In the Company of Men: A Woman at the Citadel

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Simon and Schuster, 2002 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 256 pages
When Nancy Mace entered The Citadel, the United States government had just recently overturned the ruling that women were not allowed to enter the 'Core of Cadets.' Having grown up in a military family, Nancy was not unfamiliar with the harsh realities of military life. Her father, a brigadier general, had graduated from The Citadel and her older sister was a military graduate, but it would be Nancy's journey alone. And as many a knob has found out, life inside the dazzling white ramparts of this famous fortress is far from pleasant. Upon entering those grand gates, Nancy Mace soon found out that she wasn't just fighting the tradition of the corps, but the culture and city that surrounded it. Steeped in tradition and lore, the grand bastion known as El Cid is considered one of the South's most infamous and controversial institutions. Built in 1842, it has turned out a unique brand of Southern man -- and now woman. This is the true first-person account of a young woman's battle to be a part of the long gray line.
 

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During the summer The Citadel is part of something called COLS (or for the non-JROTC folk cadet officer leadership school). i lived through something quite similar to Mace.i was bunking with someone i had never met in my life.five minutes after my roomate late i looked out my window and took in the silence that seemed to echo around me i cried a little because i felt so alone(we werent allowed to have cellphones or mp3 players or anything,thats a very different experience for a teenage girl).i loved it though.i loved my six days at The Citadel.the Cadre yelled and screamed at us.LOOK FORWARD!your at attention!eyes caged forward! i loved every minute of it.i love this book.it makes me want to go to The Citadel sooooooooo bad. 

Contents

BATTLE CRY i
1
1800 BULLDOGS AND 4 BITCHES
15
NANCY THE KNOB
29
THE HAZE MAZE
37
HELL NIGHT
52
SURVIVOR
66
STORMY WEATHER
73
PARADE REST
86
PROMISES TO KEEP
149
HOLIDAY BLUES
159
STAR PERFORMER
173
RECOGNITION DAY
183
WEARING THE RING
191
PERSONAL MEMORABILIA AND CORRESPONDENCE FROM THE CITADEL YEARS
213
PHOTO CREDITS
235
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
236

PHOTOGRAPHS
128
HAIR OF THE DOG
142

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Nancy Mace entered The Citadel in 1996 and after three years became the first female graduate of the South Carolina military college. She is the daughter of Army Brigadier General James E. Mace and Dr. Anne J. Mace, Ed.D. Currently she works with a management consulting firm. Nancy lives with her husband (also a Citadel graduate) in Fort Bennington, Georgia.

Mary Jane Ross has collaborated on numerous bestselling memoirs, including books by Albert DeMeo, Ray Charles Robinson Jr., Nancy Mace, and Piper Laurie.