The Navajo Code Talkers: 50th Anniversary Edition
by Doris A. Paul
Amid the shelling and slaughter of World War II, patriots emerged to answer the American call to sacrifice for the preservation of freedom. Among the most vital, unique, and heroic of these people and perhaps the least heralded were the members of the Navajo Indian Tribe, first Americans, who rallied together in a valiant defense of their nation.
The critically acclaimed book The Navajo Code Talkers by Doris A. Paul, now re-issued in a special 50th Anniversary edition, remains the single most comprehensive historical account of the contribution of the Navajo Americans during World War II. First appearing in 1973, The Navajo Code Talkers was one of the first published efforts to tackle the fascinating subject of how Navajo Marines developed a code based on their own language. Their code was never broken by the Japanese.
From the codes inception by Los Angeles engineer Philip Johnston through its development and ultimate battlefield implementation, The Navajo Code Talkers presents the story of this crucial element of the war effort in a well-organized, thoroughly researched manner abounding with excitement, national pride, and poignant humor. This inspirational work is liberally illustrated with photographs of the men in action in the South Pacific and substantiated by excerpts from official documents, correspondence with officers who worked with the Navajos, and interviews with code talkers.
On July 26, 2001, the United States Congress awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to the twenty-nine code talkers who developed the heralded, unbreakable military code. President George W. Bush presented the medals to four of the five living code talkers and to family members of the original twenty-nine who had passed away.
Doris A. Paul’s story of heroism and staunch patriotism has forever immortalized the bravery and ingenuity of the Navajo, and its timeless themes of pride and sacrifice preserve its place as a classical contribution to Native American history. The Navajo Code Talkers is a book for all times and people.
"The Navajo Code Talkers" is the single most comprehensive account of the contribution of the Navajo Native Americans in World War II...Highly recommended!” -Bookwatch
"It is perhaps the best and most complete story of the code talkers yet published." -Benis S. Frank, U.S. Marine Corps chief historian
"...a book that should be in every patriotic home..." -Gallup New Mexico Independent
"...[an] interesting account of that group of Marines who contributed so much to the cause of peace and freedom." -President Richard M. Nixon
"Its light, warm, human interest reading is a welcomed relief..." -Marine Corps Gazette
"...an out of the ordinary war story..." -The Maui News
"...a delightful reading experience as well as a special contribution to the pages of history."-The Journal of Arizona History
"...delightful reading for the soldier and civilian alike... [it is] well-balanced in service humor, pride in country and devotion to duty..." -Lloyd R. Moses, Director of the Institute of Indian Studies
(2023, paperback, 184 Pages)
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