The Diary of a West Point Cadet

Discussion in 'Military Academy - USMA' started by Candidate2015, Jan 20, 2011.

  1. Candidate2015

    Candidate2015 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2009
    Messages:
    30
    Likes Received:
    0
    http://www.amazon.com/Diary-West-Point-Cadet-ebook/dp/B004EEOSQA/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

    Has anyone read this book? I was watching Colbert Report when this came up on his show. It sounds like it would be an interesting read and give a modern insight into daily life at the academy. Many of the books about West Point that I have read were written decades ago where many of the things stated may not necessarily be as pertinent to candidates now. Thoughts?
     
  2. scoutpilot

    scoutpilot Member

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2010
    Messages:
    4,272
    Likes Received:
    606
    No, but Preston Pysh was my roommate's team leader and a hilarious guy. Probably worth a read.
     
  3. GSKeziah

    GSKeziah Member

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2010
    Messages:
    130
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ill buy it on my ipod tmrw and let you know tmrw night I saw that Colbert too.
     
  4. M2inOR

    M2inOR Parent

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2009
    Messages:
    159
    Likes Received:
    0
    PC, Mac, Kindle, iPod Touch, iPhone, Blackberry, and Android users can download the free Kindle Reader software.

    Once installed, you can download a free sample of the book; first chapter covering R-day and part of Beast is included in the sample. Also, the introduction provides some background on the writer.

    Enjoy!
     
  5. mtnman17

    mtnman17 USMA Appointee 2015

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2010
    Messages:
    392
    Likes Received:
    1
    Had a gift card for B&N from Christmas. Just bought it, I'll try to read it soon and let you guys know. :cool:
     
  6. Dog Walker

    Dog Walker Member

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2011
    Messages:
    87
    Likes Received:
    0
    I'm just about finished with the book and have really enjoyed it! It follows Captain Pysh's path at West Point from R Day thru graduation and the escapades and daily grind he endured. I especially like the conclusion of each chapter...he finishes with the BLUF (Bottom Line Up-Front) which explains why the stories he writes about are signficant to him. I would highly recommend it to future cadets and their families for more insight into what the West Point experience is truly like.
     
  7. jake s

    jake s USMA Cadet

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2009
    Messages:
    325
    Likes Received:
    0
    +1

    I finished it a couple of weeks ago and it was definitely an entertaining read. The book has a lot of personal stories of cadet life and ties in leadership qualities into the stories really well. After reading my fair share of books on West Point (translation: as many as I could find) this one is definitely at the top of the list. This book, Absolutely American, and The Long Gray Line are my top three.
     
  8. mtnman17

    mtnman17 USMA Appointee 2015

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2010
    Messages:
    392
    Likes Received:
    1
    Finished it Sunday. Agree 110% with Jake, my top USMA books are Absolutely American, Diary of a WP Cadet and TLGL, in that order. This one has a little edge on the others because it is a first person account. Instead of an outsider saying how so-and-so felt, you know how so-and-so feels. Recommend to anyone interested in USMA.
     
  9. buff81

    buff81 Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2008
    Messages:
    2,644
    Likes Received:
    263
    Good to hear positive reports on this book. Will definitely be my next WP book to read.
    However, my opinion of Absolutely American is : :thumbdown::thumbdown:
     
  10. jake s

    jake s USMA Cadet

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2009
    Messages:
    325
    Likes Received:
    0
    Buff81: Could you please elaborate on why you do not like Absolutely American? It's been recommended by a lot of people and you are one of the first people I've heard from who has not liked it.
     
  11. buff81

    buff81 Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2008
    Messages:
    2,644
    Likes Received:
    263
    Sure.
    Based on what some people have said that were there at time the author was at WP doing his research, the author seemed to want to focus on and zero in on the negative.
    But that is what sells books.
     
  12. 2015USMA

    2015USMA Member

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2010
    Messages:
    77
    Likes Received:
    0
    I agree, my mom didn't even want to finish the book because she felt it was a very negative book.
     
  13. AKH

    AKH Member

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2010
    Messages:
    292
    Likes Received:
    0
    My father worked with someone who graduated in the same class and was in the same company that the author was following, and who knew a few of the main characters. Her take is that Lipsky knew exactly what he was going to be writing about before he got there, and he glamorized some aspects of cadet life while overstating some not so great parts at the same time.
     
  14. vampsoul

    vampsoul Candidate

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2009
    Messages:
    758
    Likes Received:
    1
    I didn't find it that negative, just blatant. If you recall, the author prefaced the whole book by saying WP cadets are avid complainers but the happiest college kids he'd ever met.
     
  15. NJDAD

    NJDAD Member

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2009
    Messages:
    50
    Likes Received:
    0
    I agree, I didn't find it negative. The book focuses on 20 cadets out of 4500, so the experiences portrayed could be vastly different than the norm even without trying to spin it, but I thought it still gave a good flavor. I read it before my son left for beast and after he finished his plebe year and I enjoyed it both times. "The Unforgiving Minute" Craig Mullaney is also a good read.
     

Share This Page