Review of the Memoir “Code Talker” Written by the Original Navajo Code Talker of WWII

Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir of One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WWII is not just a book; it’s a journey. It takes you back in time to a different era, a period where racism and discrimination were rampant, but so was the spirit of patriotism and courage. Chester Nez, one of the original Navajo code talkers of World War II, shares his story in this book, and it’s a story that not only inspires but also educates.

The book takes us through Nez’s childhood, where we see the struggles he faced in a system that was determined to erase his culture and identity. However, Nez was determined to hold on to his Navajo heritage, and this determination would help him become a valuable asset to the US military. The book then delves into Nez’s time in the Marines and his experience as a code talker.

During World War II, the Japanese had cracked every code used by the United States. It was a dire situation, and the US was desperate for a solution. This is where Nez and his fellow Navajo code talkers come in. Their language was one of the most complex in the world, and it could never be deciphered. It was used to transmit messages during the war, and it played a pivotal role in securing victory for the Allies.

Nez’s account of his time as a code talker is fascinating. We get to see the training and the effort that went into creating this secret code. We also get to see the danger they faced on the battlefield and how the code was used to save countless lives. Nez’s storytelling is candid and humorous, and it adds a human element to the book. He makes it easy to understand and relatable even to those who are not familiar with the military or history.

One of the highlights of this book is that it includes the actual Navajo code used during World War II. It’s a fascinating read, and it gives readers an insight into just how complex and intricate the language was. It’s also a testament to the skill and bravery of Nez and his fellow Navajo code talkers.

The book is well-written and well-researched. The author, Judith Schiess Avila, co-wrote the book with Nez, and she did an excellent job of capturing his voice and bringing his story to life. The book also includes rare pictures that add to the overall experience.

In conclusion, Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir of One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WWII is a must-read for anyone interested in history, the military, or just a good story. It’s a book that will make you laugh, cry, and feel inspired. Chester Nez’s legacy is one that should be celebrated, and this book is a fitting tribute to his life and achievements.
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