Though I’ve heard much about it and plan to see it one day, my reasons for watching American Sniper will be different than yours. In fact, one might say, they’ll be unique.
What will make my reasons for watching the blockbuster film unique? For starters, I wrote my first nonfiction book, Three Days In August, about an American sniper.
In the book, I tell the story of a Green Beret medic, intelligence operator and Level One sniper (i.e., the highest level of DoD sniper) whose toughest battle had nothing to do with taking out enemy combatants with expertly-calculated shots covering great distances. Instead, he fought the military justice system.
Though I interviewed this warrior at length and on several occasions following his release from the U.S. Military Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., I do not recall ever speaking with him at length about his experiences as a sniper. Why? Because we had “bigger fish to fry.”
The book is based largely upon what I uncovered during more than 18 months of investigation that included studying case documents and perusing the official Record of Trial (a.k.a., “trial transcript”). Likewise, it’s based upon details gleaned during the aforementioned interviews. The book does, however, contain some details of this highly-decorated combat veteran‘s time in combat. You can read some of them in the book excerpt, “You always hope somebody’s got your back,” which I published Dec. 31.
Though Three Days In August hasn’t been turned into a movie yet, many people who’ve read it say it should find its way to the silver screen. I’ll let you decide.
After you read the aforementioned excerpt, I hope you’ll order a copy of Three Days In August and, after reading it, let me know if you think it should be turned into a feature film. Thanks in advance!
UPDATE 2/25/2015 at 1:26 p.m. Central: A friend sent me a link to an article published under the headline, The Making of a Real American Sniper. It helps explain what Kelly Stewart told me as highlighted in the blue portion of this article‘s lead paragraph. Hope you’ll read and share.
UPDATE 4/19/2015 at 1:13 p.m. Central: Check out the limited-time free-books offer here.
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