The Gripping Memoir You Need to Read this Summer (The Tank Man’s Son + a Giveaway!)

Book Review, Giveaway

*I received this book in exchange for a review and this giveaway. All opinions are authentic and my own.*

“His guns, his tank, his carplane: all Dad’s stuff, and us just along for the ride.”
The Gripping Memoir You Need to Read this Summer - The Tank Man's Son

The Tank Man’s Son is a gripping memoir that captured my interest from the first moment I heard the plot line. A neo-nazi father raising a family in a trailer so uninhabitable, that sand from the outside is impossible for even a vacuum salesman to remove? The perspective of small children growing up with no idea that a father who makes them wash and re-wash every dish in the house in the middle of the night until they’re perfect, wasn’t the way their classmates lived? It was fascinating. Fascinatingly heartbreaking.
The Gripping Memoir You Need to Read this Summer - The Tank Man's Son
Mark Bouman brings you into his every day life, and makes you feel like you’re there avoiding shots in his father’s manufactured gun range, and riding along on his latest creation. But he also brings you into the moment as the verbal and physical abuse worsens. This memoir reads more like a fictional story as Bouman takes you along the wild ride that was growing up without your own identity – but as The Tank Man’s Son.

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I started reading this book on my girl’s only camping trip, and then snuck in pages here and there as frequently as I could. The book really captures your interest and makes you think about life. I enjoyed, for lack of a better word, “watching” as Mark realized the undesireable traits in his father, and how those traits impaced how he treated those around him. Rather than loving people and using things, his father used people and loved things. It’s an incredible feat that after being raised in that environment, Bouman ended up dedicating his life to missionary work and investing in his family in Cambodia.

The Tank Man’s Son would also be an awesome book for your monthly book club. I don’t want to say too much and give away the ending, but as someone who had a rough relationship with her father growing up (nothing on this scale, but rough nonetheless), and then was blessed enough to see God redeem that, any book that deals with the internal struggles in a family that can end in a life even a tiny bit restored and redeemed through God’s amazing grace holds a special place in my heart. I’d highly recommend this book for your next adventurous read.
The Gripping Memoir You Need to Read this Summer - The Tank Man's Son
I also want to point out that this book would be good for either gender. Most of the books I read are non-fiction focusing on women’s issues or fiction with strong female leads. It was a really nice change to read a memoir from a man’s point of view. I’ve already recommended it to several IRL people. The Tank Man’s Son would make a good Christmas present (too soon?) for the male reader in your life.

Luckily for one of you, Tyndale has provided a copy to give away to one lucky WMSB reader! WMSB is also throwing in a $10 gift card to a coffee shop to keep you cozy while you read. You must be in the USA to win this book. Using the Rafflecopter below, enter to win your own copy that you won’t be able to put down.
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64 Comments

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    stephanie (@stephanieamber)
    August 12, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    oh gosh. your description of the book is definitely intriguing.
    and side note i love the picture of you with your cozy looking leggings. <3
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      Brittany
      August 12, 2015 at 10:06 pm

      Oh man. Those leggings are the best $6 I’ve spent on clothes ever :)

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    stephanie (@stephanieamber)
    August 12, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    and second side note – my favorite thing about reading memoirs is getting a glimpse of life from someone that i will probably NEVER relate to, you know?
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      Brittany
      August 12, 2015 at 10:06 pm

      Absolutely! I feel the same way!

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    Natalie
    August 13, 2015 at 6:55 am

    I love reading memoirs because it is a glimpse into someone else’s life.

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      Brittany
      August 13, 2015 at 7:55 am

      I really like that too!

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    Lindsey
    August 15, 2015 at 8:50 am

    I’ve been looking for a new book!

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    Lindsey
    August 15, 2015 at 8:50 am

    I’ve been wanting a new book!
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      Brittany
      August 15, 2015 at 1:01 pm

      I hope you like it if you check it out!

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    Natalie
    August 15, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    I loved the trailers, especially the black and white photos!

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      Brittany
      August 16, 2015 at 8:17 pm

      I liked those too!

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    Ashley C
    August 16, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    I love learning about other people’s lives. It’s so interesting and intriguing. I don’t read them often, though.

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      Brittany
      August 16, 2015 at 9:13 pm

      I don’t either, but I think I should really start. Their lives are so fascinating!

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    amy guillaume linderman
    August 17, 2015 at 9:06 am

    feeling as if you are right there in the middle of the action. really feeling like a part of the story

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    Jennifer Nielsen
    August 18, 2015 at 6:03 am

    I love escaping into someone else’s world, it is like experiencing life in a totally different way.

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      Brittany
      August 18, 2015 at 6:34 am

      Oh man. That’s so true!

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    Alyssa Mrozek
    August 18, 2015 at 7:09 am

    It’s always interesting to find another perspective inside the family of a neonazi man. Looks like a great read!

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      Brittany
      August 18, 2015 at 7:10 am

      It was! It’s a perspective I haven’t read before.

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    Kim Cowgar
    August 18, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    My favorite thing about reading memoirs is getting the background to something that I might have heard about but didn’t really understand. It’s like being in someone else’s shoes for a bit

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      Brittany
      August 18, 2015 at 6:30 pm

      Totally!

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    Kim Cowgar
    August 18, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    I thought it was interesting how the trailer showing all those nostalgic style photos was in such sharp contrast to the actual story he was describing.

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      Brittany
      August 18, 2015 at 6:30 pm

      Right? Pictures can hide the pain going on in the lives of the people being photographed.

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    John Joseph
    August 19, 2015 at 5:24 am

    the trailer was very unique as in how the story is actually going down but very interesting

    • Reply
      Brittany
      August 19, 2015 at 7:00 am

      I’m glad you thought it was interesting! I did too!

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    John Joseph
    August 19, 2015 at 5:26 am

    Memoirs bring fascination about others insight and experiences in life. They are gripping because we are all curious of how others live compared to ourselfs

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    John Joseph
    August 19, 2015 at 5:28 am

    memoirs are gripping because we all wonder how others live compared to ourselfs and what it would be like living differently

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      Brittany
      August 19, 2015 at 6:30 am

      Yes, definitely!

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    Julie Waldron
    August 19, 2015 at 6:46 am

    This looks like a great book, seeing the trailer makes me want to go out & buy it.

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      Brittany
      August 19, 2015 at 6:59 am

      Oh good! I hope you enjoy it!

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    Julie Waldron
    August 19, 2015 at 6:47 am

    My favorite thing about reading memoirs is learning about someone else’s life.

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      Brittany
      August 19, 2015 at 7:00 am

      I find that really interesting, too.

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    amanda sakovitz
    August 19, 2015 at 8:53 am

    I love learning about the real side of people.

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    Pam H.
    August 19, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    My favorite thing about reading memoirs is learning how someone else discovered who he/she is.

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      Brittany
      August 25, 2015 at 7:20 am

      Oh yea, this is a great one too!

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    Pam H.
    August 19, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    This sounds like a gut-wrenching read. I can’t imagine how hard it must have been to be the “tank man’s son.” I had a completely opposite experience growing up, as I had a loving, attentive father.

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      Brittany
      August 25, 2015 at 7:22 am

      I do like how a memoir can help you to appreciate a really healthy aspect of your own life. :)

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    Mark Bouman
    August 19, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Brittany, Thanks for your great review of my book. I’m glad you enjoyed it. When I sent the manuscript to the publisher it was enough for three books as I had so many stores of the crazy things my dad did. Anyway, glad you enjoyed it and thank you. Blessings, Mark

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      Brittany
      August 25, 2015 at 7:23 am

      Mark, Thank you so much for stopping by to read my review. I feel very honored! I can only imagine how many stories you have about your life. Thank you for using God’s amazing plan to bring his glory to the world. Take care.

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    Fiona N
    August 19, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    My favorite thing about reading memoirs is getting inspired and learning many things from someone’s life!
    Thank You

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      Brittany
      August 25, 2015 at 7:23 am

      Yes! There is so much inspiration inside a memoir!

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    Fiona N
    August 19, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    I think this book is interesting to read. I also love those white and black photos!
    Thank You

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      Brittany
      August 25, 2015 at 7:23 am

      The photos were great!

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    Jennifer H.
    August 19, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    It would be interesting to read about how the tank was so important to his dad. I watched the trailer.

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      Brittany
      August 25, 2015 at 7:24 am

      Thanks for checking out the trailer!

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    Jennifer H.
    August 19, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    I find it interesting to read about others.

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      Brittany
      August 25, 2015 at 7:24 am

      Me too!

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    Mary V
    August 19, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    I like reading the memoirs, because you can really feel what the person is thinking and feeling Thanks for the chance

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      Brittany
      August 25, 2015 at 7:24 am

      Oh totally. It’s awesome to get inside someone else’s head.

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    Nancy
    August 19, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    I like to read about unique people’s lives.

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      Brittany
      August 25, 2015 at 7:25 am

      The Tank Man’s Son, Mark, definitely had a unique life!

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    John H.
    August 19, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    I watched the trailer and it seems like his dad spent a lot of time with the tank.

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      Brittany
      August 25, 2015 at 7:25 am

      He did!

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    John H.
    August 19, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    I find that they are interesting.

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    Angela Saver
    August 19, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    I loved the trailer because it just looks really interesting & intriguing!

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      Brittany
      August 25, 2015 at 7:25 am

      Oh great! Thanks for watching!

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    j
    August 19, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    Memoirs like this let me live a different childhood; some I’d have preferred; some very questionable.

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    james jenkins
    August 19, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    Memoirs like this let me live other childhoods; some alluring; some questionable.

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      Brittany
      August 25, 2015 at 7:25 am

      Totally!

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    Angela Saver
    August 19, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    My favorite thing about reading memoirs is learning about other people’s lives & seeing how differently people live.

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      Brittany
      August 25, 2015 at 7:26 am

      Yea this is a great one!

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