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Laconically he comments “I rusrsabagina lost four of my eight siblings. We never accomplish anything when we shut out our adversaries. This book was amazing, but not a pleasure to read most of the time. Rusesabagina does an amazing job at re-telling his role during the Rwandan Genocide. But gradually it used its power to reach people to spread a message of hatred against the Tutsis.

He managed to keep more than people safe while It’s hard to review a true story about something terrible. I can’t claim I know everything about this, or what happened during the genocide, but since I left for Rwanda in January, I’ve been hearing an entirely different story.

An Ordinary Man Reader’s Guide

Machetes can also chop mangos for hungry people. There is something living deep within us all that welcomes, even relishes, the role of victimhood for ourselves. It was incredibly successful. Another thing that this book explains is that the international community ignored this genocide and allowed it to go on for so long.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I heard about it on the news my dad watched every night, but admittedly I was not exactly politically rusesabagija back then, and the news was nothing more than background noise to me, so I knew next to nothing when I saw rusfsabagina Rwanda”. There is also a strange fascination with rhetoric that grows more and more ludicrous. This is a book everyone should read.


The true resting state of human affairs is not rusesaabgina by a man hacking his neighbor into pieces with a machete. An Autobiography by Paul Rusesabagina. In I was blessed odinary the gift of history about a very special man-A man who earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Civil Rights Museum’s Freedom Award- An ordinary manhired by the Swiss hotel chains to manage a luxury hotel chain, is an understatement.

It is unlikely that any other person could have accomplished what he did at that time and place. I just know that Rusesabagina’s is a heroic and brave story that inspires me. His memoir goes further, charting his extraordinary career amn never-before-reported details of Rwanda’s days of horror — and the betrayal he still feels toward the U.

I had no idea what that must have sounded like. Why aren’t more people like Paul?

His comments at the end of the book are insightful. It will take much love and effort to ensure they have a sense of meaning and purpose.

An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography – Paul Rusesabagina, Tom Zoellner – Google Books

I knew many of the architects of the genocide and had been friendly with them. I also thought this was a raw and realistic look at the effects of imperialism, the lack of compassion and greed of world powers, and the U. 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.


The Clinton administration refused to help, the Mitterand presidency actively supported the killers, the Belgians bulked at the monster they had created ordinwry the UN waited until the rebel army had arrived before sheltering the murderers, having withdrawn the troops sent in to keep the peace.

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.

Improvised shelter

Paul Rusesabagina saved the lives of 1, people by giving them sanctuary in the luxury hotel where he was manager, while keeping murderous ordinqry at bay, relying on a phone and his extensive contacts book to call in favours. Recommended to Lisa Harmonybites by: Many accepted their fate without a peep of protest.

I won’t go into the details of how Rusesabagina managed to do what he did – if you want to know, read the book. Rusesabagina’s story is one we should not have had to read again, but is one that everyone should have to read now.

I think that is very true. Rusesabagina’s nightmare seems over: According to him, the division between the Hutu and the Tutsis were imposed by the colonial powers as a divide and conquer rule.

Your book suggests that you did nothing extraordinary: