A Long Way Gone

by Ishmael Beah Year Published: 2007 Memoir

In A Long Way Gone, Beah, now twenty-five years old, tells a riveting story: 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.