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 784 Ratings


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.


  • Kick ass

    By sheffington
    Kick ass read Mat Best! Thanks for telling your story.
  • Great read

    By SILVERandGOLD53
    There is a lot of good stuff in here and a lit of dark humor. Worth a read especially if you enjoy his videos.
  • Funny and unfiltered

    By ADS19832536
    I really wish there wasn’t so much of this book that was blacked out. It was super frustrating and took away from the overall stories. I really enjoyed reading about his military service but not so much his party stories. I thought there would be more military material. Just different than what I expected but what I did read about the deployments and what led up to them was great!
  • Great Book Better Man

    By PickNearcy
    I have no military background but love our service men and women who risk it all for the sake of our freedom. What an amazing book written by an amazing human being. Some of the stories will have you laughing so hard that you can’t breath. I love this book and love what Mat Best stands for. He has dedicated his life to helping others that struggle to help themselves and that speaks louder than anything in this book. Wonderful job!
  • 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!!