The Great Santini by Pat Conroy

Pat Conroy draws upon his Military Brat world to create an unforgettable portrait of a fighter pilot father and the pressures of growing up “military”.


The Great Santini by Pat ConroyEditor’s Note: The Great Santini: A Novel was published by Dial Press Trade Paperbook in March 2002, paperbook, 480 pages.

This book is a work of fiction, but so much of it rings true.


“Robust and vivid… full of feeling.” — Newsday

“Stinging authenticity… a book that won’t quit.” — Atlanta Journal

“A tender, raucous and often hilarious book.” — Booklist “Conroy has captured a different slice of America in this funny, dramatic novel.” — Richmond News -Leader

From’s Product Description:

Step into the powerhouse life of Bull Meecham. He’s all Marine — fighter pilot, king of the clouds, and absolute ruler of his family. Lillian is his wife — beautiful, southern-bred, with a core of velvet steel.

Without her cool head, her kids would be in real trouble. Ben is the oldest, a born athlete whose best never satisfies the big man. Ben’s got to stand up, even fight back, against a father who doesn’t give in— not to his men, not to his wife, and certainly not to his son. Bull Meecham is undoubtedly Pat Conroy’s most explosive character — a man you should hate, but a man you will love.


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  1. I am a military brat as well. Looking forward to putting forth my own story. Look forward to any and all communication with all “brats”.


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