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An Ordinary Man: The True Story Behind Hotel Rwanda

An Ordinary Man: The True Story Behind Hotel Rwanda

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By (author) Paul Rusesabagina

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  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 19mm | 190g
  • Publication date: 2 April 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 074758558X
  • ISBN 13: 9780747585589
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: maps
  • Sales rank: 60,484

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'I still don't understand why those men in the militias didn't just put a bullet in my head and execute every last person in the rooms upstairs but they didn't. I survived to tell the story, along with those I sheltered. There was nothing particularly heroic about it...' Paul Rusesabagina was an ordinary man - a quiet manager of a luxury hotel in Rwanda. But on 6 April 1994 mobs with machetes turned into cold-blooded murderers, and commenced a slaughter of 800,000 civilians in just 100 days. Rusesabagina, with incredible courage, saved the lives of 1,200 people. In this powerfully moving autobiography Rusesabagina tells his story and explores the complexity of Rwanda's history and the insanity that turned neighbours and friends into killers.

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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 San Francisco Chronicle, The Arizona Republic and the Savannah Morning News. He lives in New York.

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'Read this book. It will humble and inspire you' Mark Doyle, Daily Mail 'Part memoir, part polemic, part social history, An Ordinary Man is a deeply impressive work that pays fitting tribute to the 800,000 who lost their lives' Scotland on Sunday 'He recounts the ordeal with a narrative tension worthy of a superior thriller, and the passages on the build-up to the genocide are particularly compelling ... it is quite as harrowing as you'd expect' Observer 'A fascinating book ... by an ordinary man, about ordinary people, the kind of daring it takes to survive, and most of all the courage it takes to endure' Sunday Telegraph