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Thank You for My Service

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Mat Best

7 Hours 13 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

August 2019

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The unapologetic, laugh-your-ass-off military memoir both vets and civilians have been waiting for, from a five-tour Army Ranger turned YouTube phenomenon and zealous advocate for veterans
Members of the military’s special operations branches share a closely guarded secret: They love their jobs. They relish the opportunity to fight. They are thankful for it, even, and hopeful that maybe, possibly, they’ll also get to kill a bunch of bad guys while they’re at it. You don’t necessarily need to thank them for their service—the pleasure is all theirs.

In this hilarious and personal memoir, readers ride shotgun alongside former Army Ranger and private military contractor and current social media phenomenon Mat Best, into the action and its aftermath, both abroad and at home. From surviving a skin infection in the swampy armpit of America (aka Columbus, Georgia) to kicking down doors on the outskirts of Ramadi, from blowing up a truck full of enemy combatants to witnessing the effects of a suicide bombing right in front of your face, Thank You for My Service gives readers who love America and love the good guys fresh insight into what it’s really like inside the minds of the men and women on the front lines.

It’s also a sobering yet steadying glimpse at life for veterans after the fighting stops, when the enemy becomes self-doubt or despair and you begin to wonder why anyone should be thanking you for anything, least of all your service. How do you keep going when something you love turns you into somebody you hate? For veterans and their friends and families, Thank You for My Service will offer comfort, in the form of a million laughs, and counsel, as a blueprint for what to do after the war ends and the real fight begins.

And for civilians, this is the insider account of military life you won’t find anywhere else, told with equal amounts of heart and balls. It’s Deadpool meets Captain America, except one went to business school and one went to therapy, and it’s anyone’s guess which is which.

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  • Carrie B.

    What an awesome book!!! What a personality!!! Mat has a great sense of humor! I am going to start watching his videos. Highly recommend this book!!

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  • Christopher N.

    Absolutely awesome! I've read quite a few autobiographies of military personnel and biographies about others. This one is truly on of the best (no pun intended) I've ever read. I've followed Mat for a few years now and had been waiting a while for this book, and by no means was I disappointed. If you're looking for a serious and only motivational autobiography, this is not that. You better have a sense of humor if you decide to open. The awesome thing is though it is hilarious it is also incredibly motivational. Has become truly one of my favorites.

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  • Vichea P.

    Inspirational, hilarious, heartwarming, nasty, naughty, heroic,

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  • David B.

    Great book. If you're a fan of Mat and don't have a thin skin (i.e. reviews that whine about language), this is the book for you.

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  • Chasity E.

    I loved this book I have a son in the Army and I was always worried that he was sad ha this book told me he is not sad he lives to serve his country he reminded me of my son so much Thank u for your Service!

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  • Anonymous

    Awesome book I would recommend this book to everyone especially veterans.

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  • Anonymous

    I am whining about the language. Funny book, funnier if language was better, as shown by some of his analogies. Very little regard for women, though I didn't finish it , yet, and he might be growing up. I understand the necessity of shock value in war but shock value in bathroom humor and sexuality is old, over done, not creative and adds nothing to the book. Mat, personality isn't everything - finding common ground, helping people to understand your values, showing how our society could be better - that is value. Keep trying.

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  • Anonymous

    loved it. great listen.

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  • Anonymous

    The most amusing military memoir out there

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  • Brian P.

    awesome book

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