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The worst I can say about this book is that it is a good read. From another perspective, "Of Honor and Dishonor" awakens and explores feelings well familiar to those of us growing up during the Vietnam years. Mr. Crocco tells the story through the eyes of a West Point cadet, but it could be any one's story.  A reader from Indianapolis, In USA

Ex-infantryman Ruggero (who "writes about wars and warriors with the same I-have-been-there, no-nonsense authority as Hemingway"  - Col. David H. Hackworth, USA [Ret.], New York Times bestselling author of About Face) momentarily abandons Major Mark Isen, protagonist of his estimable Army series (Breaking Ranks, 1995, etc.), for an absorbing tale of sociopolitical intrigue set at the US Military Academy.
A must read for anyone interested in a sneak peek of USMA!
As a grad (USMA ’94), I can attest to the accuracy of Mr. Ruggero’s description of West Point and his anecdotes of life there as a cadet.  His characters are so well developed that I could swear Wayne Holder is my husband!  (He, too, was a very laid back, reluctant leader who was well known with the women…)  I could substitute every character with someone I knew at West Point and in the Army, and that always makes a book more interesting.  The plot was a little far-fetched, but Ed even makes that believable.  This book brought back many memories and stirred up many emotions.   I read it from start to finish over one night – I couldn’t put it down until I finished.  If you want the nitty gritty on what it is really like being a cadet at West Point (embellished with some out of the ordinary danger and excitement), you should read this book!  And, yes, we do chant “blood makes the grass grow”!

Enigmatic customs, arcane rituals, seemingly archaic attitudes; the secrets that hide within the walls of the Army's prestigious West Point Academy hold tremendous intrigue for the civilian. So much happens to which we will never be privy.  So what happens when you take the rigid military school, with its all-important decree of "Duty, honor, and country," and throw in a murder, conniving Congressmen, and perhaps a sex scandal or two?  You end up with Lucian Truscott's complex mystery, Full Dress Gray, a compelling novel in which the twists and turns hang on the subtleties of military life.
Ry Slaight, the hero of Dress Gray, returns to West Point Academy 30 years older and quite a few ranks higher.  As a lieutenant general -- and the new superintendent -- Slaight faces the challenge of running a new kind of military academy -- one that includes a multi-ethnic and somewhat feminised body of cadets.  On his first day in charge, a young woman collapses in a military parade.  What is at first assumed to be a rather typical case of heatstroke, turns out to be a death from unknown causes.  When it's discovered the cadet had sex with multiple men the night before her death, Slaight is challenged to find out exactly what's been going on at his academy.

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