I typically don’t read history books. That said, “The Navajo Code Talkers” by Doris A. Paul was an interesting read. I was not very familiar with the role that the Navajo people played in helping the U.S. during World War II. This book illustrates the integrity of the Navajo Code Talkers and their determination to serve the U.S. during WWII. The book gives an overview of how the secret program came to fruition, how the code worked, and the role the Navajo played during the war. Finally, the book concludes with the Code Talkers’ experiences on returning from war, and how they were honored in later years.
For me, the best part of the book were the accounts of the individual experiences of some of the Code Talkers. Those individual accounts added interest to the reading, and helped show the inspiring character of the Navajo people.
I think every U.S. citizen should read this book. It shows the strength of a people who sacrificed much (including their lives) for the country that in many ways had previously wronged them. The reader comes to the conclusion that the Navajo are to be admired for their bravery, intelligence, and skill in helping the United States during WWII.
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