" 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 intact from this chaos, he has become one of its most eloquent chroniclers. We ignore his message at our peril." -- Sebastian Junger, author of "A Death in Belmont "and "A Perfect Storm
""This is a beautifully written book about a shocking war and the children who wereforced to fight it. Ishmael Beah describes the unthinkable in calm, unforgettable language; his memoir is an important testament to the children elsewhere who continue to be conscripted into armies and militias." -- Steve Coll, author of "Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001,"" "winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for general Nonfiction "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""" " "A Long Way Gone" hits you hard in the gut with Sierra Leone' s unimaginable brutality and then it touches your soul with unexpected acts of kindness. Ishmael Beah' s story tears your heart to pieces and then forces you to put it back together again, because if Beah can emerge from such horror with his humanity in tact, it' s the least you can do."
-- Jeannette Walls, author of "The Glass Castle: A Memoir"show more