Based on the true story of Valentino Achak Deng, What is the What by Dave Eggers is a fictionalized account of the Lost Boys of Sudan program, which is a group of young Sudanese refugees who escaped the Second Sudanese Civil War and traveled on foot across Africa. After his village is wiped out, Valentino walked through Kenya and Ethiopia and finally moved to the United States.
This book is the amazing story of the trials of starvation and militia violence that still occurs daily in Africa. After reading this book, I was inspired by Valentino's strength of spirit. I believe this one of those books that every person should read.