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The bestselling Pat Conroy novel—now available as an ebook
Amid the social upheaval of the Vietnam War era, a young cadet at a southern military college must face down a racist secret society

As Will McLean begins his studies at the Carolina Military Institute, antimilitary sentiment is raging and the American South is in turmoil over desegregation. An outsider to the harsh authoritarianism of the military, McLean survives his freshman year despite the school’s notorious hazing, and avoids attention from its fabled and menacing secret society, the Ten. But when he becomes the mentor of the school’s first black student, Will is drawn into the intense racial politics—and the simmering threat of violence—that lie just beneath the surface at the Institute.
Featuring Conroy’s lush prose and richly drawn characters, The Lords of Discipline is a powerful story of a young man’s stand for justice and the friendship, love, and courage that he finds along the way. 

Topics: Family and American South

Published: Open Road Media an imprint of Open Road Integrated Media on
ISBN: 9781453203989
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When I attended the Citadel this book had been around for eight years. Many alum were sore about its publication and the portrayal of life at the institution. For my part I found the book - while fictitious - generally portrayed the attitudes and mores of the cadets accurately. Notice I did not say institution. The school tried for years, and by and large has succeeded, to eliminate much of what is portrayed herein. How much credit Conroy should get for that I cannot say. The book itself is a very good read. Conroy is an excellent writer. I read this book once before attending and once after attending and will read it again now that my twenty year reunion is approaching.more
This book began slowly as a character study. The narrator draws you into himself until you feel as though you become him, living his life with his disappointments, triumphs and pain. The prose is rich in drama and beauty. The characters are well-developed and it is difficult to put the book away when you put it down. The theme of how to maintain your humanity along with discipline and strength is a universal one. How does one do it? Some people go over the edge. This is a story about living on that edge. Gripping, dramatic and seemingly very unreal until you realize that it is not. It is very, very real in so many places for so many people. WARNING: there is language in this book that will be painful for people. There is use of the n-word -- seemingly to make a point about widespread racism in southern and military society -- but some readers might still find it objectionable even in that context.more
I'm not sure what I think about this novel. I can't decide if I liked it or not. The language didn't bother me like it did some people. What else would you expect from bunch of 18-21-year-old boys/men in a military setting? I wasn't surprised at the amount of violence, but I was surprised at the level of violence and the apparent enjoyment the tormentors took from it. So many of the characters were extremely selfish, especially Annie Kate and Tradd, and others seemed more like stereotypes or caricatures. Will McLean, the main character and narrator of the story, was a little too good to be real. I would have liked him better if he'd been more flawed or at least did not recognize all his flaws and feel guilty for them. Real people don't see themselves so completely. I liked the plots that centered around the school much better than the side plots outside the campus. The ending was not a surprise. I was ready for Conroy to get to it already by the time the truth was revealed.Dan John Miller did an awesome job with the narration. Overall Lords of Discipline held my attention, but it's not a book I would reread or add to my personal collection.more
While I skipped the middle part of the story of a young man four years at a private military academy in the South, the first and last part were vintage Conroy. Tense, dramatic as once again race comes into play as the first black cadet is admitted and is subjugated to a web of terror by his classmates all the while the protagonist is charged with making sure that nothing untoward happens to him due to the volatile time of ?Southern integration. A great book about discipline, honor, love and self respect.more
I have very mixed feelings about this book. The parts I liked the best - the experiences of the boys enrolled in the Citadel - I really, really enjoyed. Other parts of the book - not so much. Perhaps if my own background more closely resembled that of the main character I would have been able to drum up some interest for the more mundane portions of the book.more
If you can stomach the language and graphic descriptions, this books is simply amazing! Some of the best prose writing around; comparable to Fitzgerald, in my opinion.more
I was surprised by how much I liked this book. When I first looked it up and saw it was classified as "military fiction," I was instantly turned off. But I gave it a try, and I'm glad I did. Yes, it's set at a military school, but there's more to it than that. The characters were wonderfully developed, and the drama of life in South Carolina around the time of the Vietnam War was very intriguing. There is A LOT of foul language in this book, which makes me hesitate to give a blanket recommendation; it's not for the faint-of-heart. But the language feels realistic instead of gratuitous. I was happy to read (and enjoy) something outside of my usual.more
Stunning book; provides a gripping account that explains much of the excesses that have spoiled the reputation of the American military in the last decade. An evocation of the training at the time of the Vietnam war it also explains how people can be depersonalized in a way that works in a military setting. Conray deploys his usual humour to lighten an important and startling tale.more
Pat Conroy constructs a novel about personal honor, brotherhood, family, and the ability of institutions to crush the individual around the story of senior at a southern military academy.A coming of age story worth reading.more
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When I attended the Citadel this book had been around for eight years. Many alum were sore about its publication and the portrayal of life at the institution. For my part I found the book - while fictitious - generally portrayed the attitudes and mores of the cadets accurately. Notice I did not say institution. The school tried for years, and by and large has succeeded, to eliminate much of what is portrayed herein. How much credit Conroy should get for that I cannot say. The book itself is a very good read. Conroy is an excellent writer. I read this book once before attending and once after attending and will read it again now that my twenty year reunion is approaching.more
This book began slowly as a character study. The narrator draws you into himself until you feel as though you become him, living his life with his disappointments, triumphs and pain. The prose is rich in drama and beauty. The characters are well-developed and it is difficult to put the book away when you put it down. The theme of how to maintain your humanity along with discipline and strength is a universal one. How does one do it? Some people go over the edge. This is a story about living on that edge. Gripping, dramatic and seemingly very unreal until you realize that it is not. It is very, very real in so many places for so many people. WARNING: there is language in this book that will be painful for people. There is use of the n-word -- seemingly to make a point about widespread racism in southern and military society -- but some readers might still find it objectionable even in that context.more
I'm not sure what I think about this novel. I can't decide if I liked it or not. The language didn't bother me like it did some people. What else would you expect from bunch of 18-21-year-old boys/men in a military setting? I wasn't surprised at the amount of violence, but I was surprised at the level of violence and the apparent enjoyment the tormentors took from it. So many of the characters were extremely selfish, especially Annie Kate and Tradd, and others seemed more like stereotypes or caricatures. Will McLean, the main character and narrator of the story, was a little too good to be real. I would have liked him better if he'd been more flawed or at least did not recognize all his flaws and feel guilty for them. Real people don't see themselves so completely. I liked the plots that centered around the school much better than the side plots outside the campus. The ending was not a surprise. I was ready for Conroy to get to it already by the time the truth was revealed.Dan John Miller did an awesome job with the narration. Overall Lords of Discipline held my attention, but it's not a book I would reread or add to my personal collection.more
While I skipped the middle part of the story of a young man four years at a private military academy in the South, the first and last part were vintage Conroy. Tense, dramatic as once again race comes into play as the first black cadet is admitted and is subjugated to a web of terror by his classmates all the while the protagonist is charged with making sure that nothing untoward happens to him due to the volatile time of ?Southern integration. A great book about discipline, honor, love and self respect.more
I have very mixed feelings about this book. The parts I liked the best - the experiences of the boys enrolled in the Citadel - I really, really enjoyed. Other parts of the book - not so much. Perhaps if my own background more closely resembled that of the main character I would have been able to drum up some interest for the more mundane portions of the book.more
If you can stomach the language and graphic descriptions, this books is simply amazing! Some of the best prose writing around; comparable to Fitzgerald, in my opinion.more
I was surprised by how much I liked this book. When I first looked it up and saw it was classified as "military fiction," I was instantly turned off. But I gave it a try, and I'm glad I did. Yes, it's set at a military school, but there's more to it than that. The characters were wonderfully developed, and the drama of life in South Carolina around the time of the Vietnam War was very intriguing. There is A LOT of foul language in this book, which makes me hesitate to give a blanket recommendation; it's not for the faint-of-heart. But the language feels realistic instead of gratuitous. I was happy to read (and enjoy) something outside of my usual.more
Stunning book; provides a gripping account that explains much of the excesses that have spoiled the reputation of the American military in the last decade. An evocation of the training at the time of the Vietnam war it also explains how people can be depersonalized in a way that works in a military setting. Conray deploys his usual humour to lighten an important and startling tale.more
Pat Conroy constructs a novel about personal honor, brotherhood, family, and the ability of institutions to crush the individual around the story of senior at a southern military academy.A coming of age story worth reading.more
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