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An Ordinary Man by Paul Rusesabagina
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Apr 25, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: non-fiction, memoir
Read in April, 2011

There are few people who can truly say they have saved a life. Even fewer can claim, without an ounce of fabrication, that they have saved over one thousand. Paul Rusesabagina is one such man, far less ordinary than the title of his memoir would let on. During the Rwandan genocide of 1994, Rusesabagina (then the manager of a luxurious hotel) helped keep the 1,000 plus refugees inside safe, just steps away from a bloody genocide occuring outside the front doors. The memoir is written with the clarity of a first-hand source, but also with the compassion of someone who managed to keep sane during a time when others commmited henious crimes against their very neighbors.

You won't want to put the book down. Not many people know of the genocide, one in which 800,000 people were killed in only 100 days. Rusesabagina tells the story of his life and how, in extreme times, he acted with extreme courage in saving the lives of a thousand people.

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