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Audio Interview: Chris Kyle's American Sniper: The Memorial Edition


On February 2nd, Chris Kyle, the Navy Seal and the most lethal sniper in American military history, was one of two people killed by a fellow vet reported to be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, at one of the gun ranges at a hunting lodge and resort in Glen Rose, Texas. But not before he had written American Sniper, a number one New York Times bestseller, about which, Amazon notes:

From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. Kyle earned legendary status among his fellow SEALs, Marines, and U.S. Army soldiers, whom he protected with deadly accuracy from rooftops and stealth positions. Gripping and unforgettable, Kyle's masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the greatest war memoirs of all time.

A native Texan who learned to shoot on childhood hunting trips with his father, Kyle was a champion saddle-bronc rider prior to joining the Navy. After 9/11, he was thrust onto the front lines of the War on Terror, and soon found his calling as a world-class sniper who performed best under fire. He recorded a personal-record 2,100-yard kill shot outside Baghdad; in Fallujah, Kyle braved heavy fire to rescue a group of Marines trapped on a street; in Ramadi, he stared down insurgents with his pistol in close combat. Kyle talks honestly about the pain of war—of twice being shot, and experiencing the tragic deaths of two close friends.

Last week, William Morrow published an updated Memorial Edition, with numerous additional photos, and remembrances from those who knew him best. In our podcast today, we'll talk first with American Sniper co-author Jim DeFelice, and then Chris's widow, Taya Kyle.

During our 22-minute long interview, Jim and Taya discuss:

● How Chris went from rodeo star to Navy SEAL.

● How Jim and Taya first met Chris.

● The events leading up to Chris's shocking death.

● The memorial tribute to Kyle in Arlington's Dallas Cowboys Stadium and 200-mile funeral procession.

● How the new Memorial Edition of American Sniper came to be.

And much more. Click here to listen:

(22 minutes and 36 seconds long; 20.7 MB file size. Want to download instead of streaming? Right click here to download this interview to your hard drive. Or right click here to download the 6.46 MB lo-fi edition.)

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