An Ordinary Man

The true story of the man who inspired the film Hotel Rwanda

As Rwanda descended into chaos during the 1994 genocide, hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina refused to succumb to the madness that surrounded him. Instead he turned the luxurious Hotel Des Milles Collines into a haven for more than 1,200 Tutsis and moderate Hutu refugees, while fending off their would-be killers with combination of diplomacy and deception. In An Ordinary Man, Rusesabagina tells the story of his rural upbringing, his career path in the hotel business, his extraordinary experiences during the genocide and his life as a refugee and an activist after it ended. Like Nelson Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom and Elie Wiesel’s Night, An Ordinary Man is the story of one man’s incredible courage and it is a book that will endure for generations to come. By Paul Rusesabagina, with co-author Tom Zoellner.  A New York Times bestseller, in cloth and paperback.

 Praise for An Ordinary Man:

“A fascinating book…by an ordinary man, about ordinary people, the kind of daring it takes to survive, and most of all, the courage it takes to endure.”
The Sunday Telegraph (London)

“The book’s emotional power comes from his understatement and humility.”
The Boston Globe

“Here is a memoir that incontrovertibly matters.”
The Sunday Times (London)

 

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