One-Minute Book Reviews

February 3, 2008

Watch Ishmael Beah on Comedy Central (This Is Not a Joke)

Somehow I missed this until now, but last year the people at Sarah Crichton Books apparently decided that they had found a great place for Ishmael Beach to plug his memoir of how the army in Sierra Leone turned him into a ruthless drug-addicted killer. And that place was … Comedy Central!

I’m not making this up. Beah was on the Daily Show With Jon Stewart on Feb. 14, 2007. His publisher posted a clip of his appearance the Web site for his A Long Way Gone and hasn’t taken it down, so somebody must still think it’s pretty funny. Here’s a link to the Stewart interview (If the link doesn’t work, you can find the clip by going to and clicking on the “News” page.) Click here for the latest developments in the investigation of the book by the newspaper the Australian,25197,23145293-5001986,00.html.

(c) 2008 Janice Harayda. 2008 All rights reserved.

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