- Paperback: 278 pages
- Publisher: University of California Press; First edition (April 10, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0520248767
- ISBN-13: 978-0520248762
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #527,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"P.W. Singer's eye-opening book serves as a platform to reassess perceptions of modern warfare. In it, he expresses truths that most people would hesitate to mention. . . .Overall, it's more than an interesting read--it's an invaluable resource for the long term."
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Dr. Singer has created an excellent and through study of the new phenomenon of children at war. Singer looks at the variety of ways that child soldiers are recruited across cultural and political arenas, the perceived benefits of child soldiers to their political patrons, and the long-term repercussions of inundating the world's children in to an existence based upon violence and death.
Singer's work is based upon personal interviews with child soldiers, adults involved in the raging conflicts, as well as international aid agencies, the UN and others closely involved in the "new warfare." Such a work is an invaluable contribution to the emerging cannon on the changing face of warfare. Only with such studies will the world begin to see the problems of children at war, but also begin to create solutions.
As a doctrine developer and trainer to the new Afghan National Army, I found this book extremely valuable. Despite the fact that you may get either emotional or angry at the author for how he conveys his message in select chapters, I strongly recommend that you purchase this book. If you are preparing to deploy to OIF or OEF, Buy this book and struggle through the entire book. In some cases you may feel like skipping chapters or even throwing it away, Dont do either. Read for Understanding
Terry Tucker,Adjunct Prof Military Studies/History
Trainer and Doctrine Developer to the Afghan National Army
Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan
This book uses key testimonies from those who have been affected by child soldiers in several regions, not just Africa. It also confronts the issues of why child soldiers are advantageous to those using them, the repercussions, and most importantly, what can be done to stop this loathsome practice. The author attacked this difficult subject head-on with fact-based research. Furthermore, this was one of the first to accomplish such a task.
The one surprising thing about this book is that it treats this as a new problem. War has always been a young persons game. To read the biographies of woldiers of World War II, a surprising number lied about their age to join the army at fifteen or sixteen years of age. In the American Civil War around 100,000 soldiers were fifteen or younger. A surprising, but unknown number were under ten. The pictures of the end of the Third Reich show young boys greeting Hitler. The first American killed in Afghanistan was shot by a 14 year old sniper.
On the other hand, by bringing attention to the fact that our Army will have to face children in the battlefield Dr. Singer may help prepare our forces and our public for the real world.
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