A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

Paperback | August 5, 2008

byIshmael Beah

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A Globe and Mail Best 100 Books of the Year, New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books of the Year, and Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year.

It is estimated that in the more than fifty violent conflicts going on worldwide, there are some 300,000 child soldiers. Ishmael Beah used to be one of them. In A Long Way Gone, Beah, now in his mid-twenties, tells how, at the age of twelve, he fled attacking rebels in his homeland of Sierra Leone and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence and war. 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.

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A Globe and Mail Best 100 Books of the Year, New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books of the Year, and Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year.It is estimated that in the more than fifty violent conflicts going on worldwide, there are some 300,000 child soldiers. Ishmael Beah used to be one of them. In A Long Way Gone, Beah, now i...

Ishmael Beah was born in Sierra Leone, West Africa, in 1980. He moved to the United States in 1998 and finished his last two years of high school at the United Nations International School in New York. He graduated from Oberlin College in 2004. He is a member of the Human Rights Watch Children's Rights Division Advisory Committee and h...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.25 × 8.5 × 0.61 inPublished:August 5, 2008Publisher:Douglas And McIntyre (2013) Ltd.Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:155365398X

ISBN - 13:9781553653981

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