|Chris Kyle—fallen hero and #1 bestselling author of American Sniper—reveals how ten legendary guns forever changed U.S. history.
At the time of his tragic death in February 2013, former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the top sniper in U.S. military history, was finishing one of the most exciting missions of his life: a remarkable book that retold American history through the lens of a hand-selected list of firearms. Kyle masterfully shows how guns have played a fascinating, indispensable, and often underappreciated role in our national story.
"Perhaps more than any other nation in the world," Kyle writes, "the history of the United States has been shaped by the gun. Firearms secured the first Europeans' hold on the continent, opened the frontier, helped win our independence, settled the West, kept law and order, and defeated tyranny across the world."
Drawing on his unmatched firearms knowledge and combat experience, Kyle carefully chose ten guns to help tell his story: the American long rifle, Spencer repeater, Colt .45 revolver, Winchester rifle, Springfield 1903 rifle, Thompson sub-machine gun, 1911 pistol, M1 Garand, .38 Special police revolver, and the M-16 rifle platform Kyle himself used as a SEAL. Through them, he revisits thrilling turning points in American history.
||Gripping, eye-opening, and powerful, American Sniper is the astonishing autobiography of SEAL Chief Chris Kyle, who is the record-holding sniper in U.S. military history. Kyle has more than 150 officially confirmed kills (the previous American record was 109), though his remarkable career total has not been made public by the Pentagon.
In this New York Times bestselling memoir, Kyle shares the true story of his extraordinary decade-long career, including his multiple combat tours in Iraq (Operation Iraqi Freedom) and elsewhere from 1999-2009.
Kyle’s riveting first-person account of how he went from Texas rodeo cowboy to expert marksman and feared assassin offers a fascinating view of modern-day warfare and one of the most in-depth and illuminating looks into the secret world of Special Ops ever written.
||The AMERICAN SNIPER Memorial Edition -- with more than 75 pages of additional remembrances, stories, and photos from family and friends -- is on sale October 15, 2013.
Updated with more than seventy-five pages of new material, this memorial edition of American Sniper contains remembrances and tributes from Chris Kyle’s family and friends, including his wife Taya and fellow Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell. This special Memorial Edition of his smash #1 bestselling memoir celebrates and honors Chris’s life and his accomplishments—both his heroics on the battlefield and at home, supporting veterans and their families.
To the enemies he hunted he was al-Shaitan—“the devil.” To his Navy SEAL brothers, he was “the legend.” From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle was the deadliest American sniper in United States military history. In February 2013, he was tragically killed while trying to help a fellow veteran.
This expanded Memorial Edition of his extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller—one of the greatest war memoirs of all time—salutes his achievements and commemorates his enduring legacy.