American Sniper

Chris Kyle Character Analysis

The protagonist, narrator, and author of American Sniper, Chris Kyle was the deadliest sniper in American history. Stationed in Iraq as a Navy SEAL for several years in the mid-2000s, Kyle shot over a hundred “insurgents,” winning medals and commendations for his actions. In the book, we learn about Kyle’s military service, his long, difficult relationship with his wife, Taya Kyle, and his struggle to overcome the traumas of combat and adjust to civilian life. Kyle’s life came to a tragic ending after the publication of American Sniper: a mentally disturbed veteran named Eddie Ray Routh shot and murdered Kyle, for reasons that remain unclear. For many, the greatest challenge of reading American Sniper will be deciding what to think of Chris Kyle. On one hand, Kyle was clearly a brave man who risked his life to defend his country and keep his family safe from harm. On the other hand, there’s a convincing case to be made that Kyle was a racist, a bully, and a sadist, who bragged about shooting Iraqi “savages,” and wished that he could have shot even more people than he did. Whatever one comes to think of Kyle, his life and career paints a vivid portrait of the War on Terror and the wounds, both physical and psychological, that soldiers endure after combat.

Chris Kyle Quotes in American Sniper

The American Sniper quotes below are all either spoken by Chris Kyle or refer to Chris Kyle. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the HarperCollins edition of American Sniper published in 2013.
Prologue Quotes

It was my duty to shoot, and I don’t regret it. The woman was already dead. I was just making sure she didn't take any Marines with her.
It was clear that not only did she want to kill them, but she didn't care about anybody else nearby who would have been blown up by the grenade or killed in the firefight. Children on the street, people in the houses, maybe her child. She was too blinded by evil to consider them. She just wanted Americans dead, no matter what.

Related Characters: Chris Kyle (speaker)
Related Symbols: Guns
Page Number: 4
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Chapter 2 Quotes

Getting through BUD/S and being a SEAL is more about mental toughness than anything else. Being stubborn and refusing to give in is the key to success. Somehow I'd stumbled onto the winning formula.

Related Characters: Chris Kyle (speaker)
Page Number: 32-33
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"I would lay down my life for my country," he answered. "How is that self-centered? That’s the opposite."
He was so idealistic and romantic about things like patriotism and serving the country that I couldn't help but believe him.

Related Characters: Chris Kyle (speaker), Taya Kyle (speaker)
Page Number: 49
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Chapter 4 Quotes

Fuck, I thought to myself, this is great. I fucking love this. It’s nerve-wracking and exciting and I fucking love it.

Related Characters: Chris Kyle (speaker)
Related Symbols: Guns
Page Number: 88
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The people we were fighting in Iraq, after Saddam's army fled or was defeated, were fanatics. They hated us because we weren't Muslim. They wanted to kill us, even though we'd just booted out their dictator, because we practiced a different religion than they did.
Isn't religion supposed to teach tolerance?
People say you have to distance yourself from your enemy to kill him. If that's true, in Iraq, the insurgents made it really easy. My story earlier about what the mother did to her child by pulling the pin on the grenade was only one gruesome example.
The fanatics we fought valued nothing but their twisted interpretation of religion. And half the time they just claimed they valued their religion—most didn't even pray. Quite a number were drugged up so they could fight us.

Related Characters: Chris Kyle (speaker), Saddam Hussein
Page Number: 98
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Chapter 5 Quotes

One time I woke up to him grabbing my arm with both of his hands. One hand was on the forearm and one just slightly above my elbow. He was sound asleep and appeared to be ready to snap my arm in half, I stayed as still as possible and kept repeating his name, getting louder each time so as not to startle him, but also to stop the impending damage to my arm. Finally, he woke and let go.
Slowly, we settled into some new habits, and adjusted.

Related Characters: Taya Kyle (speaker), Chris Kyle
Page Number: 106
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Chapter 6 Quotes

I signed up to protect this country. I do not choose the wars. It happens that I love to fight. But I do not choose which battles I go to. Y'all send me to them. I had to wonder why these people weren't protesting at their congressional offices or in Washington. Protesting the people who were ordered to protect them—let's just say it put a bad taste in my mouth.

Related Characters: Chris Kyle (speaker)
Page Number: 134
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I didn’t go to a doctor. You go to a doctor and you get pulled out. I knew I could get by.

Related Characters: Chris Kyle (speaker)
Page Number: 170
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Chapter 7 Quotes

A half-second's more hesitation, and I would have been the one bleeding out on the floor. They turned out to be Chechens, Muslims apparently recruited for a holy war against the West. (We found their passports after searching the house.)

Related Characters: Chris Kyle (speaker)
Page Number: 186
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I shot the first beach ball. The four men began flailing for the other three balls.
Snap.
I shot beach ball number two.
It was kind of fun.
Hell—it was a lot of fun.

Related Characters: Chris Kyle (speaker)
Page Number: 203
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I never once fought for the Iraqis. I could give a flying fuck about them.

Related Characters: Chris Kyle (speaker)
Page Number: 221
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I had trouble holding my tongue. At one point, I told the Army colonel, "I don't shoot people with Korans—I'd like to, but I don't." I guess I was a little hot.

Related Characters: Chris Kyle (speaker)
Page Number: 227
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Chapter 8 Quotes

When he reenlisted anyway, I thought, Okay. Now I know. Being a SEAL is more important to him than being a father or a husband.

Related Characters: Taya Kyle (speaker), Chris Kyle
Page Number: 243
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Chapter 9 Quotes

As I watched them coming from the post, I spotted an insurgent moving in behind them.
I fired once. The Marine patrol hit the dirt. So did the Iraqi, though he didn't get up.

Related Characters: Chris Kyle (speaker)
Page Number: 260
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Chapter 10 Quotes

We would bump out five hundred yards, six or eight hundred yards, going deep into Injun territory to look and wait for the bad guys. We'd set up on overwatch ahead of one of his patrols. As soon as his people showed up, they'd draw all sorts of insurgents toward them. We'd take them down. The guys would turn and try and fire on us; we'd pick them off. We were protectors, bait, and slayers.

Related Characters: Chris Kyle (speaker)
Page Number: 304
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If you loved them, I thought, you should have kept them away from the war. You should have kept them from joining the insurgency. You let them try and kill us—what did you think would happen to them?
It's cruel, maybe, but it's hard to sympathize with grief when it's over someone who just tried to kill you.

Related Characters: Chris Kyle (speaker)
Page Number: 312
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Chapter 11 Quotes

I thought Ryan was dead. Actually, he was still alive, if just barely. The docs worked like hell to save him. Ryan would eventually be medevac'd out of Iraq. His wounds were severe—he’d never see again, not only out of the eye that had been hit but the other as well. It was a miracle that he lived. But at that moment at base, I was sure he was dead. I knew it in my stomach, in my heart, in every part of me. I'd put him in the spot where he got hit. It was my fault he'd been shot.

Related Characters: Chris Kyle (speaker), Ryan Job
Page Number: 322
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We requested to be cleared hot to shoot anyone on a moped. The request was denied […] Meanwhile, the insurgents kept using mopeds and gathering intelligence. We watched them closely and destroyed every parked moped we came across in houses and yards, but that was the most we could do.
Maybe legal expected us to wave and smile for the cameras.

Related Characters: Chris Kyle (speaker)
Page Number: 337
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Chapter 12 Quotes

"Where are you?" asked Taya when I finally got a hold of her.
"I got arrested."
“All right,” she snapped. "Whatever."
I can’t say I blamed her for being mad. It wasn’t the most responsible thing I've ever done. Coming when it did, it was just one more irritant in a time filled with them—our relationship was rapidly going downhill.

Related Characters: Chris Kyle (speaker), Taya Kyle (speaker)
Page Number: 356
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He got up in front of the room and started telling us that we were doing things all wrong. He told us we should be winning their hearts and minds instead of killing them […] I was sitting there getting furious. So was the entire team, though they all kept their mouths shut. He finally asked for comments.
My hand shot up.
I made a few disparaging remarks about what I thought we might do to the country, then I got serious. "They only started coming to the peace table after we killed enough of the savages out there," I told him. "That was the key."

Related Characters: Chris Kyle (speaker), Dick Couch
Page Number: 361
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Chapter 13 Quotes

It was a kid. A child.
I had a clear view in my scope, but I didn't fire. I wasn't going to kill a kid, innocent or not. I'd have to wait until the savage who put him up to it showed himself on the street.

Related Characters: Chris Kyle (speaker)
Related Symbols: Guns
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Chapter 14 Quotes

In the simulations, my blood pressure and heart rate would start out steady. Then, once we got into a firefight, they would drop. I would just sit there and do everything I had to do, real comfortable.
As soon as it was over and things were peaceful, my heart rate would just zoom.

Related Characters: Chris Kyle (speaker)
Page Number: 408
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If there is a poster child for overcoming disabilities, Ryan was it. After the injury, he went to college, graduated with honors, and had an excellent job waiting for him. He climbed Mount Hood, Mount Rainer, and a bunch of other mountains; he went hunting and shot a prize trophy elk with the help of a spotter and a gun with some bad-ass technology; he competed in a triathlon. I remember one night Ryan said that he was glad it was he who got shot instead of any of the other guys.

Related Characters: Chris Kyle (speaker), Ryan Job
Page Number: 412
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If my son was to consider going into SEALs, I would tell him to really think about it. I would tell him that he has to be prepared.
I think it's horrible for family. If you go to war, it does change you, and you have to be prepared for that, too. I'd tell him to sit down and talk to his father about the reality of things.
Sometimes I feel like crying just thinking about him in a firefight.
I think Chris has done enough for the country so that we can skip a generation. But we’ll both be proud of our children no matter what.

Related Characters: Taya Kyle (speaker), Chris Kyle
Page Number: 420
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Chris Kyle Character Timeline in American Sniper

The timeline below shows where the character Chris Kyle appears in American Sniper. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Prologue: Evil in the Crosshairs
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...Iraq from the dictator Saddam Hussein, and the streets are deserted. A man named Chris Kyle—the narrator and author of the memoir—stares through the scope of his sniper rifle. He sees... (full context)
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Chris Kyle’s job is to protect the U.S. Marines as they secure the city, and he’s been... (full context)
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Kyle watches the woman and her child. They’re walking down the street, toward a group of... (full context)
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In Iraq, Kyle says, he fought “savage, despicable evil,” the kind of evil that would lead a woman... (full context)
Chapter 1: Bustin’ Broncs and Other Ways of Having Fun
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Kyle was born in north-central Texas, in a small town. He was brought up to be... (full context)
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Kyle’s family taught him to be respectful and brave. He got in fights, but he rarely... (full context)
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As a teenager, Chris Kyle loved the idea of being a cowboy. Like any good cowboy, he learned how to... (full context)
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Kyle attended college at Tarleton State University, an agricultural university. He continued going to rodeos until... (full context)
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In 1996, Kyle signed up for the military. A recruiter, impressed with his skill as a cowboy and... (full context)
Chapter 2: Jackhammered
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In 1997, Chris Kyle joins the navy and begins his time in boot camp. He works hard, and, over... (full context)
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Toward the end of his time in boot camp, Kyle participates in Hell Week—the infamous six days during which recruits work, exercise, and barely sleep.... (full context)
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...bell, the recruits are taken away from the SEALs for good; they’ve failed boot camp. Kyle concentrates on completing Hell Week, never giving into the temptation to ring the bell. In... (full context)
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After Hell Week, Kyle and the other remaining recruits enter “walk week”—a brief recovery period. During this time, Kyle... (full context)
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BUD/S training ends, and Kyle “survives.” Afterwards, he heads to advance training. There, he reunites with his friend, Marcus Luttrell.... (full context)
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After he moves to Team 3 in Long Beach, Kyle falls in love with a woman named Taya. They meet at a bar one night:... (full context)
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On September 11, 2001, Kyle awakes to a call from Taya, telling him that terrorists have bombed the World Trade... (full context)
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Kyle takes a moment to explain how the SEALs function. SEALs are trained for diving, but... (full context)
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In the year leading up to active duty, Kyle trains hard. Team 3 is divided into platoons, and each platoon is made to compete... (full context)
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During Kyle’s time in training, he gets word that Team 3 will be shipped out to Iraq.... (full context)
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Kyle gets into fights during his time in Team 3. In California, he goes to bars... (full context)
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Kyle experiences a lot of hazing during his time in Team 3. One night, his fellow... (full context)
Chapter 3: Takedowns
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Chris Kyle wakes up to the words, “We got a tanker.” He and the other SEALs of... (full context)
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Kyle and the other SEALs board the tanker. Suddenly, the tanker picks up speed—as if the... (full context)
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Kyle takes a step back to explain why he and Team 3 were stationed in the... (full context)
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...Korean ship suspected of running missiles to the Middle East. Near the coast of Djibouti, Kyle and his friends prepare for their mission, and then board the ship. Onboard, they find... (full context)
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Kyle spends Christmas of 2002 on the Persian Gulf, missing Taya. The SEALs stay in Kuwait,... (full context)
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The SEALs begin patrolling the Kuwaiti border. They drive “badass” Desert Patrol Vehicles, or DPVs. Kyle enjoys riding his DPV through the sand, and notes that firing his “big machine gun... (full context)
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By February of 2003, Kyle is eager to begin fighting for his country. However, Taya is terrified that Kyle will... (full context)
Chapter 4: Five Minutes to Live
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...begin firing on the SEALs. Though they’re outnumbered, the SEALs quickly secure the refinery. As Kyle fires his M-60, he thinks, “I fucking love this.” The next morning, the SEALs march... (full context)
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...so early on, since America hasn’t officially declared war on Iraq yet. As a result, Kyle and his friends spend most of their time waiting around and “doing nothing.” (full context)
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...SEALs drive out to the city of Nasiriya, where they work alongside soldiers and Marines. Kyle is involved in a few battles, but acknowledges that most of the fighting was “by... (full context)
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One night in Nasiriya, Kyle and his fellow SEALs become involved in a firefight that leaves many of his peers... (full context)
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In the Middle East, Kyle learns more about Islam. He was raised Christian, and hates that Muslim fanatics kill those... (full context)
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Muslim extremists in Iraq, Kyle insists, killed any Westerners they could find. They stockpiled weapons of mass destruction—in the sense... (full context)
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The SEALs continue marching north toward Baghdad, the capital of Iraq. Kyle kills “a lot of Iraqis,” noting that for every person he killed, four or five... (full context)
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...hydroelectric power for the entire country. But then, very suddenly, the mission is postponed, and Kyle is sent out of Iraq and back to the U.S. Kyle is furious—he can’t understand... (full context)
Chapter 5: Sniper
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Chris Kyle returns from his first deployment. Taya immediately notes how war has changed him: he’s moody... (full context)
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While he’s back in the U.S., Kyle goes to sniper school. Guns have fascinated Kyle since he was a small child, and... (full context)
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Kyle takes a moment to talk about the weapons he uses in Iraq. Sometimes, he uses... (full context)
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Sniper school gives Kyle the training in science and mathematics he needs to be a good shooter. He learns... (full context)
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Surprisingly, Kyle flunks his practice test at the beginning of sniper school. However, he learns quickly, and... (full context)
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After finishing sniper school, Kyle returns to boot camp to train for Iraq. As usual, he struggles with aquatic training.... (full context)
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Around the same time, Taya and Kyle have a baby boy. Kyle feels more nervous watching his wife give birth than he... (full context)
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Before returning to the Middle East, Kyle attends navigation school. Navigation is an important skill for SEALs, but it’s not as exciting... (full context)
Chapter 6: Dealing Death
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Kyle returns to Iraq. He feels horrible about leaving Taya only weeks after the birth of... (full context)
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Before flying to Iraq, Kyle passes by a group of Americans protesting the war. Kyle is disgusted that protestors would... (full context)
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When Kyle returns to Iraq, the country has been “liberated” from Saddam Hussein. However, the country is... (full context)
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Early on, Kyle is promoted to an assault team. He works with the Polish GROM fighters to raid... (full context)
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Kyle takes a moment to talk about the gear he carried with him in Iraq. He... (full context)
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After about a month of working with the GROM, Kyle is transferred to Fallujah. Fallujah is home to some of the deadliest insurgents in Iraq.... (full context)
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In Fallujah, Kyle receives his first major assignment as a sniper. He’ll be sent out into the outskirts... (full context)
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...forces—he’s a former Olympic marksman who is now working as a sniper against the Marines. Kyle takes a room in the apartment, and prepares to shoot enemy forces below. He remembers,... (full context)
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Kyle has already described taking his first sniper shot (the woman from the book’s prologue). By... (full context)
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Kyle’s enemies in Iraq, the insurgents, are “savage and well-armed.” The Marines raid insurgent houses and... (full context)
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During his time as a sniper, Kyle gets into shootouts with insurgents. One day, an RPG (rocket-propelled grenade) hits the building on... (full context)
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Sniping is difficult, Kyle recalls, because “you make an unjustified shot and you could be charged with murder.” Kyle... (full context)
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One day, Kyle and another soldier—who he’ll refer to as Runaway—are walking along the street when a group... (full context)
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Shortly afterwards, Kyle and another soldier are sent to provide backup for a group of Marines. The two... (full context)
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By providing cover outside the house, Kyle has saved the lives of multiple Marines, and his superiors award him a Bronze Medal... (full context)
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Kyle returns from his second deployment and reunites with Taya. Taya finds it increasingly difficult to... (full context)
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Taya also senses that Kyle feels guilty about some of his actions in Iraq—he believes that he violated some of... (full context)
Chapter 7: Down in the Shit
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Back in Iraq once again, Kyle finds that the insurgents have become more cautious; they stay inside for longer periods, as... (full context)
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One day, Kyle and the Marines raid a house and find a strange group living inside: they’re Caucasians,... (full context)
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Kyle acts as a sniper during a raid on an Iraqi cemetery known to be a... (full context)
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One day, Kyle gets an assignment to provide cover for a group of Marines fighting a group of... (full context)
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...weeks of working with the Marines to clear houses and provide backup, other SEALs tell Kyle that he needs to spend less time “in the field”—he’s too good a sniper to... (full context)
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One day, Kyle and the Marines encounter a young, wounded Marine. The wounded Marine begs Kyle, “Please don’t... (full context)
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Kyle celebrates Thanksgiving, eating packaged “Thanksgiving food” out of plastic tins. Shortly afterwards, he’s sent to... (full context)
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While stationed at the military base on the Euphrates, Kyle and the other SEALs realize that the number of insurgents in the region is growing.... (full context)
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Another day at the Euphrates base, Kyle sees three insurgents gathered about a mile away, pointing and laughing in his general direction.... (full context)
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After another week, Kyle is pulled out and sent back into the heart of Baghdad. While in Baghdad, he... (full context)
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...Saddam Hussein. Insurgents, eager to sabotage the elections, are targeting democratic officials, particularly in Baghdad. Kyle joins up with an Army unit from Arkansas, and provides sniper backup. Kyle initially finds... (full context)
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At nights, insurgents usually don’t attack the troops—they know that soldiers have night vision goggles. Kyle spends many of his nights calling Taya, though he rarely tells her what he’s been... (full context)
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Kyle sustains a few minor injuries during his time in Baghdad, but refuses to get medical... (full context)
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The elections take place in Iraq, to much fanfare in the American media. Privately, Kyle doubts that the Iraqis will ever have “truly functioning democracy” because “it’s a pretty corrupt... (full context)
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Insurgent violence in Baghdad seems to be dying down, at least for now. Kyle and the rest of his unit are transferred to an area called Habbaniyah—the place where... (full context)
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During his time in Habbaniyah, Kyle visits a doctor and learns that he has tuberculosis (TB). The doctor claims that Kyle... (full context)
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Kyle and the unit switch to a new assignment: arresting local insurgents. However, locals sometimes give... (full context)
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One day, Kyle snipes a man walking down the street, holding a heavy gun. Shortly afterwards, Kyle learns... (full context)
Chapter 8: Family Conflicts
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Kyle returns to Taya and his son. He left for Iraq just days after his son... (full context)
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During his time back in the states, Kyle goes to a New Orleans school run by FBI agents; there, he learns about picking... (full context)
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Kyle wants to be back in Iraq more and more each day. Taya is devastated when... (full context)
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Kyle reenlists and bonds with his new unit. During basic training, he hazes an overweight recruit... (full context)
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Before shipping out of training, Kyle gets two tattoos: a Trident, symbolizing his SEAL affiliations, and a cross, symbolizing his faith.... (full context)
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Two days before Kyle deploys, Taya learns that she’ll have to have an emergency C-section—her umbilical cord is wrapped... (full context)
Chapter 9: The Punishers
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Kyle arrives in Baghdad in April 2006, a few days behind the rest of his platoon,... (full context)
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Kyle arrives in Ramadi and learns that his platoon has been shipped out east of Ramadi... (full context)
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Kyle’s platoon returns from the east and greets him happily. By this time, Kyle has gained... (full context)
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Kyle works alongside his chief, a highly experienced sniper named Tony, who’s rumored to be forty... (full context)
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Kyle and his fellow soldiers patrol Ramadi; their plan is to draw fire from insurgents, and... (full context)
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...to take care of her children. Her mother comes to help her, but she misses Kyle terribly. She also takes an especially long time to recover from her C-section. (full context)
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Kyle and his platoon continue fighting off insurgents. As the fighting goes on, the SEALs collaborate... (full context)
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Every day, Kyle and the platoon receive tipoffs about bombs and landmines being planted in Ramadi—some of the... (full context)
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...Islamist fanatics,” while also trying to persuade local gangs to work with their tribal leaders. Kyle doesn’t dwell on the details of the military’s strategy in Ramadi—instead, “What we knew was... (full context)
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Another priority for Kyle and the troops is to work with Iraqi soldiers and police officers—collectively, jundis—by training them... (full context)
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On June 17, the American troops prepare for an offensive strike in Ramadi. Kyle is stationed at a COP (Command Observation Post) at the edge of Ramadi, where he’s... (full context)
Chapter 10: The Devil of Ramadi
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Several nights after the June 17 raid, Kyle and a group of Marines and jundis are sent down the river running through Ramadi... (full context)
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After securing COP Falcon, Kyle is ordered to work with military strategists in Ramadi. His job is to provide input... (full context)
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As Kyle continues his work, the U.S. military sends more tanks and trucks to Ramadi. COP Falcon... (full context)
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The military sends new orders to Kyle’s platoon: clear the area surrounding COP Falcon. Kyle and a few other SEALs volunteer to... (full context)
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While stationed in Ramadi, Kyle becomes more interested in prayer. Before fighting, he joins a prayer circle led by Marc... (full context)
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Kyle, now the head sniper in the area, trains new American snipers. However, his greatest passion... (full context)
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Taya calls Kyle, and learns that he’s written letters to her and their children, in the event that... (full context)
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Fighting in Ramadi escalates, and a total of ninety-six American soldiers are killed. Kyle has a few close calls, but survives the fighting. Kyle realizes that he’s become a... (full context)
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Kyle and the other SEALs fall into a “rhythm” of working in Ramadi: securing COPs, cordoning... (full context)
Chapter 11: Man Down
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On a hot summer day, Kyle walks through Ramadi with the other SEALs, scanning for insurgents. He and Ryan Job are... (full context)
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...evacuated from Iraq with severe wounds. He survives with his life but loses his vision. Kyle feels guilty for telling Ryan to stand by the road—it was he who put Ryan... (full context)
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...find no insurgents. While they’re gathered outside, a bullet hits Marc Lee in the head. Kyle sees that the fire is coming from a nearby house—he realizes that someone must have... (full context)
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Back at base, Kyle calls Taya and breaks down while telling her the sad news. Taya feels sorry for... (full context)
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...shrapnel injury, and the four soldiers who traveled back to the U.S. with Marc’s body), Kyle and the rest of his platoon decide to continue fighting, rather than “taking it easy.”... (full context)
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One day, Kyle sees two potential insurgents riding a moped. They stop and drop a heavy-looking backpack into... (full context)
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Kyle continues to discuss the bureaucracy of the war in Iraq. He notes that there were... (full context)
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In September 2006, Kyle learns from Taya that their daughter is sick with leukemia. Kyle is devastated by the... (full context)
Chapter 12: Hard Times
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When Kyle returns to Taya and his children in 2006, Taya senses right away that he’s stressed... (full context)
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Back in the U.S., Kyle watches as the doctors run tests on his daughter. Eventually, the doctors realize that Kyle... (full context)
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While he’s back with his family, Kyle is shocked to learn that, after his departure from Ramadi, the troops lost another SEAL,... (full context)
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In April 2007, Kyle and some fellow SEALs go to a bar, where they see a group of professional... (full context)
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While back in the U.S., Kyle and other SEALs go to speak with a famous author and former SEAL, Dick Couch.... (full context)
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Kyle learns that he’s suffering from serious knee injuries sustained over the course of his last... (full context)
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After many weeks of counseling, Kyle decides that he will not reenlist in the military when the time comes. He says,... (full context)
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Kyle is still back in the states, recovering from his knee surgery. This means that he’s... (full context)
Chapter 13: Mortality
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In April 2008, Kyle is stationed in Sadr City, near Baghdad. He and his SEAL team clear houses suspected... (full context)
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Kyle backs up to explain how he came to be in Sadr City. Kyle began his... (full context)
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We’re back where we were at the start of the chapter: Kyle has been thrown to the floor by the force of a bomb. His head is... (full context)
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Two days later, Kyle and the other SEALs return to the area surrounding the wall, this time with Strykers.... (full context)
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Looking back, Kyle decides, Sadr City was the worst place he ever served—even worse than Fallujah or Ramadi.... (full context)
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After a month, the soldiers complete the concrete walls through Sadr City. During this time, Kyle and his fellow SEALs kill hundreds of insurgents. Soon after the barriers go up, the... (full context)
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Back in the U.S. Taya continues to worry about Kyle. Her friends tell her that she doesn’t really know her husband. Privately, Taya wonders what... (full context)
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After the Mahdi Army begins negotiating for peace, Sadr City becomes much safer. Kyle gets a new assignment: find bomb makers and other insurgents in the villages surrounding Baghdad.... (full context)
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One day in the villages, Kyle and the other soldiers come upon a man wearing a police uniform. Kyle is immediately... (full context)
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On another night, Kyle and the soldiers raid a building. Kyle sees a man standing in the window of... (full context)
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...the building, toward a soccer field, where the army’s RG-33s (big, bulletproof vehicles) are parked. Kyle and his friends run for the RG-33s; one of the soldiers throws a smoke bomb,... (full context)
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Shortly after the incident in the village, Kyle applies for a transfer and returns to Delta platoon. At this time of year, it’s... (full context)
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In the following weeks as CPO, Kyle finds himself reliving the experience of being shot in Sadr City. He’s unable to sleep,... (full context)
Chapter 14: Home and Out
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Kyle ships out of Iraq in late August 2008. It feels surreal to be leaving the... (full context)
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Kyle is sorely tempted to reenlist, even though he promised Taya that he wouldn’t. Taya insists... (full context)
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Kyle remains in the U.S., and keeps in touch with Ryan, who’s lost both of his... (full context)
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In 2010, Kyle learns that Ryan and his wife are expecting a child. However, Ryan has to go... (full context)
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Kyle writes about Marc Lee, the SEAL who died shortly after Ryan was shot in Iraq.... (full context)
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Kyle tries to move on with his life, but doesn’t know what to do now that... (full context)
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Kyle settles his family in Texas, so that he can continue running the business. Being around... (full context)
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Although being around his wife and children relaxes him, Kyle continues to struggle with memories of the war. He drinks heavily, and one night he... (full context)
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Kyle becomes involves in veteran affairs; he invites veterans to ranches and shooting ranges and shows... (full context)
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After many years of serving in the military, Kyle no longer defines himself as a SEAL—first and foremost, he is a father and a... (full context)
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Kyle admits that his experiences in war have changed him deeply: they taught him to embrace... (full context)
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Kyle’s experiences in Iraq have made him stronger and more mature. Small things don’t bother him... (full context)