An extraordinary and historical association copy. First edition of “The Navajo Code Talkers” by Doris Paul, given and inscribed by the program’s creator Philip Johnston to the program’s commander Lieutenant General James Phillips Berkeley. Upon reading the book, LTG Berkeley took notes in the book and wrote his thoughts on the front page below Johnston’s inscription.
Inscribed by both Philip Johnston and Lt. General Berkeley.
Two noted pencil markings in the book, presumed to be by Berkeley noting corrections in the text.
Hardcover in unclipped Dust Jacket. In protective mylar to guard it from future damage, the top of the dust jacket spine and extending over the top of the back is torn and missing. Dust jacket is heavily worn. (Please see photos).
Internally, the pages are clean and bright (with the two pencil markings noted above).
Generic description of the book:
An intriguing account of a select platoon of Marines known as the Navajo Code Talkers, the subject of the upcoming John Woo / Nicholas Cage movie 'Windtalkers.'
During World War II, the Navajo Code Talkers devised and employed a secret code using their native tongue, a code which proved totally undecipherable to the enemy, enabling American forces to prevail in the South Pacific.
The Navajo Code Talkers is the single most comprehensive account of the contribution of the Navajo native Americans in World War II. It's authentic photos and illustrations have been featured on CBS Television's "An American Portrait" series, and the book itself has been profiled on the ABC Nightly News. It is also among the select 10 perecnt of all books written by white men or women on the native Americans to be chsoen by the Navajos for display in their tribal museum.