The story tells how Chris Kyle volunteers for the Navy Seals and is trained as a sniper, due to his excellence at shooting that he developed as a child growing up on a ranch with his father.
Kyle goes on 4 tours in Iraq and boasts over 120 kills. The exact number of kills is unconfirmed, but many estimate it to be between 140 and 150, making him the most effective and most lethal sniper in history.
Though he survives his 4 tours to Iraq, Kyle struggles to keep his family together, and is tragically killed while volunteering to help other veterans readjust to society.
The novel was subsequently adapted into a major motion picture starring Bradley Cooper. You can watch the trailer below for more information and to get a glimpse of the film.
This is truly one of the most powerful and heroic stories of modern history, and the American Sniper books does an excellent job of narrating the events of this man’s life and military career. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in military history or the events of the Iraq War.