Thursday, March 1, 2012

Book # 8 - An Ordinary Man

An Ordinary Man
Paul Rusesabagina
7 CD Audiorecording, finished 2/2/2012

Moving autobiography of the man who inspired the film "Hotel Rwanda." He had no weapons, except for his courage and his words. Armed with them, he sheltered the people who came to his hotel, the world-class Hotel de Mille Collines. He saved the lives of 1,268 people, whether they were Tutsi or Hutu. People have called him a hero, but he insisted that he was just a hotel manager doing his job. 800,000 other Rwandans were not as lucky in the fastest genocide in the world, one hundred days of massacre.

The author grounded this book in the history of Rwanda, telling the stories of years of antagonism between the Hutus and the Tutsis. He imparted wisdom from the elders, "If you do not talk to your father, you will never know what your grandfather said."

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