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An Ordinary Man | [Paul Rusesabagina, Tom Zoellner]

An Ordinary Man

During the Rwandan genocide, hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina confronted killers with a combination of diplomacy, flattery, and deception. This allowed him to shelter more than 1,200 people in the Hotel Des Milles Collines while homicidal mobs raged outside.
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Hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina confronted killers with a combination of diplomacy, flattery, and deception. This allowed him to shelter more than 1,200 people in the Hotel Des Milles Collines while homicidal mobs raged outside during the Rwandan genocide.

This autobiography looks at what happened inside the hotel during those 100 days, relating the anguish of those who saw loved ones brutally massacred and their survival on airline meals and water from the swimming pool. Rusesabagina also explores the racial complexity within his own life (he is a Hutu married to a Tutsi) and his complete estrangement from the madness that surrounded him during the genocide.

©2006 Paul Rusesabagina; (P)2007 Isis Publishing

What the Critics Say

"A fascinating book." (Telegraph)
"He recounts the ordeal with a narrative tension worthy of a superior thriller." (Observer)
"The story is extraordinary: horrific and tragic, but also inspiring because Rusesabagina refuses to give up his belief in the basic decency of humanity." (The Times)

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  • Wendy
    Chertsey, United Kingdom
    6/23/11
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    "No ordinary story"

    There are lots of ways to find out what happened during Rwanda's most terrifying 100 days. This book is one of the best for understanding the inherent, natural human instinct of Rwandans, killers and victims alike.
    Paul Rusesabagina does not see himself as a hero - nor do any of the thousands of other Rwandans who sheltered their fellows from slaughter during the 1994 genocide. It's just what you do. And therein lies the true story of this bloody chapter in our shared world history.

    Through Pauls' eyes you will see yourself. We all possess the twin elements of killer and saviour, and in his fascinating exploration of how keeping your enemies closer can keep you alive another day, I came to understand the true nature of forgiveness and survival.

    His account of the sanctuary the Hotel Milles Collines became for more than 1200 potential victims, none of whom died during that time, is harrowing, beautiful, funny, hopeful and so easy to take into your heart and mind that you will find it hard to stop listening until the last words have been spoken.

    He makes all of us heroes and one cannot help but feel that anything is possible if we remember our humanity, no matter what.

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