Good morning, everyone! I hope that you are having a fantastic week so far, and that you are continuing to stay healthy.
The new school year has officially begun in my hometown, and I know that many other schools across the country have already been in session for about a week now. It seems like school starts earlier each year, doesn’t it? If you are a teacher, school staff member, student, or the parent of a student, I hope that this will be a wonderful school year for you!
This week for the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge, I decided to dive back into the world of non-fiction with Code Talker, by Chester Nez and Judith Schiess Avila.
In Code Talker, Chester Nez discusses his experiences as one of the original Navajo code talkers who served in the Marines during World War II.
Throughout his memoir, Nez shares stories about his time in combat in the Pacific, including his experiences on Guadalcanal, Bougainville, Peleliu, Guam, and Angaur. He also describes the process that he and the other members of the “original twenty-nine” went through to develop the Navajo code.
While much of the book is focused on Nez’s military service, he also discusses a number of events from his childhood (including his experiences growing up in New Mexico, in Chichiltah, as well as his time attending boarding school). He also talks about his life after WWII, including his transition back to civilian life, his choice to enlist in the reserves, his family, and the recognition of the code talkers (by the U.S. government) after their work was finally declassified.
In addition to Nez’s memoir, Code Talker includes a dictionary of the Navajo code, which was declassified in 1968. The book also includes a section of black-and-white photographs from various times in Nez’s life.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Code Talker! Chester Nez’s story was fascinating, and I had a really hard time putting the book down. I especially enjoyed learning about the way in which the code was developed, and the secrecy that was employed throughout the war (and beyond) by those who were involved with its development and use. I will definitely be reading Code Talker again in the future!
Whether you are interested in military history, memoirs, or non-fiction in general, I highly recommend taking the time to read Code Talker. It’s not only a great book, but also an important piece of history. Prior to his death in 2014, Chester Nez was the last surviving member of the “original twenty-nine” code talkers, making his memoir a unique personal account of their work.
If you have the opportunity to read Code Talker for yourself, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Next week’s POPSUGAR Reading Challenge update will be posted on Saturday, August 28th. In the meantime, I hope you will join me here on The Unapologetic Bookworm on Wednesday for my review of The Time of Contempt, by Andrzej Sapkowski.
Have a wonderful weekend!