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

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    My new friends have begun to suspect I haven't told them the full story of my life.
    "Why did you leave Sierra Leone?"
    "Because there is a war."
    "You mean, you saw people running around with guns and shooting each other?"more

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My new friends have begun to suspect I haven't told them the full story of my life.
"Why did you leave Sierra Leone?"
"Because there is a war."
"You mean, you saw people running around with guns and shooting each other?"
"Yes, all the time."
"Cool."
I smile a little.
"You should tell us about it sometime."
"Yes, sometime."


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. Ishmael Beah used to be one of them.

What is war like through the eyes of a child soldier? How does one become a killer? How does one stop? 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.

In A Long Way Gone, Beah, now twenty-five years old, tells a riveting story: how at the age of twelve, 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.
This is a rare and mesmerizing account, told with real literary force and heartbreaking honesty.

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 Children’s 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
Edition Detail:
Reprint
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
229
Language:
English
Publisher:
Sarah Crichton Books
Publish Date:
08/05/2008
Copyright Year:
2008
ISBN:
9780374531263
Height:
8.25 in
Wdth:
5.75 in
Thickness:
0.75 in
Unit weight:
0.5 lb
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  • Book, was in Excellent/brand new condition.

    Everrything was Excellent with the ordering and product, just the shipping took a long time to receive.....Yes would order from again!

    • How did the image on site compare with the actual product? Excellent
    • How accurate was the on site description of the product? very
    • Please tell us about the quality of the product. Excellent
    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
  • Touching upon children's plight

    This book was selected for my book club to discuss. While the subject matter is quite disturbing, I feel that it is important for us to be aware of the plight of children in war-torn countries such as Sierra Leone. Perhaps more can be done to rescue them or at least mitigate their suffering.

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
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