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A Long Way Gone, Fall 2011

A Long Way Gone by Ishmael BeahWhat 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. (

Campus Activities

  • September 21, 2011:
    Ishmael Beah
    "A Long Way Gone: A Story of Redemption and Hope"
    Reception and book signing to follow.
    7:00 p.m. Arkansas Hall Auditorium
  • October 5, 2011:
    Invisible Children
    Screening of the "Invisible Children: Rough Cut" Documentary Film
    7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Garrison Center Lecture Hall
    Andrea Ramsay, a representative from Invisible Children, will introduce the film and will answer questions after the showing.

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Other Books by Ishmael Beah