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)
Loved this memoir. Fascinating on many levels. Wonderful that mr. Nez was recognized for his unique contribution before his death.
They wisely advise the reader at the jump that they do not guarantee absolute accuracy and parallel reporting with historical text. Whenever Chester's memory differs from historical record they make a non-inside note.
Book is about half personal memoir and half war memoir. The opening chapters deal with his childhood and some of his peoples history which may be told in better detail in other books but it helps the impact of the wartime narration. Later chapters nice through emotional sounding events a bit too hastily for them to have much effect but his personality is still present.
Recommended. For those curious the narrator sounds just fine at 1.5x speed.
This is an excellent memoir of Chester Nez. Not an historic overview of the Code Talkers, though there's some of that, but the life and memories of one of the original 29. The pre- and post war material is helpful.
This Audible production included a phrase to the effect of "this ends disc... the audiobook continues on the next disc," which I found amusing.
also the full description of how the code was developed was amazing! they used multiple words for the same alphabet letter, so that repeated letters in a word like "need" wouldn't give ant hints on what words were which letter.
What a fantastic book! This was a significant part of WWII that many do not know and these men played an important role in our victory.
Tip: The narrator spoke slower than I liked so I listened to it at 2x the speed.
It is a fascinating story about a man who experienced a unique and pivotal part of our history. However, the dialogue as written by the Ms. Avila reflects the her voice rather than that of Chester Nez and serves to make this book feel quite fictionalized.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I particularly enjoyed the telling of his youthful years in school where he was not allowed to speak Navajo. I also thought it was interesting how they came up with the code. I enjoyed the reading of this book and will recommend it.
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