<b>The bestselling Pat Conroy novel—now available as an ebook</b><br /><br />The moving portrait of a son’s struggle to escape the iron fist of his volatile military father<br /><br />Marine Colonel Bull Meecham commands his home like a soldiers’ barracks. Cold and controlling but also loving, Bull has complicated relationships with each member of his family—in particular, his eldest son, Ben. Though he desperately seeks his father’s approval, Ben is determined to break out from the Colonel’s shadow. With guidance from teachers at his new school, he strives to find the courage to stand up to his father once and for all.<br /><br />Inspired by Conroy’s own relationship with his father, <i>The Great Santini</i> is a captivating and unflinching portrayal of modern family life and a moving story of a son becoming a man.<br /><br />This enhanced ebook edition includes four documentary-style original videos. These videos illuminate the autobiographical origins of the title character in this novel; how Conroy’s mother inspired his love of reading and writing; Conroy’s role as the protector of his mother and siblings while growing up in an abusive household; and Conroy’s loving relationship with his wife, Cassandra.<br /><br />“Robust and vivid . . . full of feeling.” —<i>Newsday</i><br /><br />“God preserve Pat Conroy.” —<i>The Boston Globe</i><br /><br />Pat Conroy is the <i>New York Times </i>bestselling author of two memoirs and seven novels, including <i>The Prince of Tides</i>, <i>The Great Santini</i>, and <i>The Lords of Discipline</i>. 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 <i>The Water Is Wide</i>) before publishing his first novel, <i>The Boo</i>. Conroy lives in Beaufort, South Carolina.