"My hope is that the wounds carried by the men who navigated through those difficult days in the spring of 1976 can finally be healed." 
--STEVE HUNT, USMA class of 1977

Choosing the Harder Right

WEST POINT'S 1976 CHEATING SCANDAL
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"May this valuable work contribute to further understanding, reconciliation, and peace to all who suffered during those painful times."
--FATHER THOMAS CURLEY, West Point Catholic Chaplain, 1972-1977
"One of the most misunderstood and darkest periods in the history of the United States Military Academy."
--COLONEL ARTHUR LINCOLN, US Army (Ret.), USMA class of 1966 
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Description

Alumni may think military schools do not change, that all graduates go through the same education and training. But there are distinct generational differences. Choosing the Harder Right is the untold compelling story of a very complicated event from the perspective of West Point Cadet Timothy Ringgold, who publicly challenged the institution he loved--not because he was one of the accused, but to render loyal aid to hundreds of his fellow West Point cadets.

Standing up to an establishment as powerful as the United States Military Academy at West Point--with its 174 years of tradition, alumni, enrolled Corps of Cadets, administration, faculty, and the US Army behind it--was not an easy undertaking. It was Tim Ringgold's way of "choosing the harder right instead of the easier wrong," and never being content "with a half-truth, when the whole can be won." (excerpt from the Cadet Prayer). The largest honor crisis of any service academy in history, the 1976 cheating scandal forced West Point to strengthen its Honor Code System and revamp its Academic and Leadership programs.

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I'M AN ORIGINAL CATCHPHRASE

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Pennsville, NJ - (June 23, 2021) - Choosing the Harder Right, written by author Destiny Jennifer Ringgold and available July 12, 2021, is the untold true story of West Point Cadet Timothy Ringgold publicly challenging the institution he loved. Not as one of the accused, but to render loyal aid to hundreds of his fellow West Point cadets. The largest honor crisis of any service academy in history, the 1976 cheating scandal forced West Point to strengthen its Honor Code System and revamp its Academic and Leadership programs.

 

Colonel Timothy Ringgold, US Army (Ret) commented, “Besides retelling a story lost to history, it was a final opportunity to say thanks to those brave and selfless people who put their values ahead of their careers.” Ringgold added, “In the end, it made West Point what it remains today, the preeminent leader development institution in the world. That conclusion was not foregone, and the entire institution was at risk at the time of the story. It had to be worked at and many sacrifices made by many people to get us there.”

 

For those involved in West Point’s 1976 cheating scandal, this book has the potential to help heal those affected. Steven Hunt, class of 1977 states, “My hope is that the wounds carried by the men who navigated through those difficult days in the spring of 1976 can finally be healed.”

 

Choosing the Harder Right, available July 12, 2021, is about standing up to an establishment as powerful as the United States Military Academy at West Point with its 174 years of tradition, alumni, enrolled Corps of Cadets, administration, faculty, and the US Army behind it. It was Tim Ringgold’s way of “choosing the harder right instead of the easier wrong,” and never being content “with a half-truth, when the whole can be won.” (excerpt from the Cadet Prayer)

 

For hard and soft cover pre-orders, interviews, media events and book review requests, visit:

http://www.choosingtheharderright.com, Choosing the Harder Right: West Point's 1976 Cheating Scandal | Facebook and to view the author's book video https://youtu.be/K4iwE4szos0.

Media Contact:

Lisa Cinquino

Whistle Communications

lisa@whistlecommunications.com

For Immediate Release:
 

 
 

Author's Video

 

Media

Military Times
"New books pulls back curtain on 1976 West Point cheating scandal."
13 July 2021.  

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May 19, 1976
ABC Evening News with
Harry Reasoner

May 27, 1976

CBS Evening News with

Walter Cronkite

June 6, 1978
ABC Evening News with
Harry Reasoner

For Interviews, Media Inquiries and Reviews contact:

Whistle Communications

lisa@whistlecommunications.com

ABOUT Author

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Destiny  Jennifer Ringgold  received  a  BA  from  Northern  Arizona  University  after starting  her  college  experience  at  Virginia  Military  Institute  as  part  of  the  second  class  of  women,  which  she  expounded  upon in  her  first  book, The  New  Cadet:  A Young Woman's Journey  in  a  Man's  World..  This  gave  her  the  back ground  to  tell  her  father's  unique  story  of  his  cadet  years  at  his  Alma  mater,  the  United  States  Military  Academy  at  West  Point. 
 
 
Photographs from our book LauNCH

Wednesday, July 14th at 1:00-3:00 pm
Army-Navy Club:
Washington Room

901 17th Street 
Washington, DC 20006

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