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

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Judith Schiess Avila, Chester Nez

Narrated By: David Colacci

Publisher: Tantor Media

Date: December 2011

Duration: 9 hours 39 minutes

Summary:

In the 1920s, growing up on the Checkerboard Area of the Navajo Reservation wasn't easy. There was no electricity or indoor plumbing. The New Mexico summers were hot and the winters harsh. But the beautiful mesas provided bountiful land on which to raise sheep and goats, and the Navajo celebrated their spiritual connection to nature.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 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.Chester Nez is the only surviving member of the original twenty-nine code talkers-and this is his story.

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  • Diane B.

    This book reminded me of my childhood in New Mexico. It is always interesting and sometimes very disturbing to hear about Indian life, especially the Navajos. I cannot believe how these people were treated by our government. The killing of all those sheep without even taking the wool and using the meat for consumption when it could have been used by those who had nothing during the Depression is unforgivable. And the Indians never were paid. Had they been white, the whole stupid business would have never happened. That action destroyed people's lives. I was glad to see the incident written about. But instead of holding on to their anger, the Navajo men probably saved thousands white men's lives by helping develop the code and using it in extremely high risk battles in the war. These Code-talkers went into battle only wanting to help their country. And still the government does little or nothing to help them as a reward. The book is an excellent source to learn about our history and the Navajo Indians in particular. I loved it. Diane Barnum

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