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Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir by One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WW II | [Chester Nez, Judith Schiess Avila]

Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir by One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WW II

Chester Nez, the only surviving member of the original twenty-nine Navajo code talkers, shares the fascinating inside story of his life and service during World War II.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2011 Chester Nez and Judith Avila (P)2011 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"A unique, inspiring story by a member of the Greatest Generation." (Kirkus)

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    Brad E. Bailey 02-12-15
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    "Code Talker Legacy"

    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.

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    AnotherOnlineBookworm 02-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent story, deserved a better treatment"
    What did you like best about Code Talker? What did you like least?

    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.


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    Fred 01-31-15
    Fred 01-31-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great picture of American military history!"

    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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    KATIE United States 01-17-15
    KATIE United States 01-17-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Honorable. Men"

    The story is fascinating and simply spoken. I knew of The Code Talkers but not of the dangers they faced. Of particular sociological interest and biases in this country, they came home from Dangerous and honorable service in the marines and did not have the right to vote.

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    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 12-16-14
    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 12-16-14
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    "Compulsively readable"
    What did you love best about Code Talker?

    I loved Chester's simple way of communicating his life experiences, interposed with Native spirituality, neither glossing over bad parts nor glorifying their horror. The complex relationship between a Navajo and the US Government is complex and sticky, and I never once considered it, even though we have similar concerns with First Nations people here in Canada.


    What does David Colacci bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His narration neither dramatizes nor monotone, he was a fantastic narrative choice for this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth your time, money and/or credit; I like this man's outlook, his faith, his courage.
    Read it!

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    Rebecca 10-23-14
    Rebecca 10-23-14
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    "Humble and Inspiring"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    An often overlooked part of American history


    What other book might you compare Code Talker to and why?

    Unbroken, because it covers the same time period. Both men were shaped by their work in the war, although in drastically different ways


    Have you listened to any of David Colacci’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    N/A


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    D. Sidwell 09-15-14
    D. Sidwell 09-15-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Engaging Personal History"

    This was an engaging book. We not only get a very interesting history of the Code Talkers of WW2, we also get lots of great insight to the lives of Navajos in that same period. Both are very interesting, and the main character is likeable and has such a great story. The reader was very good as well, and captured the friendly tone of the author quite well. I found the whole book very good.

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    barc2003 Glendale, AZ, United States 08-29-14
    barc2003 Glendale, AZ, United States 08-29-14 Member Since 2010
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    "A wonderful memoir rich in tradition and history."

    I very rarely read nonfiction but stories I had heard of the Code Talkers were so intriguing that I really wanted to read this book. The book was incredibly interesting as Mr. Nez shared not only his story of being a code talker but also of his upbringing, how his Navajo traditions and beliefs often conflicted with his military duties.

    This is a great story filled with pride, sadness and compassion. A wonderful memoir rich in tradition and history.

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    Ron Asheboro, NC, USA 08-05-14
    Ron Asheboro, NC, USA 08-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A very interesting history lesson"

    This is a cross between a history book and an autobiography. They did a great job of making it interesting. The pace was so slow I listened at 1.5 speed. Definitely recommended.

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    Sandra 07-31-14
    Sandra 07-31-14

    Retired high school English teacher. I liked and worked with the at-risk student. Interested in about everything, but I love a good story.

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    "Excellent History of a Remarkable Group of Men"

    Because of the secrecy surrounding the services of the Code-Talkers after WWII, these faithful soldiers didn't get the recognition they deserved. It's more than past time for this book and it's a pity that it shows up after the death of Chester Nez.

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