American Sniper

Book Report by: Stephani Salazar

Book

Written By: Chris Kyle

It is an autobiography based on his career path and his journey in becoming America's most lethal sniper in history.

Before finishing writing the book, Chris died due to an incident at a shooting range along with his buddy. His wife and others helped finish the book to release it to share Chris's story to the world.

Main Characters

Chris Kyle: A very respected American Navy Seal Sniper, who had the most kills during active duty.

Tanya Kyle: Chris's wife, the mother of his son and daughter.

Minor Characters:

Buds Academy Official, Chris's Mother and Father, Marine corps soldier, navy seals.

Theme:

As life advances on, we might get caught up in the moment with our careers,life, and our struggles to not take in importance all of those people who surround us and support us along our way. They are base of the foundation who mold our character and our personality into something greater, they are family. Family should always become above everything because they are the people who will always be there when nobody else is.

setting:

The american sniper took place in the middle east during deployment and back in the united state. Basically when Chris came back home after being in active duty.

Major event #1:

chris was in active duty in the middle east and he was helping the marine corps through a small town that was invaded by enemies. As they were going through the town, he heard some bullets cut across the sky near them and he saw how one of his soldiers went down. The marine was a young kid barely 19 or 20, Chris grabbed him before he fell to the ground and held him until the kid took his last breaths. That day marked Chris's life even though he did not know the kid personally but this was the day that he realized what his purpose for his career and his passion for it. This was a major event in Chris's life because he promised that kid that he would do his part to help the american soldiers fight terrorism.

Major event #2

When chris was in the middle east, a grenade went off causing a wall to hit his knee. He had problems later due to that injury, he needed to go get surgery for his knee back in the states. When he got home, the military gave him the option to enlist back to active duty or the option to stay at home with his family. His wife Tanya was struggling raising their family by herself, she did not want him to enlist to the military. She told Chris that he would to enlist, things would change between them. He would chose his job over his family, meaning that he loved that better. Chris, did not think twice about the decision he was going to take. He chose to enlist. This was a turning point in their relationship because Chris wasn't ready to settle down and raise his family right.

major event #3

in the end of the book, Chris finally comes to realize that his family needs him as much as he needs them. He decided to not go back into active duty after he came to the states for a funeral. At first he regretted the decision because he felt that he was betraying his country while trying to be apart of his family. He went into depression and took up alcohol as a mechanism to cope with the situation. He pretty soon drank every day and became an alcoholic, it wasn't until he got into a terrible wreck that could have ended his life. It was a turning point in his life, the accident made him realize that he hasn't been a good husband or good father to his family. He is not a good role model, he could have died in the accident and he wouldn't have had the chance to bond with his children. That night he promised to be a better person, he would change for the greater.

quote;

“I am a strong Christian. Not a perfect one—not close. But I strongly believe in God, Jesus, and the Bible. When I die, God is going to hold me accountable for everything I’ve done on earth. He may hold me back until last and run everybody else through the line, because it will take so long to go over all my sins. “Mr. Kyle, let’s go into the backroom. . . .” Honestly, I don’t know what will really happen on Judgment Day. But what I lean toward is that you know all of your sins, and God knows them all, and shame comes over you at the reality that He knows. I believe the fact that I’ve accepted Jesus as my savior will be my salvation. But in that backroom or whatever it is when God confronts me with my sins, I do not believe any of the kills I had during the war will be among them. Everyone I shot was evil. I had good cause on every shot. They all deserved to die.”
Chris Kyle, American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History


This quote reflects Chris's perspective when he is asked about how many people he had killed on active duty and how he feels about that. For Chris, those people he killed, he saved a dozen of lives. Not only the lives of American soldiers, but of the city's innocent citizen and the american citizen because the bad people he killed could have done terrorist attacks on the states.

American Sniper - Official Trailer [HD]

quote

“I don’t care how much money you get,” my dad used to tell me. “It’s not worth it if you’re not happy.” That’s the most valuable piece of advice he ever gave me: Do what you want in life. To this day I’ve tried to follow that philosophy.”
Chris Kyle, American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History


I personally liked this quote from the book because there is a lot of truth behind it. You cannot be happy with a high paying job if you do not enjoy the work. You have to find something that you enjoy doing everyday, no matter what the income is. Happiness is more valuable than money.

Throughout the book, you could notice that Chris did in fact reflected his actions and lifestyle to this piece of advice his father gave him. Chris enjoyed being in the navy, he had the motivation to pursue higher rankings in his position. He became a Navy Seal, and then a Sniper.

quote

“Yes, SEALs did a good job, and gave their blood. But as we told the Army and Marine officers and enlisted men we fought beside, we’re no better than those men when it comes to courage and worth. I’m proud of my service, but I sure as hell didn’t do it for any medal. They don’t make me any better or less than any other guy who served. Medals never tell the whole story.”

Chris Kyle, American Sniper

Every branch of the United States Military is all equally ranked for the courage and determination for the good of the country. I liked how Chris made sure he pointed that out, it shows that he is not blinded by pride, he has good sportsmanship/teamwork, and he does everything he does because he wants to.