Code Talker by Chester Nez audiobook

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

By Chester Nez , with Judith Schiess Avila
Read by David Colacci

Tantor Audio 9780425247853
9.62 Hours Unabridged
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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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Summary

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

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

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Author

Author Bio: Chester Nez

Author Bio: Chester Nez

Chester Nez is a World War II veteran who indispensably served his country as a Navajo code talker.

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Author Bio: Judith Schiess Avila

Author Bio: Judith Schiess Avila

Judith Schiess Avila is a code-talker scholar with the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities Chautauqua Program. She tours the state giving presentations on the topic. She and Chester Nez have been friends since 2007.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 9.62
Audience: Adult
Language: English