Code Talker - Chester Nez & Judith Schiess Avila

Code Talker

By Chester Nez & Judith Schiess Avila

  • Release Date: 2011-09-06
  • Genre: Military
Score: 4.5
From 110 Ratings


The first and only memoir by one of the original Navajo code talkers of WWII.

His name wasn’t Chester Nez. That was the English name he was assigned in kindergarten. And in boarding school at Fort Defiance, he was punished for speaking his native language, as the teachers sought to rid him of his culture and traditions. But discrimination didn’t stop Chester from answering the call to defend his country after Pearl Harbor, for the Navajo have always been warriors, and his upbringing on a New Mexico reservation gave him the strength—both physical and mental—to excel as a marine.

During World War II, the Japanese had managed to crack every code the United States used. But when the Marines turned to its Navajo recruits to develop and implement a secret military language, they created the only unbroken code in modern warfare—and helped assure victory for the United States over Japan in the South Pacific.



  • Code Talker

    By maryme_d
    An incredible book about a Dine warrior! It was very hard to put this book down. After reading this book, I had so many questions for my parents who also went to boarding school. I asked my parents what their Navajo names were and had more questions for my father about this education. Thank you for writing such a wonderful book! I plan to give it to my parents to read.
  • True American

    By Libbsey
    Indigenous it's so divine. True American & sure saved lots of lives by the power of Dine language.
  • Code talker

    By Sliser's
    I read this book on paper and I loved it
  • Code Talkers

    By bpfeifer2016
    This book is absolutely fantastic, I never wanted to put the book down, it's worth reading. Teaches you about war and what Navajos had to go through at that young of an age!
  • Excellent

    By Dssjmrs
    Worth the read