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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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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.