Code Talker

Code Talker

Book - 2011 | 1st ed.
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Chester Nez, the last surviving member of the original twenty-nine code talkers, discusses his life growing up in the Checkerboard Area of the Navajo reservation, and shares the story of how he helped the United States develop and implement a secret military language based on his native language during World War II that became the only unbroken code in modern warfare.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Caliber, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780425244234
Branch Call Number: 940.545973 NEZ
Characteristics: viii, 310 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Avila, Judith Schiess


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Jun 19, 2019


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

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.

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.

Feb 23, 2012

good book

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