What's Hot?: Thank You for My Service by Mat Best
“ 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 ”
This is the story
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.
Reviews and What Readers Say
“ Mat’s long-awaited first book firmly establishes him as one of the most refreshing and honest voices of the modern war veteran.From the hilarious to the serious to the downright heartbreaking, reading Mat’s book gives you an insight to a remarkable American life... and one that’s just barely starting to take off.”
―E. W. Totel, Amazon Reader's Review, Verified Purchase
“ I was in the VA waiting room and shockingly found myself with a lot of time on my hands. I was only there to pick up some medical records, but I'm sure that everyone else there now thinks I need mental health help because of how hard I was laughing. If that statement made you laugh, this book is for you (if not, I don't know, maybe go watch Don Lemon in a safe space or something). So get yourself a copy (and a Ghostbed, and some Black Rifle Coffee mixed with Strikeforce Energy), and read chapters in between viewings of Range 15. #PRATTFORMAT"
―Charles Belfield, Amazon Reader's Review, Verified Purchase
“ After years of anticipation, Thank You For My Service finally arrived yesterday. Upon opening this majestic freedom guide, a bald eagle landed at my window and I immediately grew a full beard. Not only is this book a guide on how to be an American, but it will make you literally laugh out loud. This book is not for you if you hate America, for everyone else, it’s a must read. If you’re a soy boy, this book will hopefully pull out of the world of betas and put you on the path towards alpha greatness."
―Rusty Buckshot, Amazon Reader's Review, Verified Purchase
“ If you're looking for the one book that truly pairs well with 2 fingers of Leadslingers Whiskey (neat, obviously) and a dinner plate of your finest grass fed pan-seared cod, look no further. This is the book your soon to be ex-wife will win in the divorce settlement after she finds out you spent all of your vacation money on Crye and Skoal for a totally hetero weekend with "the boys."
Buy with confidence.
―Jesse J., Amazon Reader's Review, Verified Purchase
“ This book is (redacted) great!!! Mat has one of the best senses of dark humor and even tho I am not a vet I can truly appreciate all he and others went through and I know the community as a whole is better by having Mat and a book like this exist."High-Fiving faces with a suppressed weapon" is one of the many jems written in this book. If that makes you chuckle even a little you should buy this book."
―HKing, Amazon Reader's Review, Verified Purchase
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Mat Best is a former U.S. Army Ranger serving with the 2nd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. He was deployed five times to Iraq and Afghanistan, four times to Operation Iraqi Freedom and once to Operation Enduring Freedom as a fire team leader. He then spent five years working as a private military contractor. In 2012, Best created his first YouTube video, and his social media presence has since accumulated more than three million subscribers and fans while generating hundreds of millions of views. Best is also the co-founder of three successful businesses, Black Rifle Coffee, Leadslingers Whiskey, and Article 15 Clothing, and serves as executive vice president of Black Rifle Coffee. In addition, he co-produced the feature film Range 15, the most successful independent, crowd-funded film at the box office in the summer of 2016. Raised in Santa Barbara, California, and the youngest of six from a military family, Mat Best lives in San Antonio, Texas.