An Ordinary Man

An Autobiography

By Paul Rusesabagina; Tom Zoellner
Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143038603, 207pp.

Publication Date: March 2007

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April 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide--Read more about the conflict and the amazing life story of the man who inspired the film "Hotel Rwanda"in this remarkable account

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
Tom Zoellner is an award-winning magazine and newspaper journalist. He is a contributing editor for "Men's Health" magazine and has worked as a Metro reporter at the "San Francisco Chronicle", "The Salt Lake Tribune" and "The Arizona Republic". He was the 2002 recipient of the Knight Fellowship in Specialized Reporting. He lives in New York City.

Praise For An Ordinary Man

Rusesabagina . . . weaves his countrys history with his personal history into a rich narrative that attempts to explain the unexplainable. . . . The books emotional power comes from his understatement and humility. (The Boston Globe)

An extraordinary cautionary tale. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Rusesabaginas story of survival amid manic slaughter is as awful as it is gripping. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Read this book. It will humble and inspire you. (Sunday Telegraph, London)

Extraordinaryhorrific and tragic, but also inspiring, because Rusesabagina refuses to give up his belief in the basic decency of humanity. (The Times, London)

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