A Long Way Gone - Ishmael Beah
Despite some apparent controversy over whether Beah got his facts entirely accurate or not (for example, whether a particular attack took place in 1993 or 1995), I still have to say I found this to be a gripping, worthy read. It's graphic, no doubt, and despite my many forays into books about genocide, I still found myself cringing while reading this. Whether Beah was a child soldier for 1 year or for 3 is, to me, completely irrelevant when it comes to the larger point: Beah survived what no child--indeed no human being--should ever have to experience, and he uses the memory of his trauma to spur him on to greater deeds. God bless Ishmael Beah.