The Lords of Discipline (Enhanced Edition) - Pat Conroy

The Lords of Discipline (Enhanced Edition)

By Pat Conroy

  • Release Date: 2010-08-17
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 269 Ratings


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.


  • Great book

    By Evan M Sav
    Conroy is a great author. I really enjoyed this one!
  • Historical memoir

    By jdt_s
    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!
  • Lords of Discipline

    By paruig
    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.

    By GeorgeErnest
    "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 iBook digital edition, 1,337 screens (<> 561 pages)
  • A classic of this century!!

    By jdgcvn72
    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.

    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!