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)
I knew virtually nothing about the Navajo people and only passing knowledge of the Code Talkers before listening to this book. What a fascinating and inspiring story, going from Chester's early life on the Checkerboard in NM, to boarding schools where he learned English but was also subjected to mistreatment in many ways, to joining the Marines, developing and implementing the code and deploying in some of the worst battles in the South Pacific. It ends with his history following WW2, with moments of both joy and tragedy. It is an excellent book - Mr. Nez, his co-author, and the reader could not have done a better job. Well done!
Interview at the end sucked. great story. The Codetalkers were great heroes. Excellent book, a must read.
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!
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