A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

TitleA Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsBeah, Ishmael
Number of Pages229
PublisherFarrar, Strous and Giroux
CityNew York

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 this volume, the author tells a riveting story in his own words: 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 he, at heart a gentle boy, found that he was capable of truly terrible acts.

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