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A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier (Hardcover)

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    This is how wars are fought now: by children, hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s. Children have become soldiers of choice. In the more than fifty conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers. Child soldie......more

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This is how wars are fought now: by children, hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s. Children have become soldiers of choice. In the more than fifty conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers. Child soldiers have been profiled by journalists, and novelists have struggled to imagine their lives. But until now, there has not been a first-person account from someone who came through this hell and survived. Ishmael Beah, now 25 years old, tells how at the age oftwelve, he fled attacking rebels and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence. By thirteen, he'd been picked up by the government army, and Beah, at heart a gentle boy, found that he was capable of truly terrible acts.--From publisher description.A human rights activist offers a firsthand account of war from the perspective of a former child soldier, detailing the violent civil war that wracked his native Sierra Leone and the government forces that transformed a gentle young boy into a killer as a member of the army.have been profiled by journalists, and novelists have struggled to imagine their lives. But until now, there has not been a first-person account from someone who came through this hell and survived. Ishmael Beah, now 25 years old, tells how at the age oftwelve, he fled attacking rebels and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence. By thirteen, he'd been picked up by the government army, and Beah, at heart a gentle boy, found that he was capable of truly terrible acts.--From publisher description. member of the army.have been profiled by journalists, and novelists have struggled to imagine their lives. But until now, there has not been a first-person account from someone who came through this hell and survived. Ishmael Beah, now 25 years old, tells how at the age oftwelve, he fled attacking rebels and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence. By thirteen, he'd been picked up by the government army, and Beah, at heart a g...

Ishmael Beah was born in 1980 in Sierra Leone, West Africa. His writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Vespertine Press, LIT, Parabola, and numerous academic journals. He is a UNICEF Ambassador and Advocate for Children Affected by War; a member of the Human Rights Watch Childrenís Rights Advisory Committee; an advisory board member at the Center for the Study of Youth and Political Violence at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; visiting scholar at the Center for International Conflict Resolution at Columbia University; visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Genocide, Conflict Resolution, and Human Rights at Rutgers University; cofounder of the Network of Young People Affected by War (NYPAW); and president of the Ishmael Beah Foundation. He has spoken before the United Nations, the Council on Foreign Relations, and many panels on the effects of war on children. His book A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier has been published in over thirty languages and was nominated for a Quill Award in 2007. Time magazine named the book as one of the top ten nonfiction books of 2007, ranking it at number three. Ishmael Beah is a graduate of Oberlin College with a B.A. in Political Science and resides in Brooklyn, New York. He is currently completing a novel set in his home country of Sierra Leone.

Author:
Beah, Ishmael
Genre:
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
Audience:
General/trade
Format:
Hardcover
Pages:
229
Language:
English
Publisher:
Sarah Crichton Books
Publish Date:
02/13/2007
Copyright Year:
2007
ISBN:
9780374105235
Height:
8.5 in
Wdth:
6.0 in
Thickness:
1.0 in
Unit weight:
0.8 lb
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  • The Horrors of Children at War

    A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah portrays the horrors of child soldiers and expresses the sadness of war. Ishmael decided to write this memoir to show the experiences he faced while he lived in Sierra Leone. From the start, Ishmael is separated from his family and he never sees them again. He stays with friends from his village, and they all look out for each other. This ultimately keeps Ishmael alive, because he still has hope that he can survive. Ishmael and his friends escape the war for a little while, but their lives are changed forever when rebels surround the village that they are in. The only way for them to escape is to fight. A village elder becomes their leader and trains them, gives them weapons and a uniform, and drugs to keep them calm. They become accustomed to fighting and are addicted to the drugs. They are always high on either marijuana, cocaine, or brown-brown, which is a mixture of drugs. They become very fierce fighters within a very short amount of time. Eventually, Ishmael and his friends are taken out of the war when they are sent off with UNICEF. He has many struggles in rehabilitation, but he eventually lives with his uncle and extended family in another part of Sierra Leone. Ishmael then is chosen to go to a conference in New York to discuss children fighting in wars worldwide. He meets many other teenagers that went through similar wars in other parts of the world. Ishmael soon acquires a passion for New York and decides to live there with his leader from the conference, and the story ends. Beah is very graphic and descriptive in his memoir. He wants the readers to know that what he went through was very dangerous and that children fighting in wars is a very serious matter. I personally think that Ishmael did an excellent job in achieving his goal to open peoplesí eyes to the wars worldwide. In America, it is hard for you to imagine children running around wielding weapons and shooting at each other. However, in poverty-stricken areas of the world, this is a commonplace. People need to be educated about this problem so we can do something to stop the chaos. One point that Ishmael makes in the book is how addicted to fighting he got that he could kill many people, without even thinking about the damage that he was doing. He also talks about how the drugs were so mesmerizing that they would smoke things like paper if they ran out of drugs. That is how extreme things became for Ishmael during the war. What I really love about this book is the detail that Ishmael uses in describing the events taking place. Most of the time while I was reading, I felt like I was right behind him watching what was going on. Some parts are very sad and make you appreciate the life that you have. I cannot really connect with Ishmael and his experiences because my life is much different than his was. I go to school, play sports, and hang out with friends and family. He is lucky just to have survived past his teen years. We take our freedoms for granted each and every day without even stopping to think about others around the world. They are fighting over their freedom because they donít like how their government is being run. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. I never knew about the war in Sierra Leone, so I got educated about how bloody it was. I want to make a difference so that things like child soldiers in wars donít happen. World peace may never be possible, but children fighting in wars should not be happening. Shouldnít we all be entitled to just being a kid and running around the playground? I would recommend this book to anyone, because it is definitely an eye-opener and is very gripping.

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  • Great Book

    This is a great book! A truly amazing story and a fast read. I couln't put it down. You'll be moved.

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  • Quick Delivery

    My son needed this book for school, we found the best price on O and it was delivered to us in just a short few days.

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  • Great value

    The book was in excellent condition upon delivery. The price was a bargain and the book was a good read with informative content about children and war.

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  • A long way gone

    I purchased several copies of this book (hard back and CD) to give as gifts. That is how valuable I thought the story was.

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
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