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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Jina | 1/23/2014

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

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