"Nez's fascinating memoir details...[keeping] U.S. transmissions safe from the Japanese during WWII...[R]eaders will be captivated by stories of Nez's childhood and his days as a Marine." Publisher's Weekly"You don't need to be a fan of World War II literature to appreciate this memoir by Chester Nez and his co-author Judith Schiess Avila, a code talker scholar."Associated Press (AP)"A unique, inspiring story by a member of the Greatest Generation."Kirkus Reviews (The World's Toughest Book Critics)
From the Author
I met my friend, Navajo code talker Chester Nez, more than four years ago. Writing Chester's memoir has changed both of our lives for the better. I have gained a second family, and Chester is pleased that people will know the story of himself and his fellow Navajos, the WWII code talkers. It is a story that remained a secret for too long. We hope that you will enjoy reading our book as much as we enjoyed writing it!!
The book's dedication says a lot about the focus of the book and Chester's desire to have all code talkers recognized:This book is dedicated to the 420 World War II Navajo Marine code talkers - men who developed and implemented an unbreakable communications system that helped ensure the American defeat of the Japanese in the Pacific War. When the war ended, other combatants were free to discuss their roles in the service and to receive recognition for their actions. But the Marines instructed us, the code talkers, to keep our accomplishments secret. We kept our own counsel, hiding our deeds from family, friends and acquaintances. Our code was finally declassified in 1968, twenty-three years after the war's end.This book may be my story, but it is written for all of these men. May they and their loved ones walk in beauty.