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The Magical Stranger: A Son's Journey Into His Father's Life (Large Print)

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On November 28, 1979, squadron commander and Navy pilot Peter Rodrick died when his plane crashed in the Indian Ocean, leaving behind a family that included his thirteen-year-old son, Stephen. In The Magical Stranger, Stephen Rodrick explores the life and death of the man who indelibly shaped his life, even as he remained a mystery: brilliant but unknowable, sacred but absent, a born leader who gave his son little direction.

To better understand his father and his own experience growing up without him, Rodrick spent nearly two years with his father's former squadron. As he learns more about his father, he also un-covers the layers of these sailors' lives: their brides and girlfriends, friendships, dreams, disappointments—and the consequences of their choices on those they leave behind.

A penetrating, thoughtful blend of memoir and reportage, The Magical Stranger is a moving reflection on the meaning of service and the power of a father's legacy.

Synopsis:

The Magical Stranger is a moving story of love and sacrifice, fathers and sons, heroism and duty, soldiers and the families they leave behind.

On November 28, 1979, squadron commander and Navy pilot Peter Rodrick died when his plane crashed in the Indian Ocean, leaving behind a devastated wife, two daughters, and a 13-year-old son.

In this powerful, beautifully written book, journalist Stephen Rodrick explores the life and death of the man who indelibly shaped his life, even as he remained a mystery. Through adolescence and into adulthood, Stephen Rodrick struggled to fully grasp the reality of his fathers death and its permanence.

To better understand his father, Rodrick turned to members of his fathers former squadron, the "World-Famous Black Ravens." As he learns about his father, he uncovers the layers of these sailors lives: their loves, friendships, dreams, disappointments—and the consequences of their choices on those they leave behind. The journey doesnt end until November 28, 2013, when Rodricks first son is born 34 years to the day after his fathers mishap.

A penetrating, thoughtful blend of memoir and reportage, The Magical Stranger is a moving reflection on the meaning of military service and the power of a fathers legacy.

About the Author

Stephen Rodrick is a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine and also a contributing editor at Mens Journal. His writing has been anthologized in The Best American Sports Writing, The Best American Crime Reporting, and The Best American Political Writing. He lives in Los Angeles.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780062201478
Subtitle:
A Son's Journey Into His Father's Life
Author:
Rodrick, Stephen
Publisher:
HarperLuxe
Subject:
Self-Help : General
Subject:
Child Care and Parenting-General
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Large Print
Publication Date:
20130514
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.12 in 10.4 oz

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"Synopsis" by , The Magical Stranger is a moving story of love and sacrifice, fathers and sons, heroism and duty, soldiers and the families they leave behind.

On November 28, 1979, squadron commander and Navy pilot Peter Rodrick died when his plane crashed in the Indian Ocean, leaving behind a devastated wife, two daughters, and a 13-year-old son.

In this powerful, beautifully written book, journalist Stephen Rodrick explores the life and death of the man who indelibly shaped his life, even as he remained a mystery. Through adolescence and into adulthood, Stephen Rodrick struggled to fully grasp the reality of his fathers death and its permanence.

To better understand his father, Rodrick turned to members of his fathers former squadron, the "World-Famous Black Ravens." As he learns about his father, he uncovers the layers of these sailors lives: their loves, friendships, dreams, disappointments—and the consequences of their choices on those they leave behind. The journey doesnt end until November 28, 2013, when Rodricks first son is born 34 years to the day after his fathers mishap.

A penetrating, thoughtful blend of memoir and reportage, The Magical Stranger is a moving reflection on the meaning of military service and the power of a fathers legacy.

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