An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography

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Penguin, Apr 6, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
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April 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide--Read more about the conflict and the amazing life story of the man who inspired the film Hotel Rwanda in this remarkable account

Readers who were moved and horrified by Hotel Rwanda will respond even more intensely to Paul Rusesabagina’s unforgettable autobiography. As Rwanda was thrown into chaos during the 1994 genocide, Rusesabagina, a hotel manager, turned the luxurious Hotel Milles Collines into a refuge for more than 1,200 Tutsi and moderate Hutu refugees, while fending off their would-be killers with a combination of diplomacy and deception. In An Ordinary Man, he tells the story of his childhood, retraces his accidental path to heroism, revisits the 100 days in which he was the only thing standing between his “guests” and a hideous death, and recounts his subsequent life as a refugee and activist.


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A great insight on the history of Rwanda and its people - Goodreads
... this book is hard to read, but important. - Goodreads
He has great insight. - Goodreads
Profound wisdom and insight from an incredible man. - Goodreads
It gave new insight to the background of the genocide. - Goodreads

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Sometimes there are no words for such horrendous events, but this book goes a way there, puts events into perspective for us, helping us to understand what happened and why. This is one persons story ... Read full review

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An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography is the account of Paul Rusesabagina, the man the film Hotel Rwanda is based on. In this account, Paul looks back on his life, from his simple childhood in a tiny ... Read full review



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About the author (2006)

Paul Rusesabagina was the first Rwandan manager of the Hotel Milles Collines, a European-owned luxury hotel in Rwanda. A recipient of the National Civil Rights Museum’s 2005 Freedom Award, he lives in Brussels, Belgium.

Tom Zoellner has worked as a contributing editor for Men’s Health magazine and as a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle. His book The Heartless Stone: A Journey Through the World of Diamonds and Desire will be published in the summer of 2006.

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