By Tim Kelleher – 1851 Staff
“American Sniper,” a memoir by Chris Kyle reflecting on his military career, and the film adaptation, directed and produced by Clint Eastwood, starring Bradley Cooper, chronicles everything from joining the military to being in firefights to returning back to civilian life.
Similar to other book-to-film adaptations, the film cannot be compared to the book. It is written like no other autobiography I’ve read. As a Navy SEAL, Chris Kyle was a strong, courageous man who didn’t learn or follow the proper writing styles. This is what really brings the book to life; it’s as though you are talking to Kyle himself.
Kyle makes sure to include the love of his life, Taya Kyle. In several different points of the book, Kyle will write from the point of view of his wife. Taya pro- vides insight on what it is like around the house and back in the states while the father of her child is living in constant danger. This was an interesting part of the book that I thought really stood out.
The movie covered key points of the book, such as the “Olympian” Sniper, his marriage, and his tragic death. Although these events really draw the viewer in, the book had more people that Kyle talks about as being true friends who changed his life. The things Kyle was asked to do were remarkable. The missions he went on make video games look easy, from advancing on an oil field to hitting an enemy soldier from 2,100 yards away.
Being in the military is a demanding and terrifying job. He suffered from minor Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, but even then he was a good man. He didn’t like that he had to kill, but he knew if he didn’t, the people he knew and loved could die. He did it to save lives.
The book was the best I have read in years. It shows almost every aspect of be- ing in the military and what surrounds it. There are no words that can describe how interesting and incredible the book is. I highly recommend reading about Chris Kyle’s endeavors in his autobiography.
The book and movie created a lot of controversy, but it has brought to light how drastic and cruel war can be. Both show soldiers are not just robots with guns, but human-beings. Chris Kyle was not a cruel, unjust coward, but was a man with true understanding, courage, and strength. He is a true American Hero and he will be missed.