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American Sniper: Memorial Edition
American Sniper: Memorial Edition
von Chris Kyle
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 16,95

5.0 von 5 Sternen Honest, down-to-earth description of a Navy Seal's personal story of being at war., 30. Juni 2014
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I've bought this book, the memorial edition, out of my interest in experiences of modern warfare as described by those directly involved. I believe that men like Chris Kyle, who are willing to record their personal story in a no-nonsense and straightforward manner, have an important message to tell. People who have no idea whatsoever of what modern warfare consists of and what it means for the boots on the ground as well as for their families, but who are interested in gaining some insight, might benefit from open-mindedly taking in the information that is transmitted in books such as this one.
Even though people in war-free western societies might have some reservations in being confronted with the realities of warfare, for many people on our planet these are the realities of life, and as such are deserving of (at least) our contemplation. One important feature in Chris Kyle's story is the survival of his humanity after what he experienced in Irak. The clear line he seems to have drawn between right and wrong, "black and white without too many shades of grey" as that may have been according to his own words, in life as a civilian and as a Navy Seal, may well have contributed to this. The fact that he lost his life while trying to assist fellow veterans in their transition to civilian life is to my opinion however, especially after listening to him speak in televised interviews on youtube and reading this memorial edition cover-to-cover, testimony that his worldview may not have been as black and white as he would have had everyone believe.
My impression is that Chris Kyle stood up for what he believed was the right thing to do under any and all circumstances. A humble man of character with a determination to serve humanity. His is a story well worth reading and being remembered.


Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown
Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team SIX Operator Adam Brown
von Eric Blehm
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 16,00

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5.0 von 5 Sternen 5 stars for the man described in this book, 1 for NRA propaganda, 6. November 2012
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I've read the story about Adam Brown's life without putting it down until reaching the backcover. As another reviewer has also pointed out, the author's writing style isn't as polished as some other military biography writers out there on the market, but the story tends to get a hold of you like no other book I've read about soldiers involved in current conflicts. The movie "Act of Valor" reminded me of some of the things described here, so I'm guessing that Adam Brown's life and death might have been influential in creating that movie. Be that as it may, I truly believe that this story is one that deserves to be read by many.

As for the downside, when I had finished reading the main text and read where the original idea and money for the book came from, I could hardly have been more surprised. It appears that the National Rifle Association was involved from its inception until its publishing. A good thing to do, no doubt, making the story of a fallen elite soldier like Adam Brown's available to the public. But knowing what the NRA, with its great proponent the actor/political activist Charlton Heston, stands for and thinking about all the innocent gang-related victims guns manufactured and sold in the US are claiming each year in the US and Mexico alone (not to speak of the paranoia many American people are living with), it horrifies me to think that Adam Brown's family should have been lured by NRA right wing hawks into allowing them to abuse the story of their son's remarkable life and premature death as political propaganda.

So there you have it, a nevertheless gripping and inspiring story of one elite soldier's life and untimely death on the battlefield, blemished only by its shameless abuse as political propaganda by the NRA. Can't help wondering what Adam Brown's lifestory would have looked like in a book if an objective writer had been asked to do the honors. Future readers should be aware of politically inspired descriptions of certain events in the book. Do not be lulled into accepting just anything for granted.


No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden
No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden
von Mark Owen
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 15,95

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Down to earth military autobiography, 30. September 2012
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I've read this book in record time. A page-turner for military history buffs interested in the experience of men on the ground in 21st century special operations warfare. The huge increase in hands-on specops experience during more than a decade of war comes together in this story about the DEVGRU raid on Abbottabad, Pakistan, that culminated in the death of UBL.
Interspersed with that unique sense of humor members of the specops community appear to be sharing, making room for laughter and, by doing so, giving the reader a whiff of the 'incredible lightness of being' of life as an operational SEAL, the story is written in a down to earth no-nonsense style that will send shivers up your spine. At the same time, and for more reasons than those just mentioned, this story inspires awe and utmost respect for all the hardship and sacrifice consciously undergone and endured by those 'dawn few', those modest and unassuming men of character.


Flags of Our Fathers
Flags of Our Fathers
von James Bradley
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 19,60

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5.0 von 5 Sternen If six stars were possible, this book would get them., 1. August 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Flags of Our Fathers (Gebundene Ausgabe)
No words can describe what I felt after having finished this book. I have served some time in the special forces of my country and have some experience with the sort of feeling Mr. Bradley's father felt for his comrades in arms. Reading "Flags of Our Fathers" has been an extraordinary experience for me and I cannot adequately expres my deepest appreciation toward Mr. James Bradley for sharing with the public this magnificently honest story of one of the major battles of WW II during which his father together with several of his comrades just happened to raise a flag on a tiny island of the Pacific coast of Japan. The vast number of reviews this book has received up until now, and mind you it has only been published a couple of months ago, with an average appreciation of five stars says it all. Mr. James Bradley's "Flags of Our Fathers" is a superb work, and I wouldn't be surprised if before long it would come to be considered a classic.


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