The man made famous by Hotel Rwanda offers a compelling and horrifying account of the genocide in An Ordinary Man, says Simon. 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. Paul Rusesabagina was an ordinary man – a quiet manager of a luxury hotel in Rwanda. But on 6 April mobs with machetes turned into cold-blooded.

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My preexisting friendship with General Augustin Bizimungu in particular helped save the Mille Collines from being raided many times over.

Simply put, it was white conquerers, particularly Belgian, who set the hutus against the tutsis by defining the different groups prejudicially: It is a small country with limited area and resources, far from stable Europe and from an indifferent US.

His story of his efforts to save his family and as many of his fellow Rwandans as possible during the genocide of is heartbreaking, and inspiring. With “a cooler of beer, a leather binder, and a hidden phone” he saved 1, people. Even the vaguest rumor of rescue had been fatal to those on the wrong side of the racial divide.

Paul placed the blame for the genocide primarily at the feet of this station, which, it turns out, actually was government-run after all.

Rusesabagina saved over a twelve hundred people from death during the short massacre in Rwanda in Rusesabagnia struck me most about this book was how apt the title is.

An Ordinary Man

His comments at the end of the book are insightful. Under extraordinary circumstances, this ordinary man did the extraordinary. I have very mixed feelings. How do you think it can be counteracted? We have to take advantage of every opportunity put before us.

The history of a reluctant hero

Want to Read saving…. I don’t know how true his story is, but there is a bibliography at the end with other books on the subject, which has given me a place to start, if I decide to read more, specifically “Leave None To Tell The Story: However, having spoken to Rwandans his story is full of inaccuracies and takes credit for other people’s sacrifices.


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. In Aprilwhen a wave of mass murder broke out in my country, I was able to hide 1, people inside the hotel where I worked.

“An Ordinary Man : An Autobiography” by Paul Rusesabagina and Tom Zoellner

Eight hundred thousand lives snuffed out in one hundred days. In his autobiography, Mr. May 29, Lauren Morris rated it it was amazing. In the middle s, the writings of explorer John Hanning Speke presented it as a fact of life, and the rest of the world accepted it without question–tall, elite Tutsis who had arrived from the east and tended animals, and squat Hutu peasant farmers from west Africa, a lower class in society.

This divide is mostly artificial, a leftover from history, but people take it very seriously, and the two groups have been living uneasily alongside each other for more than five hundred years. But it has happened in every other culture that has fallen prey to genocidal madness. A better author could have wrung every tear and every heartache out of these pages, and Rusesabagina did not do that. They had clustered in one spot and made it easy for their executioners to find them.

Many accepted their fate without a peep of protest. How can genocide occur when there are so many more bystanders and victims than aggressors?

For example, the idea that he was able to save lives by bribing the Interahamwe with the contents of a liquor cabinet is ludicrous. And the way they died It went on like this for seventy-six days. There were a few things in my favor, but they do not explain everything. Angry talk shows on the radio stoked long-held resentments against the Tutsi minority.

The forces which led to genocide built up over many years. The book is Paul Rusesabagina’s memoir of his life. Each one of those lives was like a little world in itself. Tom Zoellner Goodreads Author. In the process of doing this he had to bargain with obviously evil mab who he didn’t like or respect.


I regretted not spending more time appreciating the little things in my life that could have brought me such happiness: In all, aboutpeople died within days, more than a tenth of the population. Do you think the leaders of the world have really learned anything since the genocide in ? Rusesabagina had originally trained to be a pastor, but as an industrious young man, he decided there was little opportunity in the clergy and instead found a career in a multinational corporation.

It was not done with gas chambers and bullets, but with clubs and machetes and simple agricultural tools. We can still make a difference in Rwanda.

The author is the subject of the film, Hotel Rwanda. Paul Rusesabagina has been hailed, outside of Rwanda, as a hero. Laconically he comments “I have lost four of my eight siblings. Trivia About An Ordinary Man: Feb 24, Connie rated it really liked it Shelves: Recommended to Lisa Harmonybites by: Tusesabagina, the true state of human affairs is life as it ought to be lived.

An Ordinary Man Excerpt

Here is the manager of the most prestigious hotel of the capital, skilled in catering to the needs of important visitors ordinarry pleasing diverse guests in an orderly and non-obtrusive fashion–and suddenly he is in a battle zone, his hotel turned into an unarmed city of refuge.

The US, still smarting from losses in Somalia, was reluctant to mn involved. Paul Rusesabagina may be an ordinary man but he tells an extraordinary story.

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