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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An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography by Paul Rusesabagina

His father was a leader in his village, and he was not afraid of death. They are trying to restore this gacaca, justice on the grass, where the point is “not punishment but reconciliation. If more people stopped turning a blind eye to hatred and violence and stood up for what they knew in their hearts was truth genocide would not occur and ruthless dictators would lose power. This was not the best written book, and I counted quite a few incongruent details and typos and grammatical errors, but aside from that, this was an incredibly compelling story.

There are some who claim his Presidential Medal of Honor and numerous other awards were not deserved, but the fact that he saved lives while those around him were wielding machetes is undisputed. 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.

What did I have to work with? The life story of Paul Rusesabagina, the man whose heroism inspired the film Hotel Rwanda. Rusesabagina and his co-author, Tim Zoellner, in simple, direct language tell what it is like to be in hell May 04, Cherie rated it liked it Shelves: The World Themes teacher and I created an interdisciplinary unit using imperialism as the link.


Many people have questioned his ability to be able ordinwry keep all of the people alive in his hotel when so often they were close to being killed. A better author could have wrung every tear and every heartache out of these pages, and Rusesabagina did not do that.

He was a banana farmer who never learned how to read, but I think he was one of the wisest men who ever lived.

An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography

It is a small country with limited area and resources, far from stable Europe and from an indifferent US. We never accomplish anything when we shut out our adversaries.

This book is probably the most important book I’ve read this year. I also found his argument compelling. I knew the names of their wives and their children.

Rusesabagina was the manager of the Hotel des Mille Collines, better known to filmgoers as Hotel Rwanda. Talk rusesabaagina the enemy holding a gun on you–if he converses with you, he is less likely to shoot. There is much to be learned from this honest tale, and Rosesabagina and Zoellner express it quite well.

The book was not nearly as emotionally moving bby it could have been. If you want accurate and corroborated books that tell the story of the genocide or its aftermath, there are much better choices.

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This should place a touch of humility upon those of us who say that Christianity has a message of peace and justice. News of internal conflict became as relevant as the German Holocaust and more problematic given the history of Rwanda -The United Nations and the genocide as told by Paul Rusesabagina is riveting and worth reading before analyzing the movie. I had stored up a large bank of favors.


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. That was before the slaughter.

That is a sick aberration. Instead of using his words as weapons of death, he saw that even the most evil man still had some good in him, and he appealed to this part of the enemy in order to save many lives; his words became veritable tools of life. Most were Tutsis, but Hutus trying to stem the hate died too. Rusesabagina left Rwanda with his family a year after the genocide; the hotel is flourishing and its ordiinary promises the imminent arrival of the internet in every room.

The authors fear that they can, and give convincing reasons. You have to know what people are saying in order to argue against their points of view. A lot went into the toxic cocktail. So, with that being said, when I saw that Rusesabagina had written his story bt, I needed to read it. Open Preview See a Problem? What is happening there is exactly what happened in Rwanda, only at a slower pace.