Outback Takedown

For months, journalists from the Australian newspaper have been poking holes in Ishmael Beah’s child soldier memoir, A Long Way Gone. I have a piece out in Slate on their feud with the book’s publisher, Farrar, Straus and Giroux. The Aussie reporters claim that Beah embellished his story and served as a child solider in Sierra Leone for perhaps several months, not the two years chronicled in this book. Now, they’re willing to go to court to prove their right. “If I’m maliciously inflicting commercial damage on them, they should sue,” one of the reporters, Peter Wilson told me. “They’re not suing because they know I’m telling the truth. And they’re hoping we’ll just go away. So my response is, sue us, and we’ll see you in court.”

Read the full piece HERE

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