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A Long Way Gone (Hardcover) by Ishmael Beah

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Along with millions of others in Sierra Leone, Ishmael Beah found his life torn from its mooring by the cataclysmic events of the 1991 civil war. He was 12 years old when he lost his family and became a wandering refugee, and by 15 he had joined the thousands of child soldiers waging war across the devastated nation. Though he grew up surrounded by atrocity, violence, and chaos, Beah somehow managed, with the help of a UNICEF-sponsored organization, to leave his soldier life behind, and eventually fled the country to America. Ishmael Beah's vivid, brilliant, and harrowing account is a gripping testament to the nature of life in a country where the foundation of civilization has crumbled and the concept of childhood has tragically disappeared.
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.”
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.
Number of Pages: 229
Genre: Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: Personal Memoirs
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books
Language: English
Street Date: February 13, 2007
TCIN: 12003334
UPC: 9780374105235
Item Number (DPCI): 059-01-1441
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