris and Taya lived in when he would call her on the phone; he in a firefight and she outside a hospital?
4. What were some of the stresses placed on Chris’s family due to his military career?
5. James Fallow
states “We love the troops, but we’d rather not think about them.” Many people were disturbed by Chris’ experiences in the military. Do you believe most American civilians, while vocally offering thanks and support to their soldiers, prefer to turn a blind eye to what military service truly entails and what soldiers experience?
6. Chris Mark
states “[Snipers] are an elite group of professional, skilled warriors. But how does the job affect the men who do it? Make no mistake: Looking through a magnified rifle scope and killing another human being is a difficult job. It’s a burden many snipers bear long after their service is completed. But contrary to what many believe, snipers are not mindless murderers or killing machines. They’re intensely dedicated professionals willing to do a very difficult, extremely dangerous job with the goal of protecting others…..There is a distinct difference between having the capacity for violent action and being a violent person. Professional snipers deal that violence with great precision and serious intent — again, to protect their compatriots and others the way no one else can.”
Do you agree with his statement? Explain.
7. What did you find most disturbing, eye-opening, or fascinating about Chris’ story?
8. What was your major take-away from this book? Are you glad you read it?