What are the best books about Sierra Leone?

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    #1A Dirty War in West Africa: The RUF and the Destruction of Sierra Leone

    A Dirty War in West Africa: The RUF and the Destruction of Sierra Leone

    A Dirty War in West Africa: The RUF and the Destruction of Sierra Leone is a book by Lansana Gberie where he talks about his harrowing experiences as a journalist during the decade-long civil war, exposing corruption, rape, mutilation, and more.

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    Jack Powell
    Written on May 22, 2018
    "A riveting book about the real life experiences of a journalist in the mist of the civil war. He writes about the unspeakable horrors that he saw and heard about. Not for the faint of heart. "
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    #2Chasing the Devil

    Chasing the Devil

    Chasing the Devil: The Search for Africa's Fighting Spirit is an adventure filled western African culture, travel nonfiction book written by Tim Butcher. It was published January 1, 2010 by Chatoo & Windus.

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    Cheryl Pena
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I did Americorps in Sierra Leone many years ago, so I have a personal connection to the land and people. I was feeling nostalgic about it when I saw this book, so I bought it. It really brought me back, and inspired me to book a trip there. The story and writing are compelling and very human."
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    #3Sierra Leone: Inside the War, History and Narratives

    Sierra Leone: Inside the War, History and Narratives

    Sierra Leone: Inside the War, History, and Narratives is a book by James Higbie and Bernard S. Moigula that includes first-hand narratives from a wide array of people who lived through the brutal ten-year war. 

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    Arjun Bose
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This book describes brutal regime that engulfed impoverished Seirra-Leone . True stories and narratives from people who witnessed and survived harsh brutalities. Blood shedding and amputations, child labor and blood diamonds. Horrific accounts described by witnesses that one will never see on traditional TV news or read innewspapers! An eye-opening experience."
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    #4Sierra Leone: Diamonds and the Struggle for Democracy

    Sierra Leone: Diamonds and the Struggle for Democracy

    Sierra Leone: Diamonds and the Struggle for Democracy by John L. Hirsch is a book that studies Sierra Leone's downward spiral, with information that comes from the author's first-hand experience as US ambassador in Freetown.

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    Eugene Crawford
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "Fine jewels and diamonds in particular have ripped apart a number of African countries and Sierra Leone is no exception. This book is incredible. Informative and sad."
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    #5A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

    A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

    A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier is a memoir written by Ishmael Beah. Published in 2007, A Long Way Gone narrates the author's experiences about his life journey, from the time he fled from attacking rebels in Sierra Leone.

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    Judith Mason
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Life journey books are always a good idea. They are realistic, sensitive and very accurate. They even teach you a lot of things in life."
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    #6Iron Butterfly: A Novel of Africa

    Iron Butterfly: A Novel of Africa

    Iron Butterfly: A Novel of Africa is a historical fiction written by Clara Whaley Perkins. Published in 2011, Iron Butterfly focuses on the kidnapping of the female Paramount Chief from Sierra Leone.

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    Stephanie Hicks
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "I think the description of this book is attractive and allows readers to know more about Africa."
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    #7Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina

    Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina

    Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina is a memoir by Michaela DePrince with Elaine DePrince. Published in 2014, Taking Flight narrates the author's experiences regarding her escape from Sierra Leone to her rise as star ballerina.

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    Arjun Jayaraman
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "I still don't know what I think about Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina, even after reading it mere days ago. I thought it was an amazing and unbelievable narrative about the journey of a young girl. However I have traveled to Sierra Leone before, and I fell in love with parts of the country. I have a soft-spot in my heart for the region, and this book seemed to focus only on the negative. This girl is trying to build a life, and I admire that, but the book also paints Sierra Leone as a horrible place with no advantages. I'm glad for her, but I wish they could have talked a little more about the beauty of Sierra Leone."
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    #8White Man's Grave: A Novel

    White Man's Grave: A Novel
    White Man's Grave is a book written by Richard Dooling. Published in 1994, White Man's Grave focuses on the search for Michael Killigan, a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa.
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    Marie Carlson
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "Books about Sierra Leone are tragically hard to find. This book is a gripping read, the descriptions of the people and landscapes felt like I was back there."
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    #9Operation Barras: The SAS Rescue Mission: Sierra Leone 2000 (Cassell Military Paperbacks)

    Operation Barras: The SAS Rescue Mission: Sierra Leone 2000 (Cassell Military Paperbacks)

    Operation Barras: The SAS Rescue Mission, Sierra Leone 2000 is a book written by Will Fowler. Published in 2005, Operation Barras provides details the rescue operation in Sierra Leoone.

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    Ryan Russell
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "Operation Barras: The SAS Rescue Mission: Sierra Leone 2000 from Cassell Military Paperbacks is a great book if you are into military history, Sierra Leone, or both. The writing is very detailed and you feel like you're part of the action."
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    #10Women and Collective Action in Africa: Development, Democratization, and Empowerment

    Women and Collective Action in Africa: Development, Democratization, and Empowerment
    Women and Collective Action in Africa: Development, Democratization, and Empowerment is a book by Filomena Chioma Steady. Published in 2005, Women and Collective Action in Africa focuses on women's movements and collective action in Africa.
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    Tyler Contreras
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "I found this book interesting and informative. It focuses on women's movements and collective action in Africa. It shows how collective action can influence to education; women's rights, family formation and many other positive things. I loved this book because I found it interesting to read."
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