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SEAL Team 3 Chief Chris Kyle (1974-2013) was awarded two Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars with Valor, and numerous other citations. Following four combat tours in Iraq, he became chief instructor for training Naval Special Warfare sniper teams. He is the author of American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms. A native Texan, Kyle is survived by his wife, Taya, and their two children. William Doyle has written or cowritten seven books, including PT 109: An American Epic of War, Survival, and the Destiny of John F. Kennedy and American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms (with "American Sniper" Chris Kyle). He served as director of original programming for HBO and was coproducer of the PBS special Navy SEALs: Their Untold Story. He lives with his family in New York City.


"Chris Kyle has done and seen things that will be talked about for generations to come."--MARCUS LUTTRELL, recipient of the Navy Cross and author of Lone Survivor
"Kyle's firm grasp of the ten guns selected is combined with a narrative of American soldiers, lawmen, and citizens who used them. ... When you read American Gun you hear the voice, heart, wit, and passion of this self-effacing American hero--one taken from us too soon."--Mark Keefe, American Rifleman
A fitting legacy for Chris Kyle. ... American Gun is written with the authority of a subject matter expert and the straight-talking voice of a warrior."
"An entertaining gallop through history."--London Times
"Kyle's enthusiasm for his subject is infectious, and his gift for narrative lends the stories the tension and drama they deserve. ... Regardless of one's views on guns, readers will gain a deeper respect for weaponry and the people tasked with using them."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Following up on former U.S. Navy SEAL Kyle's best-selling 2012 autobiography, American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, is this posthumously published work. Kyle, who was shot to death in February of this year, writes with Doyle (Inside the Oval Office) about ten of his favorite rifles and handguns, his aim: to "talk history with the bullets flying." Kyle was a consummate rifleman, but his discussions go beyond his ten selections to include reviews of peer firearms and descriptions of battles, shootouts, and people who made a particular gun famous. Writing for a popular audience, Kyle succeeds in vividly describing why he prefers, for example, the blunt force trauma of a .45 ACP Model 1911 over that of modern 9 mm pistols that hold twice as many cartridges. He discusses his views on why American rifles gave us an edge (apart from the Spanish American War when the Spanish bold-action Mausers outclassed the U.S. rifles). By World War I, U.S. troops were ready with Springfield bolt-action rifles. Kyle does not take on politics or gun control other than implicitly through his underlying belief in citizen ownership of firearms. Verdict Readers wishing a purely scholarly history should instead consult Alexander Rose's American Rifle: A Biography, but Kyle's book will be highly sought after because of his unquestioned expertise as a preeminent rifleman of our times and his willingness to share his personal perspectives.-Nathan Bender, Albany Cty. P.L., Laramie, WY (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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