Prather’s Pick: Another book about Chris Kyle
July 7, 2015
This week's book can be found at the Craig Moffat County Library on the shelves with new books. "The Life and Legend of Chris Kyle: American Sniper, Navy SEAL," written by Michael J. Mooney, was originally published as an e-book by Little, Brown and Company (2013). It was published as a First Back Bay paperback in 2015. The paperback is updated, with a new epilogue.
The book is 125 pages so it can be read in a hurry. There are eight pages of photos in the book.
Chapter one begins early Monday morning, Feb. 11, 2013, when hundreds of people lined up to enter the Dallas Cowboys' stadium to attend the memorial service for Kyle. People were from all ages and from every walk of life. A little more than a week ago, Kyle and his friend, Chad Littlefield, had been killed by a veteran they were trying to help. Though the chapter deals with the time right before the memorial, the rest of the event is included in Chapter 14.
Chapter two is a true story about Kyle, in January 2010, when he was approached by two robbers at gunpoint. This story was not included in "American Sniper." Then, in chapter three, the author reports on an interview he had with Kyle at Craft International, where he served as its president. By that time Kyle had retired from the Navy SEALs. Among the questions he answered were those dealing with his time with the SEALs and his time adjusting when he came back home.
The book covers his life prior to SEALs, too, including growing up on ranches, college, the choice to join the SEALs, meeting and marrying his wife, Taya, and his children. It was because of his family that Kyle finally made the choice to retire from the SEALs, but his readjustment to being home was difficult, nearly ending in divorce. He stayed at home, didn't work out and drank too much. But, he did enjoy his children, so he and Taya worked things out. He began to feel better and got involved in helping others who had served their country, including those who had been wounded. He started FITCO, a company that provides exercise machines. He and business associates started Craft International. With the help of Jim DeFelice, he wrote "American Sniper". Kyle appeared on talk shows, too.
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The book ends with an epilogue which includes information about his movie, directed by Clint Eastwood, and some end thoughts about Kyle.
Author Michael J. Mooney is a staff writer at "D Magazine."
This week's book is fast reading, informative and interesting. It costs $10 in paperback.