An Ordinary Man

An Ordinary Man

by Paul Rusesabagina, Tom Zoellner
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An Ordinary Man by Paul Rusesabagina, Tom Zoellner

A remarkable account of the amazing life story of the man who inspired the film Hotel Rwanda 

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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101201312
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/06/2006
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 341,191
File size: 736 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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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An Ordinary Man (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
read123NF More than 1 year ago
Paul Rusesabagina depicts the Rwandan Genocide with a gruesome reality. He recounts his experience during the genocide. During this horrid period, Rusesabagina stands out as an extraordinary hero. The situations in this book are absolutely heartbreaking, and you cannot help but to get into the story. The book inspires because Rusesabagina makes incredible decisions under the pressure of his circumstances. This book is filled with proverbs, culture, history, family, disaster, and victory. I would recommend "An Ordinary Man" to anybody eager to learn, and to anybody ready for a true story that's actually a page-turner.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The whole world recognizes the greatness of Nelson Mandela, but few would be able to cite Paul Rusesabagina, even if they saw the movie 'Hotel Rwanda.' The movie is very successful within its limitations, but does not even begin to suggest the reservoirs of wisdom, courage, cleverness, imagination and moral depth possessed by the manager of the Hotel Mille Collines during the Rwandan genocide. In a hotel designed to accommodate 300, he sheltered more than 1200 people targeted for killing and lost not one. The story of his ninety-day battle against the murderers with nothing more than his wits, his humanity, and a stash of the hotel's liquor and cash is more gripping by far than the movie, good as it was. It is indeed rare to read a memoir by anyone who comes across as completely authentic and humble even as he is performing deeds of almost unimaginable heroism. I consider this to be the most gripping and impressive book of nonfiction that I have read in several years.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books. What a harrowing tale. 
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LmillerO More than 1 year ago
WOW! Beautifully done and well articulated, this Book will Open your eyes to a very real time in not so long ago. A Must read,
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This story is amazing and really sheds light on the UN's position as far as the Rwandan genocide goes. Defnitely a page turner and defninitely better than the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW!!! Paul Rusesbagina's life is what makes up a hero. If you look in the dictionary to find courage, it should read: See 'An Ordinary Man' By Paul Rusesbagina.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
Paul Rusesabagina, the inspiration for the Oscar nominated film, Hotel Rwanda, is not an ordinary man but an extraordinary one. He is the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Civil rRghts Museum's 2005 Freedom Award - rightly so. During the 1994 bloodbath in Rwanda that resulted in the slaughter of some 800,000 people, he sheltered over 1,200 in the luxury hotel that he managed. It all began with the shooting down of a plane carrying the Rwandan and Burundian presidents. Utter madness almost immediately ensued. When Rusesabagina turned to U.N. representatives for assistance their response was all but ludicrous. How he managed to endure some 100 days of utter devastation and at the same time save the lives of others is a tale of heroic proportions. Here, in An Ordinary Man we're able to hear his story in his own words for the first time. He is candid about the details of that dreadful 100 days, as well as his personal views of actions that might have been taken by international peacekeepers. Voice performer Dominic Hoffman offers a riveting narrative of an this courageous man's story during this nightmarish time in world history. - Gail Cooke