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The Lords of Discipline

A Novel

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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.  “Suspense-ridden . . . quivers with excitement and conviction.” —Washington Post Book World
A work of enormous power, passion, humor, and wisdom.” —Washington Star
“God preserve Pat Conroy.” —The Boston Globe
Pat Conroy was the New York Times–bestselling author of two memoirs and seven novels, including The Prince of TidesThe Great Santini, and The Lords of Discipline. Born the eldest of seven children in a rigidly disciplined military household, he attended the Citadel, the military college of South Carolina. He briefly became a schoolteacher (which he chronicled in his memoir The Water Is Wide) before publishing his first novel, The Boo. Conroy passed away in 2016 at the age of seventy.

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!

A classic of this century!!

I first read this book in the late 80's and was amazed and spellbound by it's style and poetry. But what I think makes this book even better for me is that I was able to relate to the main character. Not because I believed in his politics or views of the south, or even Vietnam. It was because he became my friend like he became friends with the other characters in this book. I submit to you that any author that can do that is worth reading.


"Cruelty was an easy sport to master when practiced anonymously."—screen 971

Any atrocity is okay if done for the sake of the tribe.

THE LORDS IF DISCIPLINE, by Pat Conroy, is one of the most compelling, 'hard-to-put-down' novels I've ever read. It brutally probes the subtlest nuances of honor, of integrity, of character, of cruelty, of callousness, and of fear.

How have I missed reading this incredibly haunting story, first published in 1980, for thirty-four years?

Recommendation: A 'must read'.

"...I was a lone, absurd, figure in the history of my times, a sleeper in the history of ruthless law, of bombers over suburbs, of artillery barrages destroying the gaily painted walls of kindergartens."—screen 1147

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The Lords of Discipline
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Literary
  • Published: Aug 17, 2010
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • Seller: OpenRoad Integrated Media, LLC
  • Print Length: 561 Pages
  • Language: English
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