A long way gone : memoirs of a boy soldier / Ishmael Beah.

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    • Publication Information:
      1st paperback ed
    • Abstract:
      Summary: 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.
    • Notes:
      "Sarah Crichton Books."
    • ISBN:
      9780374531263 (pbk)
      0374531269 (pbk)
      0374105235 (hardcover : alk. paper)
      9780374105235 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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    • ABNT:
      BEAH, I. A long way gone : memoirs of a boy soldier. [s. l.]: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008. ISBN 9780374531263. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat06118a&AN=neos.4220068&custid=s3443875. Acesso em: 28 jan. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Beah I. A Long Way Gone : Memoirs of a Boy Soldier. Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 2008. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat06118a&AN=neos.4220068&custid=s3443875. Accessed January 28, 2020.
    • APA:
      Beah, I. (2008). A long way gone : memoirs of a boy soldier. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat06118a&AN=neos.4220068&custid=s3443875
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Beah, Ishmael. 2008. A Long Way Gone : Memoirs of a Boy Soldier. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat06118a&AN=neos.4220068&custid=s3443875.
    • Harvard:
      Beah, I. (2008) A long way gone : memoirs of a boy soldier. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat06118a&AN=neos.4220068&custid=s3443875 (Accessed: 28 January 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Beah, I 2008, A long way gone : memoirs of a boy soldier, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, viewed 28 January 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Beah, Ishmael. A Long Way Gone : Memoirs of a Boy Soldier. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat06118a&AN=neos.4220068&custid=s3443875.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Beah, Ishmael. A Long Way Gone : Memoirs of a Boy Soldier. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat06118a&AN=neos.4220068&custid=s3443875.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Beah I. A long way gone : memoirs of a boy soldier [Internet]. Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 2008 [cited 2020 Jan 28]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat06118a&AN=neos.4220068&custid=s3443875


LJ Reviews 2006 November #2

In this real-life Beasts of No Nation, Beah details his experience as a 13-year-old compelled by government forces in his native Sierra Leone to pick up an AK-47. Now he's a member of the Human Rights Watch Children's Division Advisory Committee. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

LJ Reviews 2016 January #1

It is common in war memoirs to read stories of soldiers leaving for war as 18-year-old boys and returning aged. In the case of savage wars occurring in Africa, children who are forced into service and often drugged are used as pawns in urban combat. Beah portrays a particularly ugly side of battle.

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PW Reviews 2006 December #3

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. Beah's harrowing journey transforms him overnight from a child enthralled by American hip-hop music and dance to an internal refugee bereft of family, wandering from village to village in a country grown deeply divided by the indiscriminate atrocities of unruly, sociopathic rebel and army forces. Beah then finds himself in the armyâ€"in a drug-filled life of casual mass slaughter that lasts until he is 15, when he's brought to a rehabilitation center sponsored by UNICEF and partnering NGOs. The process marks out Beah as a gifted spokesman for the center's work after his "repatriation" to civilian life in the capital, where he lives with his family and a distant uncle. When the war finally engulfs the capital, it sends 17-year-old Beah fleeing again, this time to the U.S., where he now lives. (Beah graduated from Oberlin College in 2004.) 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. (Feb.)

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