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Navajo Code Talkers
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on June 6, 2017
The Navajo code talkers have not received proper recognition for their contribution to America's success in WW II. Most Americans know nothing but them. I served in the Marine Corps and do have knowledge of them. God bless the Navajo Code Talkers and the United States of America.
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on January 21, 2013
I've been interested in the history of code talkers since I first heard about them and this was a great read for adults or kids. While you could tell there was some subjectivity to the way it was presented the bias wasn't so strong that you felt your emotions were being directed. It was just an awesome read. Not only did you learn about the code talkers themselves, but there was a lot of information on decoding and the war itself. And given that the Navajos who served in the war were heroes...that the book was clearly sympathetic toward their side felt justified.

I highlighted a bunch of interesting stuff in the book--and actually stopped reading to go tell people in my family about what I was reading...this excerpt from the book on the code they created was really interesting:

This alphabet was especially useful in communicating locations. For example, if a code talker was transmitting orders to attack the island of Saipan, he could say "Al-tah-je-jay dsibeh wol-la-chee tkin bi-sodih wol-la-chee nesh-chee." The code talker receiving the message would translate this message as "Attack sheep ant ice pig ant nut." He would recognize the alphabet words and would spell out "Saipan," using the first letters of each of the English words.

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Great subject and a well-written book. You can't go wrong with this one.
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on November 21, 2016
I did not like the way military commanders were indifferent to the CodeTalkers and the fact that high ranking officials did not let field commanders know the truth about who the Code Talkers were and why they were assigned to the various units.
I enjoyed the book and learned a lot about the Navajos. I met a Navajo while in service, but did not know about the Code Talkers although I was in the Signal Corp.
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on February 18, 2013
Navajo Code Talkers is a well-written history of the secret encryption program using Navajo speakers during World War Two. Aaseng provides a concise examination of the beginnings of the program, its difficulties and successes. It's a great story! Despite a tragic history at the hands of the US government, the Navajo people throw themselves into the war in support of the country that almost destroyed them. It's a compelling read.
The only criticism that I have is the brevity with which Aaseng tells this story. There is so much here that is not said, so many details that are missing. Events are brushed over quickly, individuals are discussed without enough substance and problems faced the the program that should take pages to discuss and explore, instead take paragraphs. Despite it being a well-written study of a noble subject Navajo Code talkers left me wanting more.
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on October 12, 2012
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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on October 21, 2012
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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on January 22, 2017
I like that the Navajos got something they deserve. But they were no doubt heros. They also helped save America :)
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on September 21, 2012
I enjoyed this book very much. It was easy to get into and it was easy to read. Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down until I finished it. I saw the movie "Windtalkers" several years ago, but it did not go into as much detail as this book. Thank you to the author for letting us know about something so important that helped win the war and that was kept quiet for too, too long.
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on July 31, 2014
Incredible true story that everyone should know. The vital contributions of the Navajo code talkers were kept silent for so many years, and they need to be remembered and revered. Excellent story covering the individual men and the contributions they made to our country during World War II.
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on October 25, 2016
I got this book for my husband. He enjoyed it very much. I have just started reading and I like it so far.
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