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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 15 years
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens; Reissue edition (January 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802776272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802776273
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 5-9-- A fascinating account that sheds light on a little-known contribution of the Navajos during World War II. A civil engineer who spent his childhood among them suggested that their language be used as a perfect unbreakable code. The result was one of the most secret and important aspects of U. S. intelligence work against the Japanese--Navajo code talking. Aaseng details the process by which native-speaking volunteers developed, learned, and used the complicated coding process to send and receive vital information even when the Japanese were intercepting the messages. He gives many examples of the dangers and prejudice the Native Americans faced in the armed services, as well as the special hardships they endured because of their cultural differences. The short, readable chapters are illustrated with photographs from the National Archives and the Library of Congress. This is a book that will appeal to a wide range of students--those interested in army intelligence and cryptography, and in World War II or Native American history. It should prove helpful for reports, but is interesting enough to recommend for recreational reading. --Yvonne A. Frey, Peoria Public Schools, IL
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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“Few books so concisely summarize the Japanese advance and the American response to it, while none provides the same depth of insight into the conditions faced by these Navajo. . . . An important story, compellingly told.”—Kirkus (pointer review)

“A fascinating account that sheds light on a little-known contribution of the Navajos during World War II.” —School Library Journal

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Customer Reviews

This book should be required reading for all American History students.
Laura M. Eppig
A good reminder to be accepting of all people and recognize diversity as extremely valuable to any society.
DrNC
I read this for a book report, and I found this book fascinating, interesting, and exciting.
Derek

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Derek on February 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
First of all, I am an 8th grade student at Houghton Middle School. I read this for a book report, and I found this book fascinating, interesting, and exciting. It talks about from their roots and their culture, all the way to their finest hour at Iwo Jima and Mount Suribachi. I reccomend this book to anyone who is interested in World War 2 and the Navajo Code Talkers.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Christine on June 9, 2000
Format: Library Binding
A fascinating true story about the Navajo people, World War II, and creating and breaking codes. This book is of the sort that really makes history come alive for readers. I thoroughly enjoyed it. My husband will shortly be purchasing several copies for use in his Jeopardy Reading Tournament that he holds each year for 4th and 5th graders in the school district he is a media specialist in.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eric Wimmer on November 21, 2001
Format: Paperback
After traveling to Northern Arizona last summer, I wanted to learn more about the Navajo. I found this book which tied in with my interest of WWII. It was a fast read and very informative.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bob Bewick on October 12, 2012
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The code talkers are an important part of WWII history. The book tells more of their story and is better than the movie from Hollywood. This author has done his research and presents the human story of the Native Americans who helped the country that had a long history of broken promises to their people.

Navajo Code Talkers is an excellent narrative of first person experiences and should be included in school history reading lists. It is that good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeena Jarvis on January 28, 2010
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I bought this for my 10 year old nephew who was doing a presentation on the Navajo Code Talkers. It turns out he is related to one of them, which made it even more cool. He used this book in his presentation and I am so happy I bought it for him!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sistertex on August 29, 2008
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This book was well written and easy to read, though I felt it left out some information. I got it to help me with research for a report and it did help me out some, but all in all was not as complete as I would have liked it to be. Still, the service provided by these Native Americans were valuable and basically under praised. I was amazed to find out some of the things that went on, how Code talking was developed and things of that nature. It was very informative and well written but not the total story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura M. Eppig on October 21, 2012
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This book should be required reading for all American History students. It is the previously carefully guarded secret story of how a small group of Native Americans made a huge difference in the fate of the Allies in World War II. Engaging and riveting are two of the words that can be used to describe the telling of this historical episode in cryptography. The world will finally know how the Navajo Code Talkers literally saved countless lives, and probably ensured the outcome of The War.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cissiejj on October 16, 2012
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I have heard about the Code Talkers for many years. This is the best description of their heroic acts that I have read.
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