A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

Ishmael Beah was an involuntary child soldier in the brutal civil war fought in Sierra Leone for many years. His story of how he was conscripted, fought, and then recovered, is fascinating. And yes, like Three Cups of Tea, there is some suggestion that not every part of the book is factually accurate. I’m not convinced by the critics but, as with Three Cups of Tea, I’m not sure how much it matters. There was a brutal civil war in Sierra Leone. Both sides used child soldiers. Ishmael Beah was there. I have no doubt that it is sufficiently accurate to warrant our consideration.

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