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Review of American Sniper

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From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has of...
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Summary:

"American Sniper" is about the most lethal Sniper of all time, Chris Kyle. At the start of the book, he talks about growing up in Texas, and having a love for guns from the start. He always dreamed of being in the military. He got his chance after 9/11 happened. He decided to join the Navy SEALS. He served in Iraq, accumulating 160 confirmed Kills, the most any one has in the military. He was the most decorated sniper in U.S. history. He then went back home for good after 2009, and learned it was hard to come home after war. He and his wife knew they would become a better family.

Theme:

The main theme in "American Sniper" is learning about being in war, and learning to live back in the U.S. Chris Kyle talks about the problems he has with his family. At points he felt fighting for our country and being with his SEAL brothers was more important. He knew after 2009 he could not choose to fight any more, he needed to be with his family. He said "It's taken a while, but I have gotten to a point where being a SEAL no longer defines me. I need to be a husband and a father. Those things, now, are my first calling"(Kyle 375). This was the hardest choice of hs life, but he knew it was right.

Review:

I thought "American Sniper" was a really good and interesting book. I always have enjoyed war and military books, and this was one of the best ones I have read yet. I have a strong respect for the military and what they do. They risk their lives to protect us, and that's what Chris Kyle did. He always felt he was put on this earth to protect us and fight for our country. If you want to learn about the most lethal sniper, then you will enjoy this book.

 

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Iraq War

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This article talks about the invasion of Iraq on March 20, 2003, two years after the 9/11 attack. George W. Bush had reasons to believe that the president of Iraq Saddam Hussein, had weapons of mass destruction, or WMD’s. He also had intelligence that Iraq was working with the terrorist group Al-Qaeda, the group behind the 9/11 attacks. Even though they did not have the support of the United Nations, they still decided to put together coalition forces of U.S., British, and many other countries soldiers. There was plan to use “Shock and Awe” tactics, which were to just bomb the major cities in Iraq for periods of time. The other reason we went into countries like Iraq and Afghanistan was to rebuild their governments, and rebuild their country. Many people felt we had no right to help those countries. Many thought we should, and that’s why this war has been so controversial.

Connection:

This connects to “American Sniper” because Chris Kyle Joined the Navy because of the 9/11 attacks. He said " I woke up one morning to her yelling. Chris! Chris! Wake up! You've got to see this! I stumbled into the living room. Taya had turned on the television and jacked the volume. I saw smoke pouring out of the World Trade Center in New York. I didn't understand what-all was happening. Part of me was still sleeping. Then as we watched, an airplane flew right into the side of the second tower (Kyle 45-46). He knew it was his time to fight. Our country also needed elite warriors like Chris to help beat this horrible enemy. He did not believe that we should have been in Iraq, but he said it was his job to go wherever he was told and fight as hard as he could. He knew that this enemy had to be told who is boss. We knew that we could not have another 9/11. I believe we have been in Iraq and Afghanistan for to long, and we need to start leaving them alone. We have our own problems to fix.

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Jack's comment, April 12, 2013 9:21 AM
I like the picture you used for this one, this is the first time I've seen that picture.
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Surviving the Cut - US Marine Scout Sniper - Part 1

I own no rights. Those all belong to Discovery Networks. US Marine Scout Sniper Training at Camp Pendleton, California. Season 1 Finale.
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This video starts out talking about what snipers are thought. They are thought to shoot to kill and can do it consistently from more than half a mile. But that is not the only thing they have to be good at. They have to be able to stay hidden deep behind enemy lines and get to their target and take him out silently. The video states that there are less then 300 active snipers in the Marine Corps, and they are the best of the best. They go through some of the most grueling training, which they show in this video. They have to crawl through the worst place imaginable and that’s so they are ready incase they need to in real war. That’s just the start of the training, you then move on to actually shooting the sniper. They have to hit a total of 28 shots, from increasing ranges. If they don’t hit that amount they are done. Also, every time the move to increasing ranges, you have to run to each one, and that raises your heart rate increasing the difficulty. So this is why there are less then 300 snipers.

Connection:

This connects to my book because Chris Kyle would have gone through training like this. I remember him talking about barely passing. He said it was one of the hardest things he has every done. He said he was not mentally or physically fit when he went through training. He had to work harder and more to become the sniper he was. He went through more than just sniper training, Chris Kyle had to go through B.U.D.S, which is Navy SEAL water program. This program is much more grueling than sniper training. In B.U.D.S you are pushed to your limit and Chris was pushed to his. He said he would never want to go through B.U.D.S again and that’s why he passed the first time.

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Jack's comment, April 12, 2013 9:22 AM
This was cool to watch because my dad was a marine, and I always wanted to know how they were trained.
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The Red Circle

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BEFORE HE COULD FORGE A BAND OF ELITE WARRIORS… HE HAD TO BECOME ONE HIMSELF. Brandon Webb’s experiences in the world’s most elite snipe...
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"The Red Circle" is about Brandon Webb who was in the elite group, the Navy SEAL Sniper Corps. In the book he talks about his grueling years of training in Naval Special Operations, and his tours in Persian Gulf and Afghanistan. He was also the lead instructor of the Navy SEAL sniper program, and trained the best snipers Chris Kyle and Marcus Luttrell. He also talks about his experiences in war, and some near death situations. This book reveals the most challenging ans secretive Military training courses in the world in the eyes of the best.

Connection:

This connects to "American Sniper" because it is about the man who trained Chris Kyle. Brandon Webb tought him all he knew, and made Chris Kyle the warrior he was. With out Brandon Webb, Chris would not have been the mest sniper in history. I feel that if you want to learn more about Chris Kyle and the other Warriors that helped him, you need to read both books. It truely reveals the best snipers in the world, and just what they do.

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Sniper

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This picture shows a sniper looking over an area in Iraq. Most of the time this is what snipers do. You have to have extreme patience and know your surroundings so the enemy doesn’t spot you. As a sniper you are taught to take one shot for a kill, any more and you will give your position. Being a sniper can be very dangerous because most of the time you’re behind enemy lines or in the het of the battle. You have to make sure you never stay in one spot for to long. Do what your told to do then get out. Snipers were very important in the war in Iraq because they thinned out the enemies before they went in.

Connection:

This connects to my book because Chris Kyle was in these kinds of situations. He talked in the book about his long periods of time up in buildings sniping the enemy and how his longest kill shot came from a building like this, and how most of his kills came from buildings. The shot was 2,100 yards, which was close to the longest in history. It is so hard to be a sniper because there are so many factors you put into to kill an enemy from a building or from anywhere. It is much different from killing any enemy closer, and it takes a true warrior to be a sniper. I believe it is the hardest job in the military, and Chris Kyle was the best at it.

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Jack's comment, April 12, 2013 9:23 AM
This picture looks like he has to get comfortable because he has to wait for the perfect shot.
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Navy SEALs : Special Operations: Careers & Jobs: Navy.com

Navy SEALs : Special Operations: Careers & Jobs: Navy.com | American Sniper-independent reading | Scoop.it
When it comes to special forces, Navy SEALs are the ultimate warriors. Find out what it takes to be among the most skilled, versatile and revered combat units in the world.
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This website is the home of the Navy. If you want to sign up for the Navy this is were you go. This specific part of the site if for the Navy SEALs. It lists what the SEALS stand for and what you can be expecting to be doing when you sign up to be a SEAL. The site talks about the training you have go through before you can enter, and it is the hardest training course in the military. Once you get through all of the training you are graded and put into a rank based on how you did in training. You also have to take a few tests into order to be a SEAL. They basically test on the equipment you carry when you are a SEAL and the basics of being a SEAL. After you complete all of that you are enlisted and are shipped of to an army base, and then of to war. You will get paid being a SEAL, and at the beginning you get a $12,000 bonus. If you decide to go to school after, you can do so and the good thing is it will be paid for.

Connection:

This relates to my book because this was where you go to look up details about the SEALs, so this is were Chris would have gone. Although in the book he went to a recruitment center they will basically tell you the same thing that are on the site. At first he wanted to join the Marines but he decided to be a SEAL, because he wanted to be a sniper. He was persuaded to join the SEALs and he stuck with it. He said it was one of the best decisions he made. But he knew at the beginning he would not be able to be with his family a lot but he knew he had to fight for his country. That is what all SEALs give up and it’s hard.

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