The Great Santini

Front Cover
Dial PressTrade Paperbacks, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 471 pages
466 Reviews

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.

Look for special features inside.
Join the Circle for author chats and more.


What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

Great characters, great plot, wonderful storytelling! - Goodreads
Great read with a teary ending. - Goodreads
I love Pat Conroy's writing style. - Goodreads
The ending left me shocked becau - Goodreads
As a depiction of military life I loved this book. - Goodreads
Character development=amazing. - Goodreads

Review: The Great Santini

User Review  - Marj - Goodreads

USA Marine Corps fighter pilot Colonel Bull Meecham, wife Lillian and children Ben, Mary Anne, Karen and Matt on an emotional roller coaster from heartbreak to laugh out loud as they do their lives as a military family. A worthwhile read and an excellent study of relationships. Read full review

Review: The Great Santini

User Review  - Phil - Goodreads

The Great Santini by Pat Conroy Pat Conroy Read full review

Selected pages

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2002)

Pat Conroy is the bestselling author of The Water is Wide, The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, The Prince of Tides, Beach Music, and My Losing Season. He lives in Fripp Island, South Carolina.

Bibliographic information