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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (405 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dana Canedy Narrator: Dana Canedy Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 2005, First Sergeant Charles Monroe King began to write what would become a two-hundred-page journal for his son in case he didn’t make it home from the war in Iraq. Charles King, forty-eight, was killed on October 14, 2006, when an improvised explosive device detonated under his Humvee on an isolated road near Baghdad. His son, Jordan, was seven months old.

A Journal for Jordan is a mother’s letter to her son—fierce in its honesty—about the father he lost before he could even speak. It is also a father’s advice and prayers for the son he will never know.

A father figure to the soldiers under his command, Charles moved naturally into writing to his son. In neat block letters, he counseled him on everything from how to withstand disappointment and deal with adversaries to how to behave on a date. And he also wrote, from his tent, of recovering a young soldier’s body, piece by piece, from a tank—and the importance of honoring that young man’s life. He finished the journal two months before his death while home on a two-week leave, so intoxicated with love for his infant son that he barely slept.

Finally, this is the story of Dana and Charles together—two seemingly mismatched souls who loved each other deeply. She was a Pulitzer Prize–winning editor for the New York Times who struggled with her weight. He was a decorated military officer with a sculpted body who got his news from television. She was impatient, brash, and cynical about love. He was excruciatingly shy and stubborn, and put his military service before anything else. In these pages, we relive with Dana the slow unfolding of their love, their decision to become a family, the chilling news that Charles has been deployed to Iraq, and the birth of their son.

In perhaps the most wrenching chapter of the book, Dana recounts her search for answers about Charles’s death. Unsatisfied with the army’s official version of what happened and determined to uncover the truth, she pored over summaries of battalion operations reports and drew on her well-honed reporting skills to interview the men who were with Charles on his last convoy, his commanding officers, and other key individuals. In the end, she arrived at an account of Charles’s death—and his last days in his battalion—that was more difficult to face than the story she had been told, but that affirmed the decency and courage of this warrior and father.

A Journal for Jordan is a tender introduction, a loving good-bye, a reporter’s inquiry into her soldier’s life, and a heartrending reminder of the human cost of war.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Stephanie | 2/12/2014

    " What a great lasting memory for a son to have of his father. Heartfelt and sweet throughout. I liked this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Elise | 2/11/2014

    " As soon as I read the description of the book I was drawn in. Canedy did a wonderful job of the telling enough of the story from everyone's point of view and put excerpts from the journal in at just the right time. I like that it was not just the journal, but rather her telling the story of their lives. The voice in her writing is perfect. I could feel the sorrow and the happiness she went through and was unable to put it down until I finished the last word. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Clare | 2/6/2014

    " Great book! I actually put it down for about 6 months because I didn't want to read the final chapters knowing how sad they would be, I'm so glad I finally did! Canedy did a great job honoring him but I was still able to read without stopping to wipe my eyes every paragraph (just about every third :)). A very good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ashley Rangel | 1/25/2014

    " What a beautiful family they made spending what little time they had together and what a tragedy that Charles is no longer alive. The ravages of war are heartbreaking. Such a touching memoir of a couple that firmly believed in honor, respect and love. I'm glad that I got to know a little bit about the people who were and are Charles, Dana and Jordan through the pages of this book. "

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