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Full Battle Rattle: My Story as the Longest-Serving Special Forces A-Team Soldier in American History

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Over 100 combat missions, 24 years as a Green Beret―Full Battle Rattle tells the legend of a soldier who served America in every war since 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
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published February 6th 2018 by St. Martin's Press
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Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I would say this is about a 3.75-4. I enjoyed this book. It held my interest from the beginning, and I even told my husband (he's in the Army) about it. If you like reading bios/autobios about military figures, then give this one a go. Yes there are some editing errors, but I don't hold those against my rating.

**Goodreads win**
Phil Teves
Mar 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: military-history

Not a real great book. It's full of so many mis-spellings and poorly worded descriptions to be almost unreadable. Lots of inaccuracies for a longtime SF trooper. Editing seems non-existent.

For example, simple references like "C-rations" come out "sea rations".

5th SF Group comes out as "5th Group Special Forces". Jump (Airborne) School graduation turns into him becoming a "ranger" with his "bronze" blood wings. His description of the SF Phase IIA 300F1 course at Fort Sam Houston is littered with
A good read.. but horrible proofing..

Sea-rations for C-rations?

Guam is 210 sq feet?
This was a very fast read for me. I thought it was interesting and engaging and it held my attention; I did not want to put it down. I am not saying it was a "nail-biter" by any means, but it was fascinating to read about different 'events' in American history from his "unique" perspective. Yes, it has its issues with grammar and mistakes which an editor really should have caught (view spoiler) ...more
Dio Handoyo
Apr 21, 2018 rated it liked it
A well-told account of Master Sergeant Lahidji's colorful life. Can't even imagine the level of racism he must have experienced from both sides of the table.

My personal opinion is that the book unfortunately doesn't deeply capitalize on the differentiating factor it could have had against other "veteran biographies" out there (of which there is an abundance these days) - the unthinkable fact that an Iranian-born Muslim (that served in the Iranian military, no less) could have joined and risen t
Jock Mcclees
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
An Iranian national who becomes a US special forces soldier. The first Muslim in Special Forces. The longest serving member of special forces. Fascinating story. He was in the Iranian Army for a while and came to the US before the Shah fell. He tried working different jobs with family members but decided to join the US armed forces.

The story is fascinating because he was involved in almost every major incident the US has been involved with in the last 40 years. He was involved in the hostage cr
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Green Beret's memoirs of his 30+ years in the US Army special forces. He was the first Moslem to be in the US special forces, and as at publication [2018], still the longest serving.
Most memoirs that I have read focus on either the training or one or two intense missions or operations.
This memoir is very different in that he recounts each significant episode in his career starting with joining the Iranian special forces during the Shah’s reign before migrating to the west coast of the USA. H
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book a great deal. It was interesting to read about the experiences of a man who served in every hot spot in the word since I graduated from high school. I found that he had some very interesting insights as to why these events rolled out the way they did. While he mentioned the racism that he experienced, the did not dwell on it. What came through to me, was that despite the treatment, he was not embittered, but proud to be an American citizen. I see Lahidji as a true American he ...more
A Busscher
Jul 15, 2018 rated it liked it
It was a great skim read. I didn't read every word due to the fact that 1)its military jargon 2) I don't need to know the technical name of a certain weapon. It was written like it was day by day however when you start putting the dates together you realize how long he was actually in the military. One part/ idea that I hated and truly despise about the book was how people treated him! Just because he is muslim and is from the middle east does not mean he is a terrorist! He wrote of two times in ...more
Apr 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: military-read
Lahidji came to America as a young man and join the US Army. His courage and language skills made him a valuable asset in the following years. Speaking of language, if you aren't used to being around soldiers, the f-bombs, etc that he drops may offend you.

As a naturalized citizen, not only did he fight the enemy, but he had to overcome the prejudice towards him for not being "like us!" Following his career from his perspective is very interesting over his prolonged 24 year career as a Green Ber
Mar 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I received this book through the Goodread's Giveaways Program. I didn't hate this book, but I didn't love this book either. I am sure there were a lot of stories to recount over a 35 year period of service, but I felt that the book lacked depth. For example, I would have loved to learn more about his role in prepping for Desert One. He highlights some of the bias he received from being Iranian descent, but I would have liked to have seen more of that. He highlights some of his sexual prowess, bu ...more
Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I'm guessing he left the actual writing to the author who apparently was in a hurry to get to publication. I dont know, but an SF NCO wouldn't address a 1st Sgt as sir, himself as 11 Bravo (18 Bravo; Weapons Specialist maybe?), or call an M203 a .203 Machine Gun as in one of the photo depictions. Youre not a Ranger upon passing 3 week jump school. I admit I skimmed a good portion. writer wasn't clear on basic military forms DD214, 201 file etc. But still interesting accomplishments and
Mark "Lefty" Holencik
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
Changiz tells his story his story of being in the Special Forces serving his adopted country. Going up in Iran then imagrating to the US, he joins the army and becomes a Green Beret. He seen John Wayne's movie "The Green Berets" and that became his dream.
He did not let his minimal english skills, or the prejudice against him stop him. He became a legend and the longest serving US special forces soldier. One of those books you just do not want to stop reading.
Nov 06, 2019 rated it liked it
An immigrant from Iran who served both in uniform and out for more than three decades shares vignettes from his service. His fundamental conclusion? That all of us are more alike than we are different. He’s a big advocate for investing rather than killing as a form of national power.

The writing and narration are decent but not excellent. And there were a few mistakes that an editor should have uncovered: “sea” rations....
Joel B Champagne
A different perspective

Excellent read offering a different point of view on a typically black and white topic. Amazing what humanity can offer the world when violence is just another potential solution.
Glenn Carter
Good story, poorly edited

HSLD soldier, no doubt, but the errors in terminology were glaring. Kind of a fluff piece, and MSG Lahidji deserves better.
Zach Kelsey
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book is great, but the editor should be slapped. So many errors in the editing but thank God for men like Changiz!
Trenton Weekes
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great book. Good message, especially the final one.
Cindy Murray
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm not really into war type books but when i started to read it I felt i couldn't put it down. An honest and compelling read! Loved it!
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