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An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography Paperback – February 27, 2007
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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)
Top Customer Reviews
I bought his book on the spot and have been consumed by it for the past week. I've stayed up late; I began researching genocide and I've been lost in deep thought and prayer for those who were murdered and those who are being murdered by genocide as you read this. I plan on reading it again, more slowly in a few months in order to digest all of his ideas, opinions and suggestions.
History was presented to me in a boring manner in high school, but the movie "Hotel Rwanda" and now this book, have caused me to stop what I am doing and take a good hard look at the whole issue of genocide.
Not only genocide, but I can see how the power elite (high level politicians in our country) try to build a case with rhetoric and faulty arguments to get Americans to unknowingly agree with some ludicrous and dangerous beliefs, such as support for the current war in Iraq and possible aggression toward Iran.
In 1994, I remember listening to radio commentary that suggested that the US stay out of Rwanda's affairs and I agreed because that's the case that was built and that's what I heard on the radio. Now I know differently.Read more ›
- Paul Rusesabagina
According to Paul Rusesabagina, there was nothing extraordinary about his actions during the Rwandan genocides in 1994. "Over and over people kept telling me that what I did at the Milles Collines was heroic, but I never saw it that way, and I still don't. I was providing shelter. I was a hotel manager doing his job. That is the best thing anyone can say about me, and all I ever wanted. And that's really the best I have to give." To this day and despite the overwhelming success of the recent film Hotel Rwanda that brought his heroic deeds international attention, Rusesabagina insists that he was just an ordinary man doing what he thought was right in a time of national crisis.
Although he is right in saying that he should not be treated as superhuman, there is a certain amount of awe and respect with which we must look upon Rusesabagina and those like him, and recognize the immense amount of courage it took for him to do what he did.Read more ›
I can't count the number of times I wished the book were mine so I could underline one of Mr. Ruseabagina's memorable ways of seeing the situation and people in it. In explaining why he maintained contact with an old friend who was among those leading the massacre, for example, Ruseabagina wrote, "People are never completely good or completely evil. And in order to fight evil, you sometimes have to keep evil people in your orbit. Even the worst of them have their soft side, and if you can find and play with that part of them, you can accomplish a great deal of good." The absence of braggadocio in this passage is characteristic of Ruseabagina and the story he tells, something else that is pretty astonishing, given what he did.
Ruseabagina also did a masterful job of explaining the history of Rwanda that led to the genocide. Finally, his description of his childhood home and the beauty of the land is quite poetic and can be sampled via the "Search Inside" feature.
In sum, so well-written, informative and thought-provoking was the book that I bought a copy and am currently re-reading it in order to underline the many things in it that I do not want to forget.
Note: The audio book, which I bought for my mother, is indeed a treat to listen to.
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I've read some of the reviews for other books that seek to discredit Paul as to the incredible work he did during the Rwandan crisis of 1994. Read morePublished 3 months ago by H. Salgado
This book is pure fiction. Author is not who he claims to be.Published 4 months ago by Carrie Armstrong
This book was an eye changer. It talked about what happened during the Rwandan genocide and I hope everyone is blessed with the opportunity to read this book. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Thinh Doan
Its a tragic moment in human history, and we have to thank author for keeping lives of people and to reminding us that mass-killings of WWII can come back. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Roman Timofejev
Excellent account of the genocide in Rwanda. Disturbing to think we are capable of such atrocities. My only criticism of the book is the last 50 pages or so. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Walter R. Mead
The horror! How easily the contract that sews society can unravel and the next day you are hacking your neighbors to pieces or being hacked by your neighbors. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Art Hansen