Code Talker

Code Talker

Book - 2011/09/06
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Penguin Putnam
The first and only memoir by one of the original Navajo code talkers of WWII.

His name wasn’t Chester Nez. That was the English name he was assigned in kindergarten. And in boarding school at Fort Defiance, he was punished for speaking his native language, as the teachers sought to rid him of his culture and traditions. But discrimination didn’t stop Chester from answering the call to defend his country after Pearl Harbor, for the Navajo have always been warriors, and his upbringing on a New Mexico reservation gave him the strength—both physical and mental—to excel as a marine.

During World War II, the Japanese had managed to crack every code the United States used. But when the Marines turned to its Navajo recruits to develop and implement a secret military language, they created the only unbroken code in modern warfare—and helped assure victory for the United States over Japan in the South Pacific.

INCLUDES THE ACTUAL NAVAJO CODE AND RARE PICTURES

Baker & Taylor
A retired Marine and Navajo Indian describes his experiences as one of twenty-nine top-secret code talkers during World War II and how his life growing up on the Checkerboard Area of the Navajo Reservation prepared him for his service.

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This memoir explores the life and times of Chester Nez the last surviving Navajo code-talker of World War II. The personal narrative recounts the development of the unbreakable Navajo code and the daring and courage of the Indian men who helped win the war in the Pacific. The work includes a collection of gloss black and white plates and will be of interest to general readers as well as war historians interested in codes and cryptography. Co-author Avila is a code talker scholar with the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Baker
& Taylor

A retired Marine and Navajo Indian describes his experiences as one of 29 top-secret code talkers during World War II and how his life growing up on the Checkerboard Area of the Navajo Reservation prepared him for his service. 30,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Berkley Caliber, 2011/09/06
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780425244234
0425244237
Branch Call Number: 940.5459 NEZ
Characteristics: viii, 310 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Avila, Judith Schiess

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ChristchurchLib Nov 17, 2014

"During World War II, Japanese codebreakers successfully cracked many of the Americans' encrypted communications -- until the U.S. Navy developed a code based on the Navajo language. Marines who were native speakers of Navajo safely transmitted and received messages about operations in the Pacific theater until the end of the war. In Code Talker, one of these Marines, Chester Nez, relates his life story, providing details of his traditional Navajo childhood and his reasons for enlisting, the fierce engagements on Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima, and other locations, and his postwar life." Biography and Memoir November 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/255da6b8-0a25-4785-ba1b-8bb1ec7b4c5f?postId=0c4d0f4d-0194-48b3-9397-ff7ff50d9fcd

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ReadingWriter
Jun 18, 2014

Reading this book was made more poignant when the author, Chester Nez, passed away at the age of 93 recently. He was one of the original
"code talkers," who changed the course of WWII by using the Navajo language as the basis of an unbreakable code.. It was a difficult book for me to read due to the details about the war, injustice to the Navajo people and tragedy in his own life, Yet, his spirit shines through in the easy, conversational prose, and I felt as if I were listening to his stories in person. Reading the fascinating details about how the code was developed, and what the Marine code talkers accomplished in very difficult situations, was inspiring and a real way to honor what they did.

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friendofbob
Jul 02, 2012

A hard book to read, but when if you really want to understand you get a grasp of the writing. A great book for history learning.

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swimcake
Feb 23, 2012

good book

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