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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,808 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Rusesabagina Narrator: Dominic Hoffman Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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As his country was being torn apart by violence during the Rwandan genocide of 1994, hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina, the Oskar Schindler of Africa, refused to bow to the madness that surrounded him. Confronting killers with a combination of diplomacy, flattery, and deception, he offered shelter to more than 12,000 members of the Tutsi clan and Hutu moderates, while homicidal mobs raged outside with machetes.

An Ordinary Man explores what the Academy Award-nominated film Hotel Rwanda could not: the inner life of the man who became one of the most prominent public faces of that terrible conflict. 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. He will also bring the listener inside the hotel for those 100 terrible days depicted in the film, relating the anguish of those who watched as their loved ones were hacked to pieces and the betrayal that he felt as a result of the UN's refusal to help at this time of crisis.

Including never-before-reported details of the Rwandan genocide, An Ordinary Man is sure to become a classic of tolerance literature, joining such books as Thomas Keneally's Schindler's List, Nelson Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom, and Elie Wiesel's Night. Paul Rusesabagina's autobiography is the story of one man who did not let fear get the better of him, a man who found within himself a vast reserve of courage and bravery, and showed the world how one ordinary man can become a hero. 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 Michael | 2/9/2014

    " I got exactly what I wanted from this book. I thought the film "Hotel Rwanda" told a great story, but it didn't tell it well. I don't think the film did justice to the story, so I got the book in the hopes that I would be able to get the story in a more appealing way. That is exactly what I got. While Rusesabagina isn't the most literary writer I've read, his account of the horrors of the Rwandan genocide is honest and straightforward. The end offers some poignant ruminations and an examination of evil that carries a lot of weight because of the writer's personal experiences. This book offers an amazing story told by the man who lived it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Heather | 1/27/2014

    " I recommend this book to everyone. It is inspiring, raw and gripping. You learn more than you thought you would about the genocide that took place in Rwanda and about the power of human communication. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jack | 1/26/2014

    " A great memoir of a great man. I got to meet Mr. Rusesabagina at a book signing he had at BYU after he gave a forum here. It was great to hear his experiences during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. A great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Katie | 1/9/2014

    " The end was the best when he discusses more of the nature of humankind liked that part. Really a heart wrenching story said it's not just that, a story. Interesting though to see how big of a role the media played in what had happened "

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