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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You almost expect it to be revealed as a joke. And I knew my hotel could become an abattoir just like that school. Maybe that makes me a little callous, but if so, then so be it. Read it Forward Read it first. Conversely, if someone else is the victim, it’s much easier to stand by.

He had learnt about hospitality from his gregarious father, had refined his trade in Switzerland and Belgium the hotel was then owned by the Belgian airline, Sabena and, in time, he became the supreme schmoozer.

I don’t know how true his story is, but there is a bibliography at the end with other books on the subject, which has given me a place to start, if I decide to read more, specifically “Leave None To Tell The Story: Many Rwandese including victims of the genocide feel as if he exaggerated his tale in order to paint himself in the best light.

He also supervised another swanky hotel in Kigali, but it was to the Mille Collines that visiting dignitaries and aid workers came for Western cosseting at a nightly cost exceeding most locals’ annual salary. Rusesabagina left Rwanda with his family a year after the genocide; the hotel is flourishing and its website promises the imminent arrival of the internet in every room. Rusesabagina tells for the first time the full story of his life—growing up as the son of a rural farmer, the child of a mixed marriage, his extraordinary career path which led him to become the first Rwandan manager of the Belgian-owned Hotel Milles Collines—all of which contributed to his heroic actions in the face of such horror.


Ordinary citizens, seemingly peaceful and friendly, suddenly ganged up on their neighbors, hacking them apart with machetes, then looting their homes. I knew many of the architects of the genocide and had been friendly with them.

This is the story of how he used those tools to schmooze and persuade and bribe and conjole to keep the killers from murdering those under his protection.

Paul placed the blame for the genocide primarily at the feet of this station, which, it turns out, actually was government-run after all. Or as he put it, 4 hours worth of lives out of a hundred days.

An Ordinary Man

He managed to keep more than people safe while It’s hard to review a true story about something terrible. A lot went into the toxic cocktail. There is a surprising lack of anger in this story and much about the virtues of compromise.

May 29, Kimberly rated it it was rusesabagkna Shelves: It pays a tribute to the man’s father, a wise elder in his village who taught his son to be fair and honest and to work things out through the use of words when at all possible.

This distinction served the Belgians well but in no way reflected reality. I am the son of a Hutu farmer and his Tutsi wife.

We can still make a difference in Rwanda. What effect did moments like that have on your decisions at the time, and how have they affected your life since the genocide? May 29, Lauren Morris rated it it was amazing. Schmoozing saved not only his life, but also the pau, of his family and more than 1, others. And finally, when the man had calmed down, Rusesabagina suggested a solution that might make all parties happy.

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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. He used charm to disarm. Tutsis and those in the opposition are being killed with knives. Rusesabagina and his co-author, Tim Zoellner, in simple, direct language tell what it pal like to be in hell Rusesabagina is a master at diplomacy and delay, postponing what he fears will be inevitable with a mixture of philosophy, good manners and plain cash handouts.


Having little knowledge of Pwul, this book provided me with enough history to understand better the forces at work in Rwanda leading to the genocide ofas well as enough of Paul’s personal observations on the culture, geography, and personality of the people that I felt a love for the An autoboigraphy of Paul Rusesabagina, the man who inspired the movie Hotel Rwanda.

Paul Rusesabagina saved the lives of 1, people by giving them sanctuary in the luxury hotel where he was manager, while keeping murderous soldiers at bay, relying on a phone and his extensive contacts book to call in favours.

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The authors fear that they can, and give convincing reasons. His actions were not those rusesabaguna a hero, he insists; any decent person would have done the same. My preexisting friendship with General Augustin Bizimungu in particular helped save the Mille Collines from being raided many times over. In the late spring and early summer of it meant the difference between life and death.

Many accepted their fate without a peep of protest. I still had to tune in. Instead of using This is the story of a Rwandan hotel manager who used his words to save 1, people from being slaughtered by machete during the Rwandan genocide in This divide is mostly artificial, a leftover from history, but people take it very seriously, and the two groups have been living uneasily alongside each other for more than five hundred years.