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Bullies and Cowards
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Investigates the death of a severely hazed West Point cadet at the end of the 19th century and reveals a variety of hazing practices and long-standing institutional cruelty.

Table of Contents

Beast Barracks The Ordeal The Scandal The Secrets Revealed The Hazing Law The Mutiny Conclusion Glossary Index

About the Author

PHILIP W. LEON is Professor of American Literature at The Citadel. He is the author of William Styron (1978), Walt Whitman and Sir William Osler (1995), and Mark Twain and West Point (1996), along with numerous articles and essays. A retired Colonel of Military Intelligence, he served as a senior advisor to the superintendent at West Point from 1987 to 1990.

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"[Leon's] work is very valuable...because it presents a difficult historical situation that has great relevance to today's world, both civilian and military. The reader gains real insight into the problems and divisions that arise in a situation of intense mental pressure and demanding physical stress."-Army History " Leon's work is very valuable...because it presents a difficult historical situation that has great relevance to today's world, both civilian and military. The reader gains real insight into the problems and divisions that arise in a situation of intense mental pressure and demanding physical stress."-Army History ?[Leon's] work is very valuable...because it presents a difficult historical situation that has great relevance to today's world, both civilian and military. The reader gains real insight into the problems and divisions that arise in a situation of intense mental pressure and demanding physical stress.?-Army History "Bullies and Cowards provides us unique insights into cadet life at the Military Academy a century ago and skillfully reminds us that hazing erodes not only the spirit and will of young people, but also the highest ideals of any military institution."-Colonel Robert A. Doughty Professor of History United States Military Academy "Philip Leon has exhaustively researched and superbly written the story of a century-old incident at West Point, flamed into a notorious scandal by the "yellow press" of the day. While the record shows the Academy to have been falsely maligned in the sad incident--which involved the death of a former cadet--the resulting investigation revealed an underlying maliciousness in a student body let run amok by a lack of controls. This book should be read and carefully pondered not only by officers and cadets at West Point, but by responsible persons at every college in America. Hardly dimmed by the passage of ten decades, much potential for such evil lurks on campuses still."-Dave R. Palmer President, Walden University

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