Windtalkers by John Woo
The Making of the John Woo Film about the Navajo Code Talkers of World War II (Newmarket Pictorial Movebooks)

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With more than 100 dramatic movie and historical photos, the official tie-in to the film starring Nicolas Cage, based on real events about the Navajo Marine code talkers, who developed the only American code the Japanese never cracked—from MGM in June 2002. In the first movie made on the subject, director John Woo (Mission: Impossible 2, Face/Off) reveals the invaluable actions of the Navajo code talkers during the war in the Pacific, heroes whose bravery earned them the Congressional Medal of Honor. The code talkers transmitted radio messages using a secret, efficient, unbreakable code based on their native language. The film's gripping climax takes place during the Battle of Saipan, when the Marines, fighting off the Japanese, must risk their lives to safeguard the code. This full-color companion book tells the fascinating story behind the movie—from facts about the code's creation to historical background of the Navajo nation; from a glimpse into the rigorous code talker training program to production details about transforming a Hawaiian landscape into a Saipan battlefront. The pages are filled with captivating color images from the film and historic photographs from the U.S. Marines and the National Archives, as well personal reflections by Woo and Senator Jeff Bingaman, screenwriters, producers, and actors—plus samples and translations of the Navajo code. Approx. 100 color photos.


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Antonia Felix is theauthor of 14 nonfictionbooks including biographiesof CondoleezzaRice, Laura Bush, AndreaBocelli, and Christie ToddWhitman. She has a master'sdegree in English literature from TexasA&M University and lives with her husband, Stanford Felix, near Kansas City.
Published April 25, 2002 by Newmarket Press. 128 pages
Genres: History, Humor & Entertainment, War, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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The Navajo code talkers were instrumental in helping the U.S. win in the Pacific during World War II. There were only a few men who could speak the code, and Marines were told to protect them above

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Included are a code talker dictionary, information about last year's Congressional Medal of Honor ceremony for the living code talkers and details about the Navajo nation and the code's origins.

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Enders rather than the Navajos recruited as Marines in World War II to use their language as a military code that was vital in the allied victory.

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Ben is Joe's charge -- babysitter is Joe's term -- and the script formulaically makes certain they don't get along for most of the pic.

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