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Ishmael Beah, born in 1980 in Sierra Leone, West Africa, is the New York Times bestselling author of A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier. The book has been published in over thirty languages and was nominated for a Quill Award in 2007. Time magazine named the book as one of the top ten nonfiction books of 2007, ranking it at number three. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Vespertine Press, LIT, Parabola, and numerous academic journals. He is a UNICEF Ambassador and Advocate for Children Affected by War; a member of the Human Rights Watch Children’s Rights Advisory Committee; an advisory board member at the Center for the Study of Youth and Political Violence at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; visiting scholar at the Center for International Conflict Resolution at Columbia University; visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Genocide, Conflict Resolution, and Human Rights at Rutgers University; cofounder of the Network of Young People Affected by War (NYPAW); and president of the Ishmael Beah Foundation. He has spoken before the United Nations, the Council on Foreign Relations, and many panels on the effects of war on children. He is a graduate of Oberlin College with a B.A. in Political Science and resides in Brooklyn, New York

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  • Introduction, Part One - Author Interview with Ishmael Beah

    An interview with former Sierra Leonean child soldier Ishmael Beah about his memoir, A Long Way Gone.

  • Introduction, Part Two - Author Interview with Ishmael Beah

    An interview with former Sierra Leonean child soldier Ishmael Beah about his memoir, A Long Way Gone.

  • Why I Wrote My Book - Author Interview with Ishmael Beah

    Former Sierra Leonean child soldier Ishmael Beah discusses why he wrote his memoir, A Long Way Gone.

  • The War in Sierra Leone - Author Interview with Ishmael Beah

    Former Sierra Leonean child soldier Ishmael Beah discusses the war in his memoir, A Long Way Gone.

  • Realities of War - Author Interview with Ishmael Beah

    Former Sierra Leonean child soldier Ishmael Beah describes the realities of war in his memoir, A Long Way Gone.

  • Discovering Hip Hop - Author Interview with Ishmael Beah

    Former Sierra Leonean child soldier Ishmael Beah discusses his discovery of hip hop, from his memoir, A Long Way Gone.

  • My Writing Process - Author Interview with Ishmael Beah

    Former Sierra Leonean child soldier Ishmael Beah describes his writing process for his memoir, A Long Way Gone.

  • Today's Child Soldiers - Author Interview with Ishmael Beah

    Former Sierra Leonean child soldier Ishmael Beah discusses today's child soldiers and his memoir, A Long Way Gone.

  • Raising Awareness - Author Interview with Ishmael Beah

    Former Sierra Leonean child soldier Ishmael Beah discusses raising awareness and his memoir, A Long Way Gone.

  • To American Readers - Author Interview with Ishmael Beah

    Former Sierra Leonean child soldier Ishmael Beah speaks to American readers about his memoir, A Long Way Gone.

  • Sharing My Experience - Author Interview with Ishmael Beah on his book A Long Way Gone

    Former Sierra Leonean child soldier Ishmael Beah shares his experiences in his memoir, A Long Way Gone.

  • A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah--Audiobook Excerpt

    Listen to Ishmael Beah read from his book A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier in this audiobook excerpt. 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.

  • Ishmael Beah | Radiance of Tomorrow | Audiobook

    Author Ishmael Beah reads from the introduction to his novel, Radiance of Tomorrow.

  • The Colbert Report

    Author and former child soldier Ishmael Beah explains how he was recruited into the Sierra Leone military at 13 years of age.

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Radiance of Tomorrow

Ishmael Beah

A haunting, beautiful first novel by the bestselling author of A Long Way GoneWhen Ishmael Beah’s A Long Way Gone was published in 2007, it soared to...

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A Long Way Gone

Ishmael Beah

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...

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