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By Dana Canedy

ISBN-10: 0307395790

ISBN-13: 9780307395795

ISBN-10: 0307396002

ISBN-13: 9780307396006

ISBN-10: 073935860X

ISBN-13: 9780739358603

In 2005, First Sergeant Charles Monroe King started to write what could develop into a two-hundred-page magazine for his son in case he didn't make it domestic from the conflict in Iraq. Charles King, forty-eight, used to be killed on October 14, 2006, whilst an improvised explosive equipment detonated below his Humvee on an remoted street close to Baghdad. His son, Jordan, was once seven months old.

A magazine for Jordan is a mother’s letter to her son–fierce in its honesty–about the daddy he misplaced ahead of he may perhaps even communicate. it's also a father’s recommendation and prayers for the son he'll by no means know.

A father determine to the warriors less than his command, Charles moved obviously into writing to his son. In neat block letters, he suggested him on every thing from tips to face up to sadness and care for adversaries to tips on how to behave on a date. And he additionally wrote, from his tent, of improving a tender soldier’s physique, piece by way of piece, from a tank–and the significance of honoring that younger man’s lifestyles. He comprehensive the magazine months prior to his loss of life whereas domestic on a two-week go away, so intoxicated with love for his toddler son that he slightly slept.

Finally, this is often the tale of Dana and Charles together–two likely mismatched souls who enjoyed one another deeply. She used to be a Pulitzer Prize—winning editor for the New York Times who struggled along with her weight. He was once a adorned army officer with a sculpted physique who bought his information from tv. She was once impatient, brash, and cynical approximately love. He was once excruciatingly shy and obdurate, and positioned his army carrier earlier than the rest. In those pages, we relive with Dana the sluggish unfolding in their love, their choice to turn into a family members, the chilling information that Charles has been deployed to Iraq, and the delivery in their son.

In possibly the main wrenching bankruptcy within the publication, Dana recounts her look for solutions approximately Charles’s demise. unhappy with the army’s reputable model of what occurred and made up our minds to discover the reality, she pored over summaries of battalion operations stories and drew on her well-honed reporting talents to interview the boys who have been with Charles on his final convoy, his commanding officials, and different key contributors. in spite of everything, she arrived at an account of Charles’s death–and his final days in his battalion–that used to be more challenging to stand than the tale she have been advised, yet that affirmed the decency and braveness of this warrior and father.

A magazine for Jordan is a young advent, a loving goodbye, a reporter’s inquiry into her soldier’s lifestyles, and a heartrending reminder of the human expense of war.

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