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I very much enjoyed "Code Talkers", especially as a mild interlude to "The Wheel of Time" which I've been non stop listening to thru 5 big long audiobooks...I really needed a break and this was perfect.
Most are at least familiar with the story of the Navaho Code Talkers of WWII however this book goes deeper into the story of the young Navaho's, many of whom came directly off the reservation as farmers and sheepherders, listened to a Marine tell them about the secret critical mission Navaho and English speakers were needed for and were at the recruiting station the next day. Most didn't have time to talk to their families as most families didn't have phones.
As backstory, Mr Nez goes lightly into his personal history as a boarding house student who was punished for speaking his native language, the way his family lived when he was a child in the 1920's and 1930's and the treatment of native Americans during that time-this is lightly touched on and not a big part of the story but it's important for the listener to have an understanding of the situation.
I highly recommend this audio book for all ages, especially for teens who need to hear about young heroes who, when the country declared itself at war with Japan, wrote that they were warriors and wanted to defend their country as its first citizens-even though the government had mistreated them for over a hundred years.
Having always been and admirer of the Native Americans, I would have never guess the relation of the man and the other code talkers were so profound in the out come of the Pacific Island campaigns. Having been to Iwo Jima in 1995 and seen the beach were so many died, this book made a large impact on me. I hope to contact Mr. Nez and give him a small bit of sand from Iwo Jima.
I am a child of the 50's, love kids, animals, plants. I adopted a Sulphur mustang mare (desendant of the warhorses of the Conquistadors).
I would recommend this audiobook to a friend. This is history in first person, and it is important for people to understand the contributions of the Navajo people to this country. It's also an opportunity to glimspe an old and honored culture. I admire Chester as an individual, and the culture that could produce men of such integrity.
I liked the opportunity to understand more about the Navajo point of view. I also love the prayer Chester's father taught him. We all need to achieve balance, and to walk in beauty.
Chester, of course.
No, because I didn't want it to end. I did listen to it twice.
I have not listened to David Colacci before this. He suited the role, and I would be interested in hearing additional work by him.
Thank you, Chester, as this book allows every American to better understand thoughtful behaviour behind serious undertakings. Thank you Judith, as the writing conveys a character consistent with the time and place.
This book explained how the USA was able to use a homegrown and little respected national Resource to maintain our national Freedom.