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. The man made famous by Hotel Rwanda offers a compelling and horrifying account of the genocide in An Ordinary Man, says Simon. David Smith on An Ordinary Man: The True Story Behind Hotel Rwanda.

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If I wasn’t in public, I probably would have cried. These are everyday skills. All in all, this is a powerful story, simply told. And it’s hard to disagree with his last sentence: The book makes it clear that history and fear can come together to unleash evil.

But there’s no mistaking the contempt he feels for the rusexabagina failure of the United Nations peacekeepers to foresee and avert what pakl an entirely preventable disaster. And from here, it is quite as harrowing as you’d expect.

In an excerpt from ‘An Ordinary Man,’ Paul Rusesabagina describes the economics of luxury hotels in poor African nations. I had control of a luxury hotel, which was one of the few places during the genocide that had the image of being protected by soldiers.

The history of a reluctant hero

An autoboigraphy of Paul Rusesabagina, the man who inspired the movie Hotel Rwanda. Paul Rusesabagina, No ‘Ordinary Man’.

But I can’t imagine saying that to Rusabagina’s face without flinching, Rwandans were slaughtered right in front of the eyes of the world in around three months. But in this case it was not a joke. Paul Ruseabagina’s autobiography of his role during the Rwandan genocide as the manager of the Belgium owned Hotel Milles Collines is a gripping account of humanitarian courage.

This article summarizes what I’ve been hearing on the matter Under the standards of mad extremism at work then I was a prime candidate for a beheading. Rwandan Humanitarian Paul Rusesabagina June 13, He may have been an ordinary man before being placed in an extraordinary situation.


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. Jan 03, Chenoa Siegenthaler rated it it was amazing. Dividing the country helped their rule, but it also sowed new seeds of hatred.

Before the killing started I had shared drinks with most of these men, served them complimentary plates of lobster, lit their cigarettes. No trivia or quizzes yet. Lissi mentioned that in a law class they had recently watched a PBS Frontline special entitled Ghosts of Rwanda, a documentary made in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the genocide.

This was quite a coup for a black man working in a luxury hotel in Rwanda. Confronting killers with a combination of diplomacy, flattery, and deception, he offered shelter to more than twelve thousand members of the Tutsi clan and Hutu moderates, while homicidal mobs raged outside with machetes. But I hadn’t known that Paul Rusesabagina had written a book until very recently when I happened to stumble on it here on I was only 12 years old when the genocide in Rwanda took place.

Yet one of his close friends from childhood, with a Tutsi father and Hutu mother, was defined as Tutsi and was forced to leave school. But he was a moderate and to Hutu extremists as much of ‘a cockroach’ as a Tutsi.

As I have kept saying, the tools of evil can also be converted into tools for good. You have been a hero to many people. Often during the genocide, the Tutsi and moderate Hutu waited silently at roadblocks for their turn to be slaughtered. Read this noble, insightful book and you might begin to glimpse the answer. Jul 28, Bobcesca rated it did not like it Shelves: I fear that they may be susceptible to the same kind of nihilism and poisonous rhetoric that mesmerized so many Rwandans in the spring of I am certainly not the only one who refused to accommodate the killers.


I was not particularly eloquent in these conversations. The international community did little to stop the bloodshed, and it ended only when a Tutsi rebel group defeated the Hutu-backed government.

The international community has not been aggressive enough in making Sudan accountable for the slaughter in its own territory. Or as he put it, 4 hours worth of lives out of a hundred days.

Review: An Ordinary Man by Paul Rusesabagina with Tom Zoellner | Books | The Guardian

pual I remember watching the news in horror all those years ago and reading this book brought back rusesabxgina awful memories. I had a small stack of cash in the safe.

A lot went into the toxic cocktail. Even when the streets were littered with corpses, he patiently continued talking until each killer in front of him turned into just a man, open to making a deal. April 6, 3: He demonstrates a quick mind that gets him and others out of way of madmen. Rusesabagina talks about how the genocide started, and what h Ok, some of you may have watched the movie Hotel Rwanda. Rusesabagina was the manager of the Hotel des Mille Collines, better known to filmgoers as Hotel Rwanda.

Preferential racial policies requiring racial registration and identification and which group was in favor swung back and forth between them depending on who was in power.

He offered the man rusesagagina drink, and then deferred to every statement his guest made. Lesser men may have tried to flee, less resourceful ones may have died–indeed, he himself was reconciled to the thought of never getting out alive. Of the family of his brother-in-law, only two little girls survive, whom he raises with his own children.