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Rwanda, Inc.: How a Devastated Nation Became an Economic Model for the Developing World Hardcover – November 13, 2012

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In Rwanda, Inc., Crisafulli and Redmond recount the rise of an unyielding people and their chief executive, President Paul Kagame. The Rwandans, rallying around their national pride, have built predictable systems that reward enterprise and hard work, and created an exceptional blueprint for other developing countries. (President Bill Clinton)

Crisafulli and Redmond investigate the Rwandan renaissance, focusing on 'Rwanda's CEO,' Paul Kagame…a fascinating portrait of a nation and a president at a pivotal moment in history. (Publishers Weekly)

An instructive snapshot of Rwanda today. (Kirkus Reviews)

Rwanda is the most amazing story in Africa - the fastest rate of poverty reduction ever achieved on the continent, despite huge handicaps of history and geography. Yet until now, these achievements have largely been missed by the outside world. This book will awaken you to Africa's most extraordinary phoenix. (Paul Collier, author of The Bottom Billion)

Andrea Redmond and Patricia Crisafulli are known for their ability to connect with people, examine leadership skills and teach us through their compelling observations and insights. As advocates for the future of Rwanda, they are now telling a story that we can all benefit from hearing. (Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase)

Rwanda Inc. documents this beautiful country's ongoing transformation through the lens of leadership, capturing the resilience of the human spirit and the potential for any country-or company-to chart an ambitious new course with ingenuity, collaboration, pragmatism and passion. (Howard Schultz, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Starbucks)

In the 21st century, finding ways to transform poor countries may mean the difference between war and peace. Any country that can provide a model for how to make poor societies prosperous will contribute decisively to global stability. This book suggests Rwanda may be building that model. Rwanda Inc. is the story of the most exciting development project underway in the world today. (Stephen Kinzer, author of A Thousand Hills)

Paul Kagame is one of my heroes and I believe should be recognized as a 'Hero of the World'. He has led Rwanda out of the most hellish nightmare one can imagine, into the daylight of national reconciliation and the formation of a democracy. This is a story that can become a model for the entire African continent. (James Sinegal, Co-Founder & Director, Costco)

Rwanda has achieved a remarkable turnaround, from the poster child of despair to symbol of progress, in less than 20 years. The unique leadership attributes of Rwandan President Kagame and his drive for broad-based economic growth continue to move the country forward. Rwanda today is inclusive, focuses on reconciliation, empowers women, decentralizes government, and involves the community in rebuilding--for the benefit of all. This is why Marriott wants to do business in Rwanda. Here, Crisafulli and Redmond tell this turnaround story brilliantly. (Arne M. Sorenson, President & Chief Executive Officer, Marriott International, Inc.)

By adopting an approach of 'trade not aid,' our company has developed a sustainable multi-million-dollar business relationship with Rwanda since 2005. Our beautiful, handmade Path to Peace baskets, sold in Macy's stores and on macys.com, help hundreds of widows of the genocide support themselves and their families. In Rwanda, Inc., Patricia Crisafulli and Andrea Redmond outline how President Kagame rebuilt the Rwandan nation in a manner that encouraged business collaboration and projects like Path to Peace at Macy's. In the process, what was a tragedy has become a story of inspiration and hope, with all of the women of Rwanda working side by side. (Terry J. Lundgren, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Macy's, Inc.)

About the Author

Patricia Crisafulli is the author of several books including The House of Dimon and Comebacks, which she co-authored with Andrea Redmond. A former business journalist for the Chicago bureau of Reuters America, Crisafulli's articles have appeared in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, and other national newspapers. Crisafulli has been featured on national television and in radio broadcasts, as well as in several magazines and newspapers. As a ghostwriter, she has worked extensively with thought leaders in business, finance, and leadership on more than 20 book projects.

Andrea Redmond is a well-regarded consultant who works with corporate boards, CEOs, Fortune 500 companies, and private investors. She sits on several boards of directors, including The Allstate Corporation, Children's Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University Hospital, and the Robert H. Lurie Cancer Center.
The authors live in Chicago, Illinois.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (November 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230340229
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230340220
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #910,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By John on June 28, 2013
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The figures of economic are Rwanda's development mask human rights deterioration. The authors never critically explore the question of what the costs of economic development have been and praise a man and party that has strong armed its country to develop over the last two decades. Economic growth, especially when it occurs as rapidly as it has in Rwanda, always has a cost There is no mention of the 'ingando' camps' - RPF indoctrination centres masked as 'unity' camps. University students, ex-combatants, government officials, teachers, returning refugees, and social deviants are mandated to attend these for weeks and even months at a time. This book does not accurately depict the prospects for Rwandans in the villages far from of skyrise Kigali. What about the Rwandan disapora that continues to live in exile? [I am referring to those that left in the 80s to study in Europe and North America.] In their own right, a hotbed for investment; their links have been severed by the Rwandan state through property seizures and the very fact that the french language is being replaced by english making it increasingly difficult for those in exile to navigate Rwandan society and bureaucracy if they return.

I have no problem with presenting Rwanda as an economics 'model' based on policies and statistics. But what this account tries to do is humanise and portray Rwanda's economic development as something of an 'African miracle', with inspiring stories and tales of a phoenix nation rising from the ashes. As french anthropologist has said, the Rwandan genocide has resulted in a flood of new Rwandan 'experts' whose understanding of Rwanda is based on the narrative the RPF has disseminated - a one-dimensional simplistic view of pre-genocide, and pre-colonial Rwanda. Based on this account, many have been misled to think the RPF has legitimate authority and claim in their policies and objectives. Not a chance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By elllieannn on March 5, 2015
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Though it can be an interesting read, I found it greatly, greatly biased. For a newcomer to this topic, this one-sided story telling could lead to a very misinformed opinion on the topic. Whether an author decides to advocate for one narrative or the other is entirely his decision, but to present facts in such a twisted way, without ever once paying attention to the other side of the story, displays a lack of writing and research skills. As an academic, I feel like this book is not worth the time. Would it had been well informed and presented a strong case, I would have at least appreciated the effort and its rigor, but this is outright disappointing. A look at the endorsements on the first few pages says it all.

If you want to learn about the harsh reality of Rwanda's genocidal aftermath, I highly recommend the BBC's 2014 documentary called 'Rwanda's Untold Story' (http://vimeo.com/107867605). There are always multiple sides to the story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CoreyJ on August 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The book had many interesting moments but seemed piecemeal and rushed. The author often gets ahead of herself and manages to make a big-print, relatively short book a bit wonky. Although "interviews" with the president, Paul Kagame, are often mentioned there must be less than a page of this actual quotes from their supposed interaction. With that said, I did learn more here about the economics of Rwanda in 2 days than I could have trying to sift through journals, etc... and feel like what I paid for it ($13) was worth it at the time. It was also hard to view this book objectively since half of the praise on the back cover came from high-profile business persons who make MANY appearances throughout the book itself. Even the prologue was written by the CEO for VISA and sounded more like a long winded info-mercial for the company's ventures in the tropics.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Carruthers on January 14, 2013
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I just finished reading Rwanda Inc. and as in past books by Ms. Crisafulli, I was so impressed by the rich content and quality research. What I hadn't expected was the dual lessons both from a business perspective as well as a personal one. The Rwanda model of do for yourself, remain independent-minded and self-determining, and forge strategic paternships with those who support your vision underscores what has worked for me. Given that I am a CEO who is retiring soon, I found other thoughtful messages at the end of the book about leaving a legacy and having lasting influence. Bravo on a story that needs to be told and for making it such a rich and rewarding read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John on July 21, 2014
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This book is easy to read and takes one through the recent history of Rwanda focusing on the rapid economic and social developments that the country has experienced post-genocide. The book increased my excitement about Rwanda and the improvement in living conditions that many Rwandans have been experiencing. It has consequently increased my desire to visit the country. However, I have given this book only three stars as the writing often sounds like propaganda and contains a lot of opining by the authors. There is certainly a place for opinion, but the book doesn't make a clear distinction between supported assertions and the opinions of the authors.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve on February 14, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This new book give you a brief and updated history of Rwanda, but then describes the Rwanda of today. I read it in just a few days, as it is as exciting as an adventure novel. But, it isn't a novel. It's a picture of what is happening in this vibrant country as it recovers from the devastation of the genocide. It is well-written, fast-paced, and best of all true.
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