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With over 100 combat missions and 24 years as a Green Beret, Changiz Lahidji is an expert in military operations. Full Battle Rattle is the legendary audiobook memoir of a soldier who served America in every war after Vietnam. 

Master Sergeant Changiz Lahidji served on Special Forces A-teams longer than anyone in history, completing over a hundred combat missions in Afghanistan. Changiz is a Special Forces legend. He also happens to be the first Muslim Green Beret. 

Changiz served this country starting with Operation Eagle Claw in 1980, when he entered Tehran on a one-man mission to spy on Iranian soldiers guarding the US embassy where 52 US diplomats were being held hostage. Three years later he was in Beirut, Lebanon, when a suicide car bomb exploded in front of the US embassy, killing 83 people. Weeks after that he was shot by Hezbollah terrorists on a night mission. 

In Operation Iraqi Freedom, he led a convoy that was ambushed on its way to Fallujah. He was clearing houses in Mogadishu, Somalia, in October 1993 when a US Black Hawk helicopter was shot down 50 feet away from him in the incident that inspired Black Hawk Down. In 2002 he dressed as a farmer and snuck into eastern Afghanistan and located Osama bin Laden for the CIA. Along the way, Changiz earned numerous commendations, including the Special Forces Legion of Merit, Purple Hearts, and many others. Last year he was nominated for induction in Military Intelligence Hall of Fame and cited as "the finest noncommissioned officer to ever serve in Special Forces".

Written with Ralph Pezzullo, Changiz's story is an amazing audiobook of perseverance and courage, of combat and one man's love for his adopted country. 

©2018 Changiz Lahidji and Ralph Pezzullo (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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Great man, not a good book.

I have great respect for Mr. Lahidji. He had an amazing career in the military. I wish he would have written several books about his career rather than try and capture it all in one. This book just was hard to stay interested in because it was so broad and generalized. At times it felt like an acronym dictionary. It seems like a bigger emphasis was on teaching me acronyms than telling me the story of this impressive individual. Thank you for your service Mr. Lahidji.

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They need to find a narrator who knows military.

I really wanted to like this book, however it's easy to tell that Mr. Lahidji had a co-writer who took too many liberties.
He added fluff and conversations that just don't happen in any environment such as when hanging out with other operators and picking up women at a local bar. The conversations which were written sounded like a horrible B-movie script. "Go get her Changiz!" Who says that?
When he wrote of radio dialog he added fluff that just doesn't happen on military radios by professionals. No one ever says, "Over and out." Never.

At the beginning of the novel he went to jump school, did he required jumps and got his wings and was immediately awarded his Ranger Tab. Excuse me, WTF??? How would Changiz even allow that to be printed? That's a major flaw and one that every single military veteran who is listening to this book pissed off about.

I wanted so much to like this book, I really did, but the annoying additions by the co-writer were horrible.

The narrator has done a few military books and I recognize his voice. By this time he should have been coached on the proper pronunciation of military terms. It's small, but annoying. No one ever says 'five point five six', we say 'five five six' for small arms ammo or 'one fifty two', but rather 'one five two' when talking about howitzer rounds. Petty, but if you're listening to a military book, you expect military speak to be spot on.

I'm sorry, but pass on this book. I'm struggling to get through it.

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  • Gillian
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • 02-21-18

Little Snippets That Cover EVERYthing!

Believe me when I tell you that Changiz Lahidji has seen it all. I mean EVERY scrape and tangle, big and small, the US has gotten into. The man has served the country like no other.
He started in the US by pumping gas and then his dedication and drive took him to places he can talk about, places he can't.
He was in Iran for the failed mission to free the hostages in that country; he was in Mogadishu when the black hawk went down; he was in the convoy that was ambushed in Iraq, where contractors were killed, their bodies strung up from the bridge. What is covered in Full Battle Rattle is so extraordinary that I had to Google Changiz to see if any red flags were raised, but thus far, I've seen nothing to indicate that this is anything less than the truth.
Don't expect ANYthing in-depth--the man has done too much for him to really get into accounts of what he's seen and been through. The book is snippets, really.
Still, I have nothing but respect for him (until he gets to the parts where he discusses women and then they're viewed as nothing but objects to him. Fortunately, there aren't too many meanderings in that direction...), and if the lack of depth doesn't earn the book a 5-stars, my respect for him definitely serves up 4.

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Superficial and hyperbolic

The narrator has obviously had no military experience. The story is superficial in scope and appears hyperbolic rather than detailed. Would not recommend to anyone with military experience

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A REAL American idol

I wish I was a fraction of the man this hero is. There should be a holiday to commemorate him, and the selfless service he voluntarily gave for his adopted country. Everyone in the US should know his name and what he has done for the country. If you're looking for a great story that is non-fictional, look no further than to this book. The man has visited and worked in over 50 countries, mostly with his life on the line. I read a review that said he views women as objects but I'm not sure that's true. You be the judge while you hear about a living legend and how he has served his adopted country, the US.

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Real American Hero.

Great story of an immigrant who supported the US and made the dream possible for other immigrants to be successful. He is a warrior!

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Changiz is amazing!!

What an absolutely amazing man. He is the quintessential American. Born in Iran he immigrated and assimilated becoming a legendary figure in special warfare. The best novelist couldn’t make up what this man lived and how much he added to our security. I say THANK YOU CHANGIZ.

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Respect.

This man has been through some phenomenal situations and has emerged with a positice attitude and solod advice. Much respect for his efforts!

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A soldier's story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is not a bad book. It chronicals Changiz Lahidji's career and missions over several decades with average storytelling. If you are looking for a story, then this is good. If you are looking for highly detailed battle descriptions then this is less likely to keep you interested, but it is worth the read or listen.

How could the performance have been better?

Unfortunately, the narrator sounds like an average man, maybe a teacher, or a lawyer, or a salesman. He does not sound convincing enough to have been in the military, so the soft well enunciated words with little inflection, to me, clearly took some authenticity out of the read.

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Amazing book by a warrior with a heart.

This book has what's missing from so many soldier stories. An immigrant who suffered humiliations at the hands of his countrymen for whom he sacrificed more that 99.9% of the population. One of the best I've "read" in years!

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