books about the Citadel

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  1. Texmom

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    I'm trying to locate a book written by a Citadel graduate about the Citadel. I'm sure several have been written. Does anyone know the name of an author or the title of such book?
     
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    I have no idea how to find a your book sorry. but on a side note i think everyone interested in a senior military college should read "The Lords of Discipline" by Pat Conroy.
     
  3. bjkuds

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    Pat Conroy was a Citadel Grad...He wrote many books..The Lords of Discipline for one but I'm not sure if that is what you are looking for. He wrote many novels. Too Bad they don't publish SMC's for idiots books. :shake:
     
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    The Lords of Discipline was written about an SMC in a different era. Prospective students should take it with a grain of salt, although it is an excellent read. While I can't speak for The Citadel, I am amazed how much different things are now at Norwich than when I attended. Older grads like to say that it's easier, but the fact is that the "kids" look just as sharp on Alumni Weekend than they ever did. It is not easier, just different.
     
  5. SF49ers

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    In the Company of Men: A Woman at The Citadel by Nance Mace was good. She was the first female grad (Class of 1999) and gives what I consider to be a fair account of what she went through. Though some things have changed since it was written, her book gives a more recent picture of The Citadel than the Lords of Discipline. Some animosity remains against female cadets, but it has certainly lessened since the mid 90's. The other thing to keep in mind is that she was in Band Company. Each company is different, but Band Company and Palmetto Battery are more unique due to their additional duties.
     
  6. bjkuds

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    I imagine if TexMom called The Citadel Library they would be able to help. I just posted the author's name so she might be able to find something Non fictional that he may have published about the school via google or amazon. I'm not really familiar with any other books he wrote, was just taking a shot.
     
  7. RahVaMil2009

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    I wouldn't necessarily recommend The Lords of Discipline to anyone who's considering attending an SMC. However, I think it should be required reading for spring semester of Third Class (sophomore) year. If I ever teach a leadership course at an SMC, this will definitely be part of the curriculum.

    There's a little bit of Will McLean in every First Class Private.


    Sic Semper Tyrannis,

    Jackie M. Briski
    VMI Class of 2009
    First Class PVT (Ret.)
     
  8. 49er

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    Pat Conroy's first book about The Citadel was "The Boo" about his experiences with Lt. Colonel Nugent Courvoisie, the assistant commandant of cadets at The Citadel. This book is from the late 1960s if I remember correctly. Conroy also wrote "My Loosing Season" about his experiences as a basketball player at The Citadel. Again, if I remember correctly this book was first published around 2002. "My Losing Season" is a really good book in my opinion. While much of the books focuses on his senior year Conroy follows up on the experiences of some of his fellow team mates after graduation. I think Conroy poured his heart out about his feelings for his teammates and the school in general in this book. Again, I highly recommend it.
     
  9. CitadelDad

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    Hi,

    Consider Sword Drill by Davids Epps. It's a novel based on his experiences at The Citadel.
     

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