By Stephen Rodrick
The Magical Stranger is a relocating tale of affection and sacrifice, fathers and sons, heroism and accountability, infantrymen and the households they go away behind.
On November 28, 1979, squadron commander and military pilot Peter Rodrick died whilst his aircraft crashed within the Indian Ocean, abandoning a devastated spouse, daughters, and a 13-year-old son.
In this strong, fantastically written publication, journalist Stephen Rodrick explores the lifestyles and demise of the fellow who indelibly formed his existence, whilst he remained a secret. via early life and into maturity, Stephen Rodrick struggled to completely grab the truth of his father’s demise and its permanence.
To larger comprehend his father, Rodrick grew to become to individuals of his father’s former squadron, the "World-Famous Black Ravens." As he learns approximately his father, he uncovers the layers of those sailors’ lives: their loves, friendships, goals, disappointments—and the results in their offerings on these they go away in the back of. the adventure doesn’t finish till November 28, 2013, while Rodrick’s first son is born 34 years to the day after his father’s mishap.
A penetrating, considerate mix of memoir and reportage, The Magical Stranger is a relocating mirrored image at the that means of army provider and the facility of a father’s legacy.