An Ordinary Man

An Ordinary Man The riveting life story of Rusesabagina the man whose heroism inspired the film Hotel Rwanda is sure to become a classic of tolerance literature An Ordinary Man explores what the film could not the in

  • Title: An Ordinary Man
  • Author: Paul Rusesabagina Tom Zoellner
  • ISBN: 9780670037520
  • Page: 114
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The riveting life story of Rusesabagina the man whose heroism inspired the film Hotel Rwanda is sure to become a classic of tolerance literature An Ordinary Man explores what the film could not the inner life of the man who became one of the most prominent public faces of that terrible conflict 8 page photo insert.
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    • Saleh MoonWalker says:

      Onvan : An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography - Nevisande : Paul Rusesabagina - ISBN : 143038605 - ISBN13 : 9780143038603 - Dar 224 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2006

    • Lindsey says:

      Be careful with this story. Paul Rusesabagina is an incredibly controversial and unpopular character in Rwanda on all sides of the conflict, and not just because he's spoken out against Paul Kagame. Many Rwandese (including victims of the genocide) feel as if he exaggerated his tale in order to paint himself in the best light. For example, the idea that he was able to save lives by bribing the Interahamwe with the contents of a liquor cabinet is ludicrous. Many people believe that he was able to [...]

    • Libby says:

      Paul Rusesabagina became known as the man who hid "1,268 people" (pg. iv) inside the Hotel Mille Collines, in Rwanda's capital city of Kigali, in 1994. The refugees who stayed at Hotel Milles Collines were kept safe because Paul saved up gestures of goodwill as favors combined with the use of what appeared to be protection, luxury, friendly-natured relationships with Hutu leaders to stave off slaughters and other abuses from occurring at the hotel. Outside, "…800,000 people were butchered by t [...]

    • Becky says:

      I was only 12 years old when the genocide in Rwanda took place. I heard about it on the news my dad watched every night, but admittedly I was not exactly politically observant back then, and the news was nothing more than background noise to me, so I knew next to nothing when I saw "Hotel Rwanda". The movie was eye-opening, to say the least, and I was incredibly moved by it. But I hadn't known that Paul Rusesabagina had written a book until very recently when I happened to stumble on it here on [...]

    • David P says:

      The book's title is a wry understatement: it is an autobiography of Paul Rusesabagina, the hotel manager whose courage, resourcefulness, shrewd tact and personal presence saved more than 1000 lives when a spasm of genocide swept Rwanda in 1994. It is the story of his entire life, from village childhood in the "country of a thousand hills" in central Africa, to reluctant exile after the genocide. If you have seen the film "Hotel Rwanda," you already know about him. But where a movie, even a power [...]

    • Joanna says:

      First, listening to this book on audio was extremely powerful. So much so that I actually had to stop the CD, stop the car, then turn it back on to listen to because it was so moving and was making it hard for me to concentrate on driving. The author manages to use direct language to tell his amazing story of being the manager of a hotel in Rwanda during the genocide. He managed to turn the hotel into a refugee base and, amazingly, held off the militia and other killers for 76 days, saving the l [...]

    • Margie says:

      It's hard to review a true story about something terrible. An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography, though, isn't a book about the Rwandan massacre; it's a book about Paul Rusesabagina's experience of it. His voice, his personality, his clear-sightedness all come through brilliantly in this co-written autobiography.What struck me most about this book was how apt the title is. Under extraordinary circumstances, this ordinary man did the extraordinary. He managed to keep more than 1200 people safe while [...]

    • Natalie Richards says:

      I have read about the controversy that surrounds Paul Rusesabagina; how he has allegedly embellished his role in the saving of over 1,200 lives during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide and incites further hate when giving talks about his experiences during that timebut I am glad that I read this book. I remember watching the news in horror all those years ago and reading this book brought back those awful memories. If this book is a true account of what happened during those 100 days 1994, then he is in [...]

    • Lisa (Harmonybites) says:

      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 how he used those tools to schmooze and persuade and bribe and conjole to keep the killers from murdering those under his protection. He dealt with some odious people, but as he put it in his concluding chapter, "[e]xcept in extreme circumstances it very rarely pays to show hostility to the people in [...]

    • Judith says:

      The title was, to me, offputting initially. It seemed like false modesty. "Oh, but I'm just an ordinary man". But I changed my mind after listening. Rusesabagina saved over a twelve hundred people from death during the short massacre in Rwanda in 1994. He calculated that he saved a matter of a few hours' worth of deaths, based on the rate of killing in those few months, a rate unsurpassed by any other genocide in recorded history. How did he do it? And why? He gives us quite a clue when he tells [...]

    • Elizabeth Nixon says:

      I can't claim I know everything about this, or what happened during the genocide, but since I left for Rwanda in January, I've been hearing an entirely different story. This article summarizes what I've been hearing on the matter.n, not my expertise, but Rusesabagina is not a hero in Rwanda, and I think there's a good reason. theguardian/commentisf

    • Bobcesca says:

      Paul Rusesabagina has been hailed, outside of Rwanda, as a hero. However, having spoken to Rwandans his story is full of inaccuracies and takes credit for other people's sacrifices. There are so many stories of selfless people during the genocide who did whatever they could to help their countrymen, this is not one of them.

    • Anna says:

      This book was amazing, but not a pleasure to read most of the time. This covers some really difficult ground. I don't know if I agree with all the authors conclusions and ideas but I loved that despite all that had happened he concludes with hope.Popsugar challenge 2017: a book set in a hotel.

    • Eustacia Tan says:

      Ok, some of you may have watched the movie Hotel Rwanda. I did, and I cried bucketloads. If you haven't, then you should. Anyway, An Ordinary Man is the autobiography of the man whom the movie is based on. Paul Rusesabagina was the hotel manager of the Hôtel des Mille Collines during the Rwanda Genocide who saved 1268 Tutsi and moderate Hutu people.Or as he put it, 4 hours worth of lives out of a hundred days.In his autobiography, Mr. Rusesabagina talks about how the genocide started, and what [...]

    • Clif Hostetler says:

      He may have been an ordinary man before being placed in an extraordinary situation. But he responded with extraordinary actions. He is no longer an ordinary man in my view. He's a living saint if there ever was one.This is a story about the right man with the right abilities at a bad place at a horrible time. It is unlikely that any other person could have accomplished what he did at that time and place. He had the right combination of social intelligence and ability to read the personalities of [...]

    • Histteach24 says:

      Although I've read so many books about Rwanda, I really enjoyed this book because you get a personal perspective from Paul himself. I learned a great deal about the history of the ethnic divide and Rwandan culture that I did not know before. It gave new insight to the background of the genocide. I also felt that Paul's poetic way of using metaphors to explain his thought process made this an easy read that flowed. He is a keen observer of human nature and human spirit. Many people have questione [...]

    • Jocelyn says:

      Paul Rusesabagina may be an ordinary man but he tells an extraordinary story. During the Rwandan genocide, he protected 1,268 people in the luxury hotel he was managing. His assets: a swimming pool full of water; a large supply of alcoholic beverages; a long list of important connections (many of whom owed him personal favors); a secret telephone line that was never cut; training in (and I'm sure a personal talent for) the art of negotiation. The swimming pool was for water rations. The rest was [...]

    • Roger Smitter says:

      Near the end of An Ordinary Man, author Paul Rusesabagina sums up the genocide in Rwanda with a reminder that “the message crept into our national consciousness very slowly. It did not happen all at once. We did not wake up one morning to hear it pouring out of the radio at full strength. It started with a sneering comment, the casual use of the term “cockroach”, the almost humorous suggestion that Tutsis should be airmailed back to Ethiopia.”This theme also turns up in book I read befor [...]

    • Stephanie says:

      A quick read, but not a light one- in fact, after reading this on the train on the way home from work, I had to read something funny because I was so sad. And also angry that for 100 days the rest of the world did nothing to stop it: the US just debated whether or not it was really genocide, and the UN just pulled all of their people out, abandoning thousands to torture and murder. The author is the subject of the film, Hotel Rwanda. His story of his efforts to save his family and as many of his [...]

    • Lynne says:

      Rusesabagina and his co-author, Tim Zoellner, in simple, direct language tell what it is like to be in helle genocide in Rwanda. The book makes it clear that history and fear can come together to unleash evil. The government controlled media play a critical role as well here. They also make the point that no human being is simply evil, that each has a soft side. It is that to which Rusesabagina appealed time and time again to save the people in his hotel. The book begins with a wonderful look at [...]

    • Lotte says:

      An autoboigraphy of Paul Rusesabagina, the man who inspired the movie Hotel Rwanda. I found the movie compelling and memorable and when I saw the book on Kimberlie's list decided I really wanted to read it. Having little knowledge of Rwanda, this book provided me with enough history to understand better the forces at work in Rwanda leading to the genocide of 1994, as well as enough of Paul's personal observations on the culture, geography, and personality of the people that I felt a love for the [...]

    • Chenoa Siegenthaler says:

      This book is a very well-written account of Rusesabagina's experience as a hotel manager during the Rwandan genocide of 1994. He also explores the historical and sociological context for the events. It blew my mind. It's almost unbelievable to me that so many people could be led to do so many horrible deeds; and yet this book explores how this happened in such a way that it's a bit more within my comprehension how such things happen. I think this is a very important thing to be aware of, given t [...]

    • Mike says:

      Paul Rusesabagina is an Oscar Schindler for Africa, for the late 20th century. Less than fifty years after the Nuremburg trials, with endless 'never again' promises ringing in the world's ears, a French-sponsored government killed a million people in a matter of weeks, leaving their corpses where they fell in their lust for another kill. The Clinton administration refused to help, the Mitterand presidency actively supported the killers, the Belgians bulked at the monster they had created and the [...]

    • Navy heart HamlinNBCT says:

      In 2006 I was blessed with the gift of history about a very special man-A man who earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Civil Rights Museum's 2005 Freedom Award- An ordinary man , hired by the Swiss hotel chains to manage a luxury hotel chain, is an understatement. During the years during Rwanda's genocide Janet Reno and our United States government struggled over the term genocide yet broadcasts continued to plead for intervention. News of internal conflict became as relevan [...]

    • Christine Fay says:

      This is the story of a Rwandan hotel manager who used his words to save 1,268 people from being slaughtered by machete during the Rwandan genocide in 1994. The Tutsis were being persecuted by the Hutu tribe for past perceived injustices. People were ordered via radio to “cut down the tall trees” which meant to kill their Tutsi neighbors. Paul is just an ordinary man who did what any man with any sort of political connections would do in order to save as many people as he could. Instead of us [...]

    • Feisty Harriet says:

      Rusesabagina is most familiar as the hotelier who housed 1,200 Tutsi refugees in his Rwandan hotel during the genocide of 1994. Part autobiography of his early life, part war-time history of his country, part the basis of the movie Hotel Rwanda, this book is an interesting and heartbreaking mix. I usually read thru my lunch hour, but had to stop because I couldn't eat after reading about the horrors and brutality of regular people slaughtering their neighbors, their friends, even their own famil [...]

    • Connie says:

      Remember the movie "Hotel Rwanda"? Well, this autobiography is by the hotel manager who managed to protect over 1200 people during that country's 1994 genocide. It pays a tribute to the man's father, a wise elder in his village who taught his son to be fair and honest and to work things out through the use of words when at all possible. How the author kept his cool in the midst of total insanity is admirable. His comments at the end of the book are insightful.

    • Lauren Morris says:

      I could not put this one down! Rusesabagina does an amazing job at re-telling his role during the Rwandan Genocide. His story is vivid and filled with background knowledge on the country of Rwanda and why it is so hard for Rwanda to escape it's history of war and bloodshed. I found myself folding pages and making notes for how I will use this in class. Definitely want to have the students read excerpts from the book when we study this in class.

    • Hannah says:

      This book is probably the most important book I've read this year. While some of the timing confused me, it was overall very well-written. It went into great detail in a very distinct perspective.

    • Cherie says:

      B+ Very interesting and fills out aspects of the movie Hotel Rwanda that aren't dealt with enough; the writing at times is amateurish but still, a good read.

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