An Ordinary Man: The True Story Behind Hotel Rwanda

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Bloomsbury, 2007 - Genocide - 264 pages
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The life story of Paul Rusesabagina, the man whose heroism inspired the film Hotel Rwanda. As his country was torn apart by violence during the Rwandan genocide of 1994, hotel manager Rusesabagina--the "Oskar Schindler of Africa"--Refused to bow to the madness that surrounded him. Confronting killers with a combination of diplomacy, flattery, and deception, he offered shelter to more than 12,000 members of the Tutsi clan and Hutu moderates, while homicidal mobs raged outside. This book explores what the film could not: the inner life of the man who became the most prominent public face of that terrible conflict. Rusesabagina tells his full story--the son of a rural farmer, the child of a mixed marriage, the career path which led him to become the first Rwandan manager of the Belgian-owned hotel--all of which contributed to his heroic actions in the face of horror.--From publisher description.

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User Review  - LisaMaria_C - LibraryThing

This is the memoir of Paul Ruseabagina, a hotel manager in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. With "a cooler of beer, a leather binder, and a hidden phone" he saved 1,268 people. This is the story of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sullywriter - LibraryThing

An exceptional memoir by a humanitarian hero and eyewitness to the Rwandan genocide in which 800,000 people were slaughtered in 100 days. Rusesabagina, a hotel manager, sheltered over 1,200 people and saved their lives. Nothing ordinary about him. Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Paul Rusesabagina is the former general manager of the Mille Collines Hotel in Kigali, Rwanda. In 1984, Rusesabagina became assistant general manager of the Belgian-owned Mille Collines. In November 1992, he was promoted to general manager of the nearby Diplomat Hotel. After the genocide he sought asylum in Belgium and found work driving a taxicab; he now owns a trucking company in Zambia.....Tom Zoellner, 36, is an award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist. He has been a reporter for the

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