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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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4 out of 5 stars
By Gillian on 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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5 out of 5 stars
By Shawn Donnelly on 03-21-18

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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