Thank You for My Service - Mat Best, Ross Patterson & Nils Parker

Thank You for My Service

By Mat Best, Ross Patterson & Nils Parker

  • Release Date: 2019-08-20
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 572 Ratings

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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.


  • Made my day

    By rfdud
    Listened to this book today on a trip from Mississippi to home in Oklahoma finished it when I pulled into the driveway made me laugh a lot great to hear how he did the voices really pleasant to hear a honestly good story big fan now
  • Amazing

    By Julian123123123456789
    Im a Junior in hischool and this book helped passed the time and was truly amazing and hilarious. Although I wished some parts where not blacked out. but this is a great book. 🇺🇸
  • Thank me for my service.

    By El Paso Fox
    Matt Best is 21st century Viking! Enjoyed reading the book because you had no clue what the next page had in store. Matt is an amazingly talented young man who is going to figure out how to win big!
  • Thank you for my service

    By P,aul
    As USMC F4 driver and FAC (age 72)I appreciate the humor. My war was quite different than Best's. It is the brotherhood.You can always tell a fighter pilot but you can't tell him much. Entertaining read. Many laughs. STD's apparently dodged. Buy the book and the coffee.
  • Great!!

    By K DuBuc
    A must ready, very well written and funny. Way to go Mat loved it, super entertaining.
  • Awesome!!!

    By jvoskuil7
    Awesome read. Awesome outlook on life. Even though I am not military, I love what him and his friends do and how the do it. Huge fan/consumer of Black Riffle Coffee, listener of Drinkin Bro’s ( never miss an episode), and Even Hafer’s launch code. Just a great perspective on life. Thank you!!
  • A real book.

    By tywvalentine
    This is the writing of a real person. Emphasis on the real. How real people adapt and overcome, through humor. Loved the book, first book I ever pre-ordered.
  • Great American Story of Redemption

    By TD coffee
    Told with relatable humor that will have you laughing throughout, Mat Best tells how he found his purpose as a US Army Ranger, only to lose his way upon transitioning out of the military. Becoming an entrepreneur turned out to be his way forward, and his story is one of hope for anyone facing major setbacks or a difficult life transition. TD, US Marine
  • Best book in a long time

    By Jde2466
    This is the best book I’ve read in a very long time. It takes a humorous dive into what Mat Best has done and gone through in his life and service to the country. Listen to the Drinkin’ Bros podcast. They give even more insight into the culture of this book. Highly recommend both!
  • Can’t wait for the next book!!!

    By KO2011
    Best book all year!!!