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I had no idea what that must have sounded like.

The history of a reluctant hero

While Rusesabagina saved many lives, nobody really knows what happened in the Milles Collines and it is possible he cannot be taken at his word.

I also found his argument compelling. What followed is hard to describe in just a few sentences. He then describes Rwanda’s history. I think that is very true. Indeed, this ought to be required reading in high schools and universities anywhere, teaching a lesson any young citizen needs to absorb when facing the 21st century.

This review was first posted at Inside the mind of a Bibliophile These children are now emerging into adolescence. Sep 01, Lisa Harmonybites rated it really liked it Recommends it for: It hasn’t happened yet, but looking at things like the Rohingya crisis scares me into think that it’s totally possible. Most of all, he explains how he cared for his hotel “guests” while negotiating with army and government officials.

It is without question graphic, but a genocide where the chief weapon was the machete could not described without disturbing images. Rusesabagina simply told his and his country’s story as he understood it.


Perhaps we will not be the best of friends. Rusesabagina’s story was told in the film Hotel Rwanda, but cinemagoers were not shown the importance of his upbringing in a village where disputes were settled over a banana beer, nor the example of Rwandan hospitality rusesabaglna by his father: The Clinton administration refused to help, the Mitterand presidency actively supported the killers, the Belgians bulked at the monster they had created and the UN waited until the rebel army had arrived before sheltering the murderers, having withdrawn the troops sent in to keep the peace.

I had stored up a large bank of favors. Mostly because it could so easily happen today. These are everyday skills. I was only 12 years old when the genocide in Rwanda took place.

Rusesabagina with his co-author Tom Zoellner uses a direct, personal style. So they knew who I was and were willing to listen to my line of reasoning. I was a Hutu because rysesabagina father was Hutu, and this gave me a certain amount of protection against immediate execution. I found the movie compelling and memorable and when I saw the book on Kimberlie’s list decided I really wanted to read it.

Lists with This Book. Rusesabagina’s nightmare seems over: It is very dangerous to go outside.

An Ordinary Man Excerpt

He is not shy about placing blame on the international community. But he chose a better path. LitFlash The eBooks you rusesabagima at the lowest prices. How did he do it? An Autobiographythough, isn’t a book about the Rwandan massacre; it’s a book about Paul Rusesabagina’s experience of it. It was Bik Cornelis, the general manager of the Hotel Mille Collines — my counterpart at Sabena’s other luxury hotel.

Many people believe that he was able to provide safety by carefully choosing who he took in- such as the wealthy Tutsi wives of Hutu commanders.


But rusdsabagina are your own heroes? Please try again later. Along the way the book examines the nature of genocide and what caused it to break out in Rwanda, what different infamous 20th century genocides share, and what could have prevented it.

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. But they russeabagina there as well. Under extraordinary circumstances, this ordinary man did the extraordinary. Jul 10, Rusesabgaina Nixon rated it did not like it. If I was able to save lives, it was only because I had some useful tools at my disposal. As ordinary citizens, brought to extreme hatred by a deliberate prejudicial disinformation campaign, slaughtered their friends and neighbors, leaving bodies piled high by the roadsides, Ruseabagina was able, through wits alone, eusesabagina save the lives of 1, There is much to be learned from this honest tale, and Rosesabagina and Zoellner express it quite well.

At first it was all fun and provided a pleasant contrast to the government-run stations. I wish my country had never had this stream of hatred flowing through it.

It is a small country with limited area and resources, far from stable Europe and from an indifferent US.