Thousand Hills: Rwanda's Rebirth and the Man Who Dreamed It

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The bestselling author of All the Shah's Men profiles one of the most successful revolutionaries of the modern era, telling the dramatic story of how he seized power in Rwanda and led this shattered country's astonishing recovery

Paul Kagame grew up as a wretched refugee. He and a group of comrades, determined to force their way back home after a generation of exile, designed one of the most audacious covert operations in the history of ...
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Overview


The bestselling author of All the Shah's Men profiles one of the most successful revolutionaries of the modern era, telling the dramatic story of how he seized power in Rwanda and led this shattered country's astonishing recovery

Paul Kagame grew up as a wretched refugee. He and a group of comrades, determined to force their way back home after a generation of exile, designed one of the most audacious covert operations in the history of clandestine war. Then, after taking power, they amazed the world by stabilizing and reviving their devastated country. Now, as President Kagame, he's obsessed with a single outlandish dream: to make Rwanda the first middle-income country in Africa, and to do it in the space of a single generation. A Thousand Hills tells Kagame's tumultuous life story, including his early fascination with Che Guevara and James Bond, his years as an intelligence agent, his training in Cuba and the United States, the dazzlingly original way he built his secret rebel army, his bloody rebellion, and his outsized ambitions for Rwanda. It is the adventure-filled tale of a visionary who won a war, stopped a genocide, and then set out to turn his country into the star of Africa. Like Ishmael Beah's bestselling A Long Way Gone and Greg Mortenson's Three Cups of Tea, this book recounts the thrilling and uplifting tale of a man who defied the odds to lift himself and his country out of misery toward a more promising future.

Stephen Kinzer (Chicago, IL) is an award-winning foreign correspondent who has worked in more than 50 countries on five continents. He has been New York Times bureau chief in Istanbul, Berlin, and Managua, Nicaragua. His other books includethe bestsellers All the Shah's Men (978-0-470-18549-0) and Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq (978-0-8050-8240-1).
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Kinzer (All the Shah's Men) has penned a hagiographic account of Rwandan president Paul Kagame, the Tutsi refugee who organized the Rwandan Military Front in 1994 and helped halt the genocide in Rwanda. Instead of settling scores, Kagame embarked on a program of reconciliation and reconstruction; Kinzer eloquently describes a physical and psychological recovery unmatched in Africa: a Rwanda whose people are "bubbling with a sense of unlimited possibility." Kagame's goal, modeled on the successes of "Asian tigers" like Singapore, aims to transform Rwanda into the continent's first middle-income country in a single generation, eschewing foreign aid in favor of reliance on business-driven development. Kinzer does not conceal the bloody realities behind Kagame's acquisition of power nor does he deny Kagame's "rigorous, absolutist approach to governing." Nevertheless, he is transparently trusting in Kagame's capabilities and intentions, and while his eloquent prose invites optimism, a half-century of experience urges caution. (June)

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During the 1990s, the tiny African country Rwanda descended into a devastating genocidal conflict. It has since not only recovered but flourished. In elegant prose and vivid detail, foreign correspondent Kinzer (All the Shah's Men) reconstructs Rwanda's unique history, focusing on the dramatic story of President Paul Kagame, whom he credits as the architect of Rwanda's rebirth. The reading by J. Paul Boehmer (Moby Dick) is not as robust as one might wish, but he smoothly moves the narrative along. A fascinating title giving a solid introduction to modern African history; recommended.-[Audio clip available through www.tantor.com.-Ed.]
—R. Kent Rasmussen

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"A fascinating account of the near-miracle unfolding before our very eyes.... A very good read." —-Archbishop Desmond Tutu
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470120156
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 6/10/2008
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 502,809
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Stephen Kinzer, an award-winning New York Times correspondent who has reported from more than fifty countries on five continents, is the author of Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq.

Paul Boehmer, who has appeared on Broadway, on television, and in films, narrated an award-winning unabridged recording of Moby Dick.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

1. You Can’t Just Pretend Nothing Happened.

2. Elegant Golden-Red Beauties.

3. That’s Why I Survived.

4. A Glass of Milk.

5. Devastation.

6. Creatures from Another World.

7. We Just Didn’t Get It.

8. This Is a Coup.

9. Madam, They’re Killing My People.

10. What a Farce.

11. Something Really Fills Up in Your Mind.

12. Rwanda Doesn’t Matter.

13. The Tricky Part.

14. When You’re Not Serious, You Can’t Be Correct.

15. Breathless with Fear.

16. Famous for Just One Thing.

17. The Web Grows Big.

18. We Aspire to Be Like Others.

Notes.

Bibliography.

Index.

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