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"About the Book When Nancy Mace entered The Citadel, the United States government had just overturned the ruling that women were not allowed to enter the ""Corps of Cadets."" Growing up in a military family, Nancy was familiar with military life. But upon entering The Citadel's imposing gates, she soon found out that she wasn't just fighting the tradition of the Corps, but the culture and city that surrounded it. Photos. Book Synopsis When Nancy Mace entered the Citadel, the United States government had just recently overturned the ruling that women were not allowed to enter the ""Corps of Cadets."" Having grown up in a military family, Nancy was not unfamiliar with the harsh realities of military life. But upon entering those imposing gates. Nancy 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 account of one young woman's battle to be a part of the long gray line. Review Quotes Pat Conroy author of The Lords of Discipline and The Prince of Tides, and Citadel alumnus, Class of 1967 Nancy Mace has written a wonderful, timeless memoir of the great test to become the first female graduate of The Citadel. Her book is provocative, hilarious, illuminating, and true. It is also a love letter to her college and the best book about The Citadel ever written. About the Author Mary Jane Ross has collaborated on numerous bestselling memoirs, including books by Albert DeMeo, Ray Charles Robinson Jr., Nancy Mace, and Piper Laurie."