Chester Nez, the only surviving member of the original 29 Navajo code talkers, shares the fascinating inside story of his life and service during World War II.
©2011 Chester Nez and Judith Avila (P)2011 Tantor
"A unique, inspiring story by a member of the Greatest Generation." (Kirkus)
fascinating piece of history
As someone who also grew up on the checkerboard in New Mexico, I was disappointed the reader did not take the time to find out how to pronounce the local surnames and place names. It could have been better if a reader with a slight Navajo accent had been chosen to read it.
Culture and historical facts are well researched. The author shows Chester Nez's admirable character and illustrates the way Navajos changed the war and the war changed the Navajos.
if it wasn't for the Navaho Codetalkers, WWII would have ended very differently and life would be very different today and not in a positive way. These memoirs by an originall Codetalker in Nez's humble, descriptive words open a whole, new world from his insights. Definite a book to be listened to over and over.
hearing about the work of our heros. I had heard about the Navajo code talkers from someone who had been in the army during WWII. According to him they had been miracle workers. now to hear the story, i understand.
to hear how the Navajo have been treated, is terrible. to destroy animals in the way he describes is a crime. yes, i understand the land was over grazed, but there is a right and humane way of doing it.
As above, i have helped care for farm animals, and the treatment of the Navajo animals was a crime. also, the treatment of the Navajo people was wrong.
You will love knowing what really happened when a humble and obedient Native American dedicated himself to saving our country in a way only few accomplished. We owe the Code Talkers our respect and honor!
A piece of history that should go down in our chronicles for all future generations. well written and performed. it tells details that I have not read anywhere else. The insight into the integrity of the Navajo is especially important for all to understand.
I enjoyed. this book very much. Previous to listening to its presentation I had never heard of these men who did so much for our country. I am so thankful for them and glad I have now learned their story. The story and the performance were excellent.
Loved this memoir. Fascinating on many levels. Wonderful that mr. Nez was recognized for his unique contribution before his death.
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