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Unsung Heroes of World War II: The Story of the Navajo Code Talkers
     

Unsung Heroes of World War II: The Story of the Navajo Code Talkers

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by Deanne Durrett
 

On February 23, 1945, U.S. Marines claimed victory in the battle of Iwo Jima, one of the most important battles in the Pacific islands during World War II. Instrumental to this defeat of Japanese forces was a group of specialized Marines involved in a secret program. Throughout the war, Japanese intelligence agencies were able to intercept and break nearly every

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On February 23, 1945, U.S. Marines claimed victory in the battle of Iwo Jima, one of the most important battles in the Pacific islands during World War II. Instrumental to this defeat of Japanese forces was a group of specialized Marines involved in a secret program. Throughout the war, Japanese intelligence agencies were able to intercept and break nearly every battlefield code the United States created. The Navajo Code Talkers, however, devised a complex code based on their native language and perfected it so that messages could be coded, transmitted, and decoded in minutes. The Navajo Code was the only battlefield code that Japan never deciphered. Unsung Heroes of World War II details the history of the men who created this secret code and used it on the battlefield to help the United States win World War II in the Pacific.

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“[A] strong, well-written resource about the Navajo’s role in the Allied victory . . . Astounding facts, as well as stirring personal accounts of battle, make for fascinating, educational reading.”—Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803224568
Publisher:
UNP - Bison Books
Publication date:
07/01/2009
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
187,361
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author


Deanne Durrett has published numerous nonfiction books and biographies for children and young adults, plus two “as told to” memoirs for adult readers.
 
For more information about Ms. Durrett’s books please visit her Web Site at http://www.deannedurrett.com.

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Unsung Heroes of World War II: The Story of the Navajo Code Talkers 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this for my son's summer reading project. (He had to read a non-fiction book then write a newspaper article and create a comic strip based on the story.) The book covers the Navajo Code Talkers and their role in the Pacific during the war quite thoroughly. It is a bit slow and redundant in some places, but generally interesting and informative. As the title suggests, it somewhat glorifies the Navajo, but they certainly deserve recognition for their unique role in the war. We also purchased a second book, "Warriors: Navajo Code Talkers," which has less written information but contains many compelling photographs. The perfect book on this topic might contain a blend of both.