Books by Ed Ruggero

Ed Ruggero is the author of Duty First: West Point and The Making of American Leaders, in addition to five novels about the military. He is an experienced keynote speaker on leadership and leadership development, and was an infantry officer in the United


NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Three bloody days of courage and confusion, both elements faithfully reflected with frustratingly minimal overview, from Ruggero (Duty First, 2001, etc.)."
A former infantryman compiles, from interviews with survivors, the story of the first major US airborne action of WWII. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"The most honest and enlightening book about West Point published in many years. (16 photos)"
An intimate glimpse at how the US Military Academy transforms some of America's most promising youths into thoughtful and adaptive army officers as it moves into the 21st century. Read full book review >
THE ACADEMY by Ed Ruggero
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"A labor-of-love yarn in which the USMA (the author's alma mater) and its largely admirable traditions figure prominently in a neatly plotted conspiracy notable for a larger-than-life female villain."
Ex-infantryman Ruggero 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. Read full book review >
BREAKING RANKS by Ed Ruggero
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"An absorbingly different sort of soldier's story, one that turns on character as well as action and hints that lonesome Major Isen may have found a worthy new mate."
Another in Ruggero's estimable series (Firefall, 1994, etc.), this time with hero Major Mark Isen, a veteran of combat in three foreign campaigns, finding himself in dubious battle at a Stateside post. Read full book review >
FIREFALL by Ed Ruggero
Released: May 1, 1994

"A rapidly unfolding tale of combat for the living-room soldier."
Major Mark Isen, last seen in The Common Defense (1992), is reassigned to the 3rd Battalion of the United States Army's 75th Infantry Regiment (the Rangers) for a routine training exercise that becomes the real thing. Read full book review >
THE COMMON DEFENSE by Ed Ruggero
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 2, 1992

"Mark Isen is a soldier's soldier and the story is a soldier's story—well told, but with no frills or comforts for the casual civilian."
Captain Mark Isen, who slugged it out heroically with present- day Koreans in Ruggero's 38 North Yankee (1990), now travels to Mexico to advise that country's unenthusiastic troops in the drug war. Read full book review >