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    DescriptionThis is how wars are fought now by children, hopped up on drugs, and wielding AK-47s. In the more than fifty violent conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers. Ishmael Beah used to be one of them. 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 it is rare to find a first-person account from someone who endured this hell and survived. In" A Long Way Gone Beah," now twenty-six years old, 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 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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    Title
    A Long Way Gone
    Subtitle
    Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ishmael Beah, Read by Ishmael Beah
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Number of pages: 7
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 152 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 227 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781427202307
    ISBN 10: 1427202303
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    B&T Merchandise Category: AUD
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0A
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: BM
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HBJH
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    DC22: B
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1HFD
    Ingram Theme: CULT/WAFRIC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 51600
    B&T Approval Code: A23306400
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1990
    B&T Approval Code: A44100000
    Ingram Subject Code: JA
    Libri: I-JA
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 76
    BISAC V2.8: HIS001050, BIO026000
    DC21: 966.404
    DC22: 966.404
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T Approval Code: A15504500
    LC subject heading: , , , , ,
    BISAC V2.8: BIO008000
    LC classification: DT516.828.B43 A3 2007C
    Edition
    Unabridged
    Edition statement
    Unabridged
    Publisher
    Audio Renaissance, Div of Holtzbrink Publishers
    Imprint name
    Audio Renaissance, Div of Holtzbrink Publishers
    Publication date
    20 March 2007
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    Praise for the audio edition of "A Long Way Gone" "Actor Dominic Hoffman's restrained voice, edged with sadness and poignancy, conveys Beah's difficult emotional state." - "Library Journal" "This absorbing account by a young man who, as a boy of 12, gets swept up in Sierra Leone's civil war goes beyond even the best journalistic efforts in revealing the life and mind of a child abducted into the horrors of warfare...Told in clear, accessible language by a young writer with a gifted literary voice, this memoir seems destined to become a classic firsthand account of war and the ongoing plight of child soldiers in conflicts worldwide."--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)"Beah's memoir, "A Long Way Gone" (Farrar, Straus and -Giroux), is unforgettable testimony that Africa's children--millions of them dying and orphaned by preventable diseases, hundreds of thousands of them forced into battle--have eyes to see and voices to tell what has happened. And what voices! How is it possible that 26-year-old Beah, a nonnative English speaker, separated from his family at age 12, taught to maim and to kill at 13, can sound such notes of -family happiness, of friendship under duress, of quiet horror? No outsider could have written this book, and it's hard to imagine that many -insiders could do so with such acute vision, stark language, and tenderness. It is a heart-rending achievement." --Melissa Fay Greene, "Elle Magazine" "Hideously effective in conveying the essential horror of his experiences."--"Kirkus Reviews""" "Extraordinary . . . A ferocious and desolate account of how ordinary children were turned into professional killers." -"The Guardian ""UK""" ""A Long Way Gone" is one of the most important war stories of our generation. The arming of children is among the greatest evils of the modern world, and yet we know so little about it because the children themselves are swallowed up by the very wars they are forced to wage. Ishmael Beah has not only emerged intac