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Curious if you guys read Garrett Reppenhagen’s I was an American sniper, and Chris Kyle..

It’s probably one of my favorite reads regarding American Sniper, next to the stuff you guys wrote, of course!


@ Eric R – I think I saw that article at some point, we read a lot on that film.

And thank you!


@ Erik – R. – that’s a good article. It reminds me of a quote (to our hosts: I’m pretty sure this one is verifiable!) by the Duke of Wellington: “The history of a battle is not unlike the history of a ball. Some individuals may recollect all the little events of which the great result is the battle won or lost, but no individual can recollect the order in which, or the exact moment at which, they occurred, which makes all the difference as to their value or importance.”

While the analogy may have lost some of its vividness in modern society it still holds true, and is a reason why memoirs in general shouldn’t be considered definitive sources of information. Aside from all of the proven factual errors and biases in the subject memoir, it (and movie) is told (I’m assuming – having neither read/seen the products) from a very narrow perspective.

Moreover, no one should be basing policy decisions on the word of an E-anything, or anyone below about O-9 (and even then info should be corroborated).