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Publisher Description

A cadet encounters hazing and racism at an elite military academy in this novel from the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Prince of Tides.

As Will McLean begins his studies at the Carolina Military Institute, the American South is in turmoil over desegregation. An outsider to the harsh authoritarianism of the military, Will survives the school’s notorious freshman hazing, and avoids attention from its fabled and menacing secret society, the Ten.
But when he is asked to mentor the school’s first black student, Will is drawn into the intense racial politics—and the threat of violence—simmering beneath the surface.
Based on Conroy’s own military school experience and featuring his 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 he finds along the way.

Fiction & Literature
August 17
Open Road Media
OpenRoad Integrated Media, LLC

Customer Reviews



The Lords of Discipline is a great book I stumbled upon years ago with its memories intact in my head. It lured me further into the world of the author and his magnificent characters, thus making me a proud collector of all his works.

The Lords of Discipline (An expository version of of the Boo) is a marvelous read in a class of its own. Now that it's digital, I'm proud to add it to my iBook library even as I expect to see the rest of the pack (Beach Music, The Great Santini, The Water is Wide and The Prince of Tides) soonest.

This is a dream come true for me and my wife. So coooooool!

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Historical memoir

Another stunning story by a master storyteller, Pat Conroy. I’ve read everything I can find by Pat Conroy with great pleasure at his masterful use of words and storytelling expertise, he really puts you there with him! I’ve read this book twice and enjoyed it both times immensely. Highly recommend you try him out!

paruig ,

Lords of Discipline

Extraordinary! As a Citadel graduate myself I know that the secret society “Ten” never existed nor the cruelty leveled against the plebes as extreme. Conroy’s descriptions of Charleston throughout the novel, however, were accurate and extraordinarily beautiful. While The Citadel’s honor code is strictly adhered to, The Honor Court would never have deemed Pignetti’s infraction an honor violation.

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