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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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  • James B.

    The narration was good but this book was not for me - it had really excessive language and it seemed self-indulgent. I think this book is meant to be more of a humorous riff from a young man's perspective, and was different than what I was hoping and expected.

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  • Anonymous

    Over use. of offensivr language.

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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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  • Shawn M.

    loved this couldn't have been better

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  • Anonymous

    This book is narrated like Deadpool was a real veteran. Amazing book, and it gives new light to what service members actually go through so that hopefully, civilians will understand a little better. If you do not like vulgar language and actions, not the book for you.

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  • Drew B.

    Great book super funny

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  • Bret B.

    All around great experience listening to this, even better that it’s Mat reading it.

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