From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history.
His fellow American warriors, whom he protected with deadly precision from rooftops and stealth positions during the Iraq War, called him “The Legend”; meanwhile, the enemy feared him so much they named him al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle, who was tragically killed in 2013, writes honestly about the pain of war—including the deaths of two close SEAL teammates—and in moving first-person passages throughout, his wife, Taya, speaks openly about the strains of war on their family, as well as on Chris. Gripping and unforgettable, Kyle’s masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the great war memoirs of all time.
Christopher Scott Kyle was born and raised in Texas and was a United States Navy SEAL from 1999 to 2009. He is known as the most successful sniper in American military history. According to his book American Sniper, he had 160 confirmed kills (from 255 claimed kills). A claimed kill refers to a shot where the round hits the target, but cannot confirm the kill.
Chris Kyle served as a Navy SEAL in 4 tours in the latest Iraq war. For his bravery and military skills, he was awarded some of the highest medals in the US military multiple times including the Bronze and Silver Star. He decided to leave the SEALS and was honourably discharged in 2009, in order to put more time into his family life. After some time struggling with civilian life, he started a security company called CRAFT and wrote the New York Times bestselling book, American Sniper.
Chris Kyle was fatally shot at a shooting range by a US military veteran he was trying to help on February 2, 2013 in Texas.