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A long way gone : memoirs of a boy soldier

Author: Ishmael Beah
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st pbk. edView all editions and formats
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This is how wars are fought now: by children, hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s. Children have become soldiers of choice. In the more than fifty conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers. 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Personal narratives
Named Person: Ishmael Beah; Ishmael Beah; Ishmael Beah; Ishmael Beah; Ishmael Beah
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ishmael Beah
ISBN: 0374531269 9780374531263
OCLC Number: 190850795
Notes: "Sarah Crichton books."
Originally published in hardcover: New York : Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2007.
Description: 229 pages : map ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Ishmael Beah.

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This is how wars are fought now: by children, hopped-up on drugs and wielding AK-47s. Children have become soldiers of choice. In the more than fifty conflicts going on worldwide, it is estimated that there are some 300,000 child soldiers. 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. Ishmael Beah, now 25 years old, tells 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.--From publisher description.

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