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Code Talker

The First and Only Memoir by One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WWII

By Chester Nez, Judith Schiess Avila

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Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 01 September 2011
The first and only memoir by one of the original Navajo code talkers of WWII.

His name wasn't Chester Nez. That was the English name he was assigned in kindergarten. And in boarding school at Fort Defiance, he was punished for speaking his native language, as the teachers sought to rid him of his culture and traditions. But discrimination didn't stop Chester from answering the call to defend his country after Pearl Harbor, for the Navajo have always been warriors, and his upbringing on a New Mexico reservation gave him the strength--both physical and mental--to excel as a marine.

During World War II, the Japanese had managed to crack every code the United States used. But when the Marines turned to its Navajo recruits to develop and implement a secret military language, they created the only unbroken code in modern warfare--and helped assure victory for the United States over Japan in the South Pacific.

INCLUDES THE ACTUAL NAVAJO CODE AND RARE PICTURES

About the Author

Chester Nez was a World War II veteran who indispensably served his country as a Navajo code talker. He passed away in 2014. Judith Schiess Avila is a code talker scholar with the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities Chautauqua Program. She tours the state giving presentations on the topic.

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The Navajo author led a remarkable life. New Mexico was not kind to the Nez family, which struggled to earn a living from the land while doing without modern conveniences like electricity. Despite the hardships, Nez recounts the joy of a life lived in harmony with nature. After very difficult school years, Nez joined the U.S. military during World War II. He eventually became a Code Talker, one of the Navajo men tasked with creating a secret military language that the enemy couldn't decipher. The code Nez helped to develop proved instrumental in ensuring victory over the Japanese. David Colacci, past winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award, does admirable work voicing Nez and all the moments of surprise and wonder as he navigates American culture while guided by traditional Navajo sensibilities. VERDICT This compelling story will be of interest to World War II fans as well as enthusiasts of Native American history and culture. ["Accessible and compelling, this is recommended for general readers as well as World War II history buffs," read the review of the Berkeley Caliber: Penguin hc, LJ 10/1/12.-Ed.]-Denis Frias, Mississauga Lib. Syst., Ont. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

"Gripping in its narrative, Code Talker is history at its best."--Colonel Cole C. Kingseed, U.S. Army (Ret.), co-author of Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters "A fascinating inside look at one of WWII's most closely guarded secrets...This is an important book, a previously untold piece of our history."--Marcus Brotherton, author of Shifty's War "You don't need to be a fan of World War II literature to appreciate this memoir...a fascinating melange of combat in the Pacific theater, the history of the Navajo people and the development of a uniquely American code."--The Associated Press "A unique, inspiring story by a member of the Greatest Generation."--Kirkus Reviews "A remarkably affecting first-person account of the Navajo Marines who served their country with distinction through some of the worst battles of the Pacific theater."--The Washington Times -Gripping in its narrative, Code Talker is history at its best.---Colonel Cole C. Kingseed, U.S. Army (Ret.), co-author of Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters -A fascinating inside look at one of WWII's most closely guarded secrets...This is an important book, a previously untold piece of our history.---Marcus Brotherton, author of Shifty's War -You don't need to be a fan of World War II literature to appreciate this memoir...a fascinating melange of combat in the Pacific theater, the history of the Navajo people and the development of a uniquely American code.---The Associated Press -A unique, inspiring story by a member of the Greatest Generation.---Kirkus Reviews -A remarkably affecting first-person account of the Navajo Marines who served their country with distinction through some of the worst battles of the Pacific theater.---The Washington Times From the Trade Paperback edition. Gripping in its narrative, Code Talker is history at its best. Colonel Cole C. Kingseed, U.S. Army (Ret.), co-author of Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters A fascinating inside look at one of WWII s most closely guarded secrets This is an important book, a previously untold piece of our history. Marcus Brotherton, author of Shifty s War You don t need to be a fan of World War II literature to appreciate this memoir a fascinating melange of combat in the Pacific theater, the history of the Navajo people and the development of a uniquely American code. The Associated Press A unique, inspiring story by a member of the Greatest Generation. Kirkus Reviews A remarkably affecting first-person account of the Navajo Marines who served their country with distinction through some of the worst battles of the Pacific theater. The Washington Times From the Trade Paperback edition." Gripping in its narrative, "Code Talker" is history at its best. Colonel Cole C. Kingseed, U.S. Army (Ret.), co-author of "Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters" A fascinating inside look at one of WWII s most closely guarded secrets This is an important book, a previously untold piece of our history. Marcus Brotherton, author of "Shifty s War" You don t need to be a fan of World War II literature to appreciate this memoir a fascinating melange of combat in the Pacific theater, the history of the Navajo people and the development of a uniquely American code. The Associated Press A unique, inspiring story by a member of the Greatest Generation. "Kirkus Reviews " A remarkably affecting first-person account of the Navajo Marines who served their country with distinction through some of the worst battles of the Pacific theater. ""The Washington Times"" "From the Trade Paperback edition."" "From Guadalcanal through Bougainville to Peleliu, Nez relates a riveting tale of jungle combat and his personal struggle to adapt to civilian life following the most cataclysmic war in our nation s history. Gripping in its narrative, "Code Talker "is history at its best."-- Colonel Cole C. Kingseed, U.S. Army (Ret.), co-author of "Beyond Band of Brothers" "A fascinating inside look at one of WWII s most closely guarded secrets This is an important book, a previously untold piece of our history."-- Marcus Brotherton, author of "Shifty's War" "You don t need to be a fan of World War II literature to appreciate this memoir a fascinating melange of combat in the Pacific theater, the history of the Navajo people and the development of a uniquely American code."-- The Associated Press "A unique, inspiring story by a member of the Greatest Generation." -- Kirkus Reviews"

EAN: 9780425244234
ISBN: 0425244237
Publisher: Berkley Books
Dimensions: 22.86 x 15.24 x 3.05 centimetres (0.50 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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