This book is a personal account of the Liberian civil war. It basically deals with major events that preceded the civil war. It tells of the relationship between the Republic of Liberia and the United States of America, and events that would have jeopardized that historical relationship between the two countries. Though this is a personal account, some of the events mentioned in America's Runaway Prisoner were everyday talks on street corners, in the marketplaces, in refugee camps, and in camps of the displaced when the war was at its peak. Every time bombs blasted in the camps of the displaced, Liberians' hearts went to America. Eyes looked overhead for a sign of America's warplanes to get Charles Taylor out of Liberia, as he was an American fugitive. The tears, blood, and frustration of the children of Liberia and Sierra Leone can be felt in this book. It embodies the emotions and agonies of all of the victims: the babies, the elderly, the blind, the crippled, the babies unborn, and the pregnant women in Sierra Leone and Liberia. It came out of the days when the world body and great nations, destined by God to save humanity, looked on for fourteen years. The future scientists, writers, historians, politicians, lawyers, and technocrats were not given the chance to see daylight, and others were not given the chance to reach adolescence. And the one man, Charles Taylor, America's Runaway Prisoner, whether he is sentenced to life imprisonment or death, is not equal to one Sierra Leonean baby.