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A Long Way Gone

(2007)
Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
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My new friends have begun to suspect I haven't told them the full story of my life.
"Why did you leave Sierra Leone?"
"Because there is a war."
"You mean, you saw people running around with guns and shooting each other?"
"Yes, all the time."
"Cool."
I smile a little.
"You should tell us about it sometime."
"Yes, sometime."


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. Ishmael Beah used to be one of them.

What is war like through the eyes of a child soldier? How does one become a killer? How does one stop? 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.

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.

 
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Hardback Editions

April 2009 : USA Library Binding
thumbTitle: A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
Author(s): Ishmael Beah
ISBN: 1-4395-1412-7 / 978-1-4395-1412-2 (USA edition)
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August 2008 : USA Library Binding
thumbTitle: A Long Way Gone: Memoirs Of A Boy Soldier
Author(s): Ishmael Beah
ISBN: 1-4178-2845-5 / 978-1-4178-2845-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtle Back Books
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August 2008 : USA Library Binding
thumbTitle: A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
Author(s): Ishmael Beah
ISBN: 1-60686-094-1 / 978-1-60686-094-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Perfection Learning
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August 2007 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier (Basic)
Author(s): Ishmael Beah
ISBN: 0-7862-9640-2 / 978-0-7862-9640-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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May 2007 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
Author(s): Ishmael Beah
ISBN: 0-00-724708-7 / 978-0-00-724708-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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February 2007 : Canada Hardback
thumbTitle: A Long Way Gone
Author(s): Ishmael Beah
ISBN: 1-55365-299-1 / 978-1-55365-299-1 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Douglas & Mcintyre
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February 2007 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
Author(s): Ishmael Beah
ISBN: 0-374-10523-5 / 978-0-374-10523-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books
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Paperback Editions

July 2013 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: A Long Way Gone: Memoirs Of A Boy Soldier
Author(s): Ishmael Beah
ISBN: 0-14-319017-2 / 978-0-14-319017-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Canada
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August 2008 : Canada Paperback
thumbTitle: A Long Way Gone
Author(s): Ishmael Beah
ISBN: 1-55365-398-X / 978-1-55365-398-1 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Douglas & Mcintyre
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August 2008 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
Author(s): Ishmael Beah
ISBN: 0-374-53126-9 / 978-0-374-53126-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books
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August 2008 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
Author(s): Ishmael Beah
ISBN: 1-59413-267-4 / 978-1-59413-267-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Large Print Press
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January 2008 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: A Long Way Gone: The True Story of a Child Soldier
Author(s): Ishmael Beah
ISBN: 0-00-724709-5 / 978-0-00-724709-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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November 2007 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: A Long Way Gone - Teacher's Guide: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
Author(s): Ishmael Beah
ISBN: 0-374-95085-7 / 978-0-374-95085-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books
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May 2007 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
Author(s): Ishmael Beah
ISBN: 0-00-725382-6 / 978-0-00-725382-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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April 2007 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: A Long Way Gone
Author(s): Ishmael Beah
ISBN: 0-00-726252-3 / 978-0-00-726252-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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January 2007 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
Author(s): Ishmael Beah
ISBN: 0-7394-8630-6 / 978-0-7394-8630-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books
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Audio Editions

June 2013 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
Author(s): Ishmael Beah
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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June 2013 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
Author(s): Ishmael Beah
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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August 2008 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
Author(s): Ishmael Beah
ISBN: 1-4272-0646-5 / 978-1-4272-0646-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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March 2008 : UK Audio Cassette
Title: A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
Author(s): Ishmael Beah
ISBN: 0-7531-3005-X / 978-0-7531-3005-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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March 2008 : UK Audio CD
thumbTitle: A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
Author(s): Ishmael Beah
ISBN: 0-7531-3006-8 / 978-0-7531-3006-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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March 2007 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
Author(s): Ishmael Beah
ISBN: 1-4272-0230-3 / 978-1-4272-0230-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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March 2007 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: Long Way Gone, a (Lib)(CD)
Author(s): Ishmael Beah
ISBN: 1-4159-3803-2 / 978-1-4159-3803-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
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Kindle Editions

July 2013 : Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: A Long Way Gone: Memoirs Of A Boy Soldier
Author(s): Ishmael Beah
Publisher: Penguin Canada
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April 2007 : USA Kindle edition
thumbTitle: A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
Author(s): Ishmael Beah
Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books
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