A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

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By (author) Ishmael Beah, Read by Ishmael Beah

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  • Publisher: Audio Renaissance, Div of Holtzbrink Publishers
  • Format: CD-Audio | 7 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 147mm x 23mm | 68g
  • Publication date: 20 March 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1427202303
  • ISBN 13: 9781427202307
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged

Product description

This 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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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

This is a wrenching, beautiful, and mesmerizing tale. Beah's amazing saga provides a haunting lesson about how gentle folks can be capable of great brutalities as well goodness and courage. It will leave you breathless.--Walter Isaacson, author of Benjamin Franklin: An American Life