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3.0 out of 5 stars This book is the real deal, and with humility, April 3, 2012
This review is from: Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir By One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WWII (Hardcover)
Navajo Chester Nez, who leaves his Indian Reservation to join the Marine Corps at the age of 17, tells a humble story of a group of fellow Navajos who participated in virtually every Marine assault in the Pacific, from Guadalcanal to Iwo Jima, because, as Navajo speaking code talkers, they were too valuable to relieve. So they went into hell on numerous occasions, without complaint, afraid, but not so afraid that they failed to do their duty. At the time they joined the Marines, Navajos still did not have the right to vote, nor did many on the reservation even have the luxury of electricity during the 1940s, and yet they loved their land and were proud of whence they came. It wasn't until 1968, when their code talking activities had been de-classified, that they were finally extended the recognition they deserved, including visits to the White House to receive awards from their Commander-in-Chief. Judith Schiess, who writes the book in collaboration with Chester Nez does a superb job in capturing the tropical battlefields of the Pacific as well as the subtle nuances of Navajo culture. Inspirational - truly.
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Initial post: May 7, 2013 12:22:16 PM PDT
why only 3 stars?

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2013 12:30:30 PM PDT
I rarely give five stars. But you've asked a good question. I think I initially gave this book a 4-star rating, but then I didn't like seeing the 3-star critical rating that someone wrote, saying the book was not as good as expected, so I confess I changed my rating to a 3-star simply to override that critical review and to assist the author(s) in promoting their book.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 26, 2014 10:58:43 AM PST
Seven says:
But... you contributed to bringing the average rating down. I confess I don't understand your logic.
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