Soldiers of Light

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Penguin Books Limited, Jan 27, 2005 - Political Science - 224 pages
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In this moving and unforgettable narrative journalist Daniel Bergner travels into the heart of Sierra Leone, a country torn apart by war. This is the story of the people he encounters in a realm of fire and jungle as they rebuild their lives: Lamin, who lost his hands to save his daughter; Komba, child soldier and sometime cannibal; Neall Ellis, the mercenary pilot with a conscience; Valentine Strasser the embittered ex-dictator; and the Western outsiders trying to save a land of startling beauty and brutality. Shocking, often heartbreaking yet ultimately hopeful, Soldiers of Light is a story of survival and a haunting work of literary reportage.

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Daniel Bergner is an acclaimed journalist. Based in Manhattan, he has travelled throughout Africa, from Liberia to Sudan, and is a contributor to Harper's, the New York Times Magazine, and the New Yorker. Soldiers of Light won an Overseas Press Club Award for international reporting and was named a Best Book of the Year by the Los Angeles Times. It has recently been longlisted for the Lettres Ulysses Award for the Art of Reportage.

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