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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (226 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen Kinzer Narrator: Paul Boehmer Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2009 ISBN:
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Paul Kagame grew up as a wretched refugee. He and a group of comrades, determined to force their way back home after a generation of exile, designed one of the most audacious covert operations in the history of clandestine war. Then, after taking power, they amazed the world by stabilizing and reviving their devastated country.

Now, as President Kagame, he's obsessed with a single outlandish dream: to make Rwanda the first middle-income country in Africa, and to do it in the space of a single generation.

A Thousand Hills tells Kagame's tumultuous life story, including his early fascination with Che Guevara and James Bond, his years as an intelligence agent, his training in Cuba and the United States, the dazzlingly original way he built his secret rebel army, his bloody rebellion, and his outsized ambitions for Rwanda. It is the adventure-filled tale of a visionary who won a war, stopped a genocide, and then set out to turn his country into the star of Africa. Like Ishmael Beah's best-selling A Long Way Gone and Greg Mortenson's Three Cups of Tea, this book recounts the thrilling and uplifting tale of a man who defied the odds to lift himself and his country out of misery toward a more promising future. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 2/14/2014

    " I couldn't help but compare it to _We Wish to Inform You . . ._ This one didn't conjure up as many emotions, but it was more a political history than an account of the genocide. And half the book was post-genocide. It left me cautiously optimistic, just like many Rwandans. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 2/8/2014

    " I saw Stephen Kinzer talk a couple of times at my school. He was really interesting. I came across his latest book in my school library, and decided to read it. The way that he writes is very easy to understand, and the story kept me interested. I understand that Mr. Kinzer spent many hours with Paul Kagame, the president of Rwanda, and therefore he has a personal opinion of the man. The one thing that made me a bit uncomfortable with this book though, was that I was able to feel the bias towards Kagame throughout the story. There have been some very serious allegations against Mr. Kagame and his regime in Rwanda, and while I would expect him to justify his actions, I didn't really understand why Kinzer kept justifying his actions. When it was obvious that there were no justifications for Kagame's actions, it felt like Kinzer glossed over the situations, or tried to rationalize the behavior. Other than that though, the story is fascinating, and I look forward to the future for Rwandans. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lana | 2/2/2014

    " This book covers history and politics leading up to the genocide, the genocide, and events since as the country tries to recover. If you don't want to read all the political stuff (even though he does make it very readable) at least check it out of the library and read chapter 15, p.253-279 and p.315 -322. It is inspiring to see how people can move forward after such incredible violence and tragedy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jina | 1/23/2014

    " So far, 25 pages in, the prose matches the title for imagination and originality. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 1/23/2014

    " You must read this! Kinzer's writing is interesting, insightful, and honest and about a country most of us know little about. Thinking about Rwanda forces you to think about human nature, imperialism, evil, forgiveness, freedom vs. security- there is so much in this book. While learning about the tragedy of Rwanda is difficult at times, it was important to me to also get into the political nuances that I never thought about or understood before. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Ricketts | 1/18/2014

    " Well-written and informative story of Rwanda's descent into genocide and the rise of its current president, Paul Kagame. Detailed biography of Kagame, along with narratives of other survivors. Hard to read at times, but overall really enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Hansford | 1/11/2014

    " After spending a few weeks in Rwanda, this book was recommended to me and it filled in all of the missing pieces that only history can tell. This is a remarkable book filled with the facts that everyone tried so hard to hide. I highly recommend this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 1/2/2014

    " This book documents an amazing walk through the genocide in Rwanda. For anyone with an interest in Africa it is a must read. It is thought provoking and captivating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ade | 10/16/2013

    " This book is tough, but it's also rewarding to read a book about Rwanda that has some good news in it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 9/29/2013

    " Excellent summary of Rwandan history before and after the 1994 genocide and the personal/political history of Kagame. It was a fast read and raises a lot of interesting questions about reconciliation and development. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 3/19/2012

    " Book club selection. I would love to her Stephen Kinzer speak! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 2/1/2012

    " Haven't been able to finish - it's very intense, difficult for me to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen | 1/2/2012

    " fantastic narrative about the modern history of Rwanda. i usually don't do the non-fiction thing, but i devoured this book in a little over a day. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meghan Vandermale | 12/27/2011

    " About the Rwandan genocide and current Rwandan circumstances from the angle of Paul Kagame. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 12/23/2011

    " The power of fear, anger, and hatred that one person can hold within themself and put into action is horrific. That same power for forgiveness,tolerance, and compassion is awe inspiring. This book explores both the horrors of the past and the awesome stories of recovery in Rwanda. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 9/28/2011

    " This is a great book that gives a concise and accurate history and does a wonderful job of putting that into the context of modern Rwanda. The author is unquestionably pro-Mugabe, but I dare anyone who isn't to read this book and come away not feeling a little bit better about him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lashelle Hill | 9/3/2011

    " I could not put this book down. An excellent book regarding the life of President Kagame. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erik | 8/29/2011

    " Walked a tight line between praise and criticism for Kagame. Generally I agree with his assessments. Highly readable although not high literature. Essentially a good precis and good introduction to where Rwanda is today and how it got here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 8/28/2011

    " Amazing historical book about the lives before and after the 1994 genocide. A must read to understand the scope and timeline of this tragic event in human history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sage | 7/8/2011

    " This was an excellent historical review that gave some explanation to why such a horrible genocide could occur. (Rwanda, 1994) It was clearly written and did not focus too heavily on the gruesome details, although there were enough to give a sense of what happened there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 1/10/2011

    " This is a great book that gives a concise and accurate history and does a wonderful job of putting that into the context of modern Rwanda. The author is unquestionably pro-Mugabe, but I dare anyone who isn't to read this book and come away not feeling a little bit better about him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 12/26/2010

    " The power of fear, anger, and hatred that one person can hold within themself and put into action is horrific. That same power for forgiveness,tolerance, and compassion is awe inspiring. This book explores both the horrors of the past and the awesome stories of recovery in Rwanda. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erik | 11/4/2010

    " Walked a tight line between praise and criticism for Kagame. Generally I agree with his assessments. Highly readable although not high literature. Essentially a good precis and good introduction to where Rwanda is today and how it got here. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meghan | 9/12/2009

    " About the Rwandan genocide and current Rwandan circumstances from the angle of Paul Kagame. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 4/26/2009

    " Excellent summary of Rwandan history before and after the 1994 genocide and the personal/political history of Kagame. It was a fast read and raises a lot of interesting questions about reconciliation and development. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 2/17/2009

    " I couldn't help but compare it to _We Wish to Inform You . . ._ This one didn't conjure up as many emotions, but it was more a political history than an account of the genocide. And half the book was post-genocide. It left me cautiously optimistic, just like many Rwandans. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 12/26/2008

    " This book documents an amazing walk through the genocide in Rwanda. For anyone with an interest in Africa it is a must read. It is thought provoking and captivating. "

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About the Author
Author Stephen Kinzer

Stephen Kinzer is the author of Reset, Overthrow, All the Shah’s Men, and numerous other books. An award-winning foreign correspondent, he served as the New York Times’ bureau chief in Turkey, Germany, and Nicaragua and as the Boston Globe’s Latin America correspondent. He teaches international relations at Boston University and is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books and a columnist for the Guardian. He lives in Boston.

About the Narrator

Paul Boehmer is an American actor best known for his numerous appearances in the Star Trek universe. Paul is a 1992 Masters of Fine Arts graduate of the Professional Theater Training Program at the University of Delaware.