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Navajo Code Talkers by Nathan Aaseng

Navajo Code Talkers (edition 1994)

by Nathan Aaseng, Roy O. Hawthorne (Foreword)

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Title:Navajo Code Talkers
Authors:Nathan Aaseng
Other authors:Roy O. Hawthorne (Foreword)
Info:Walker Books for Young Readers (1994), Paperback, 96 pages
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Tags:non-fiction, U.S. history, world history, war/war's effects, Native Americans/First Nations, YA, read but don't own/no longer own

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Communication was vital during World War II. The United States and the Navajo nation had a tense relationship. In 1940, the Navajo nation proclaimed that they would partake and aid the United States in World War II to defend and protect the Constitution. The US needed secure communications and the Navajo language was complex. This was essential to make sure no communications were intercepted by the opposing force. Through the course of time, a sense of trust was developed. The complexity of the code-talkers language shortened the Pacific war by a year. The Battle of Okinawa is seen as the finest work done by the Navajo code-talkers. After returning to the United States, the code-talkers were treated poorly. They were seen as heroes among the Navajo peoples. It took over 25 years before the efforts of the Navajo code-talkers was recognized.

This book is divided into chapters. In terms of a classroom lesson, a teacher can read many of these chapters out loud. This is an important book because it recognizes the achievements of a cultural group that is often forgotten about. The problem with this book is that it lacks many important pictures and the language is often complex. There could be more connections presented in the book and more information could be presented about the Pacific theater of World War II. This book must be supported with more recent supplemental texts. ( )
  rupsarkar | Jan 25, 2015 |
Ok book that related the WWII Navajo code talkers to the events of the time. I thought that it spent too much time on history and not enough on the men who made it. A whole chapter, for instance, was dedicated to the Japanese attempts to break US code. That seemed to be not the subject of this book. ( )
  buffalogr | Apr 23, 2012 |
There are still a few Code-Talkers alive today (2011) and they make their yearly appearances at the tribal celebrations which often include a street parade. This book chronicles the wartime need for cryptographers and the use of the the Navajo men for combat communications. This book is geared for young adults, but the writing is actually at a much higher level. The content would be challenging for any middle or high school student. The Code-Talkers were used, in this book, in the Pacific Theatre on the island battles with the Japanese. This book credits the Code-Talkers with saving countless American lives by frustrating the Japanese in their search for decipherable and actionable US messages. The Code-Talkers are revered among the Navajos themselves but this book highlights their contributions to all Americans. This small group of neglected service men find their place among the many brave people who contributed to the victory in the Pacific and the end of the Second World War. ( )
  sacredheart25 | Aug 31, 2011 |
An informative look into the history of the World War II Navajo Code Talkers. They were in charge of sending messages between American troops in their native language to avoid being decoded by the Japanese. They were a part of the United States Marine Corps. This book includes actual pictures, bibliography and index.
1 vote shannanjones79 | Jun 4, 2010 |
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On the Pacific front during World War II, strange messages were picked up by American and Japanese forces on land and at sea. The messages were totally unintelligible to everyone except a small select group within the Marine Corps: the Navajo code talkers-a group of Navajos communicating in a code based on the Navajo language. This code, the first unbreakable one in U.S. history, was a key reason that the Allies were able to win in the Pacific.

Navajo Code Talkers tells the story of the special group, who proved themselves to be among the bravest, most valuable, and most loyal of American soldiers during World War II.

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Describes how the American military in World War II used a group of Navajo Indians to create an indecipherable code based on their native language.

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