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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

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

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Very interesting and informative book

This was a really neat book. I thought it dragged a bit at the beginning but the extensive setup helped frame the rest of the book. The bonus interview win Chester was over the phone, which was a disappointment because the audio quality was not great. But overall, good book.

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History well told

Insightful and thoughtful history. An important history about Navajo peoples history and WWII. Nez is Very much an excellent storyteller.

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Incredibly moving story.

While I have heard about the Code Talkers I have never really learned about them. My interest in WW2 has beeen in the Holocaust, listening to this story has inspired my desire to learn about the role the Navajo played.

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A thrilling part of American history

Chester Nez is now well known in our household as I shared his stories at our dinner table to stop small boys from squabbling. The Navajo code helped win WW2 and it is sad that nobody knew about it for far too long. By the time the story was de-classified, it was too late for many of the Code Talkers. This story of Chester Nez, in his own words, according to his own memory, is entertaining and engaging. He is gone now but I am so thankful that his story was recorded.

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A must for WWII buffs

This book is great, it tells the history of an amazing guy doing incredibly feats

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Great History Lesson!

I'm a history lover and I never knew this story. I thoroughly enjoyed every minuye of it!

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Amazing Story

Everyone should read/ listen to this important book. It tells the story of one of the Navajo Marines who helped develop a secret code from their first language during World War II. It also documents the misguided efforts of the US Government to weaken Native American culture. However, those efforts gave the future Code Talkers the skills they needed for war. Mr. Nez shares some Navajo customs and religious practices in his book as well as his upbringing. It's a fascinating book everyone should read.

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Makes me wish I could have met Chester in person

Wonderfully told story of real American hero. The details of his life before, during and after the War were portrayed in surprising detail. I've gained even more respect for the Navajo people from reading this.

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OORAH! Semper Fidelis! Hozho Nahasdlii.

As a Navajo Marine myself and related to 3 Code Talkers, George Kirk, Nelson Thompson and Harding Yazzie, this book was very interesting! I loved it!

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Exceedingly eye opening and powerful

An incredibly moving and powerful recounting of Chester Nez, one of the original Code Talkers off WWII who actually developed the code (not just spoke it in the battlefield, although he did that as well). It was incredibly eye opening, insightful, and powerful. Not just because it tells a first hand account of the second world war and the brutality of it, but also of the hidden moments of...beauty. Beauty, which comes to have a new meaning, when you also learn about the culture, society, and beliefs of the Navajo nation. His story speaks to racism, cultural exchange and appropriation, assimilation, oppression, cultural duality, duty and honor...all from a non-white perspective.

Even if you are a history buff, Mr. Nez will teach you more than you know.

Even if you are a learned sociologist or activist, Mr. Nez will teach you more than you know.

Get it. Listen to it. Listen to it twice. And have tissues ready.