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An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography

By Paul Rusesabagina

Publisher: Penguin Group (USA), April 2006
ISBN: 0670037524
MY HERO recommends this book to adult readers.
From the Publisher
The remarkable life story of the man who inspired the film Hotel Rwanda.

Readers who were moved and horrified by Hotel Rwanda will respond even more intensely to Paul Rusesabagina's unforgettable autobiography. As Rwanda was thrown into chaos during the 1994 genocide, Rusesabagina, a hotel manager, turned the luxurious Hotel Milles Collines into a refuge for more than 1,200 Tutsi and moderate Hutu refugees, while fending off their would-be killers with a combination of diplomacy and deception. In An Ordinary Man, he tells the story of his childhood, retraces his accidental path to heroism, revisits the 100 days in which he was the only thing standing between his "guests” and a hideous death, and recounts his subsequent life as a refugee and activist.

About the Author:
Paul Rusesabagina is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Civil Rights Museum's 2005 Freedom Award.

User Reviews:
nikki | 2/6/2008 1:27 PM
this is an amazing book that helps you realize exactly what happened during the genocide. Because Paul was there and experienced everything that he begin to imagine what life was like at the time and you, for the most part, appreciate what our world is like today.

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