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4.001 out of 54.001 out of 54.001 out of 54.001 out of 54.001 out of 5 4.00 (340 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chester Nez Narrator: David Colacci Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “You don’t need to be a fan of World War II literature to appreciate this memoir by Chester Nez and his coauthor Judith Schiess Avila, a code talker scholar.”

    Associated Press

  • “Nez’s fascinating memoir details…[keeping] US transmissions safe from the Japanese during WWII…Readers will be captivated by stories of Nez’s childhood and his days as a Marine.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A unique, inspiring story by a member of the Greatest Generation.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “From Guadalcanal through Bougainville to Peleliu, Nez relates a riveting tale of jungle combat and his personal struggle to adapt to civilian life following the most cataclysmic war in our nation’s history. Gripping in its narrative, Code Talker is history at its best.”

    Colonel Cole C. Kingseed, US Army, retired, coauthor of Beyond Band of Brothers

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Patty | 2/15/2014

    " This was a fascinating look into the history and details of the Navajo code talkers during WWII. I liked the fact that it was written by one of the original code talkers and that his voice came through during the whole story. It was also nice to learn more about the life of Navajos on the reservation,their experience with boarding schools and forced english training,and about their language in general. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lncropper | 2/2/2014

    " I really loved this book! It is a memoir by one of the original Navajo code talkers. Even though it is hard to read about his war experiences, it is also inspiring. I absolutely recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Melanie | 1/17/2014

    " I had never heard of the Navajo Code Talkers during WWII until I visited Window Rock this past October. Nez's account is eye opening and explains many unanswered questions I had after my visit. I highly recommend- "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Vampire17 | 1/17/2014

    " I thought some parts of this book were boring, but some weren't. I guess you'll just have to read it to find out more! ; ) "

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