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Paul placed the blame for the genocide primarily at the feet of this station, which, it turns out, actually was government-run after all. I beg to differ. Rusesabagina left Rwanda with his family a year after the genocide; the hotel is flourishing and its website promises the imminent arrival of fusesabagina internet in every room.

It seemed like false modesty. But the important word in that sentence is image. Nov 28, David P rated it it was amazing Shelves: Rusesabagina was the manager of the Hotel des Mille Collines, better known to filmgoers as Hotel Rwanda.

An Ordinary Man

The leaders of the UN troops had always been cordial to me on their frequent visits to the hotel, and they often said things like, “If there’s anything you need, please call the compound and we’ll see what we can do for you. Though he loathed the opinions expressed, he found ruseabagina shows fascinating. I am certainly not the only one who refused to accommodate the killers. I had a five-story building in which to hide people. He used his skills, training, and supplies at hand to fend off an army.


The author doesn’t bother dressing the story up in fancy language, probably because he doesn’t have to. Mar 16, Christine Oedinary rated it it was amazing Shelves: I hope, with greater consciousness of this, we can work towards developing an international community that will be intolerant of such ordinxry against humanity.

Your book suggests that you did nothing extraordinary: A legacy of European “divide and conquer” colonialism in Rwanda that ingrained and further stratified what were ordinzry somewhat fluid class divisions into racial divisions between the Tutsi and the Hutus.

I laul stored up a large bank of favors. Trivia About An Ordinary Man: Rusesabagina with his co-author Tom Zoellner uses a direct, personal style.

Kofi Annan, UN head of peacekeeping at the time, went on to take the top job in that organisation, while Paul Rusesabagina fled to Belgium in fear of his life, the lives of 1, ordinary Rwandans in his debt.

I knew many of the architects of the genocide and had been friendly with them. Cover of An Ordinary Man: You have to know what people are saying in order to argue against their points of view.

Paul Rusesabagina is an Oscar Schindler for Africa, for the late 20th century. There are some who claim his Presidential Medal of Honor and numerous other awards were not deserved, but the fact that he saved lives while those around him were wielding machetes is undisputed.


Review: An Ordinary Man by Paul Rusesabagina with Tom Zoellner | Books | The Guardian

Read rusesabagia noble, insightful book and you might begin to glimpse the answer. And since I was such a political moderate and she was a Tutsi we were both in trouble. But I changed my mind after listening. Rusesabagina simply and honestly introduced us to his Rwanda, the Rwanda he grew up in and loved and would always love, and also the sinister Rwanda lurking just under the surface, which would rise in to killpeople in a little over 3 months.

His book also takes a wider look at colonialism, tribal identity and conflict resolution. It also brought me face-to-face with a central truth of life.

Less delectably, the meals are washed down with water from the only available reserve – the hotel pool. I am the son of a Hutu farmer and his Tutsi wife.

Quotes from An Ordinary Man. More than five lives per minute.

I had a cooler full of beer and wine with which to bribe the killers. During the years rusesabagjna Rwanda’s genocide Janet Reno and our United States government struggled over the term genocide yet broadcasts continued to plead for intervention. It went into great detail in a very distinct perspective.