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An Ordinary Man by Paul Rusesabagina
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Jul 12, 2011

really liked it
Read in July, 2011

This book details the specific events that occurred around Paul Rusesabagina, the hotel manager for the Mille Collines (otherwise known by pop-culture as "Hotel Rwanda") during the 100 days of genocide in 1994. The Mille Collines became a place of refuge for over a thousand refugees seeking life during the slaughter of hundreds of thousands Tutsi's. Resesabagina eloquently uses his words (which saved the hotel from being a site of massacre) prominently at the beginning of the book and at the end. The start was to give the reader better insight as to the history of the genocide and the events, customs and ancestry that led to such a bloody event. The end was to give better insight as to where Rwanda is now - why things are still not perfect and to illustrate that the country may be going down yet another similar path. The middle of the book is used to describe in detail how a simple hotel manager used his words to save thousands of lives. It was well written, engaging and based on a true story. I commend him for entering in his story to the world of history and doing his part to never letting us - the rest of the world - forget what a terrible wrong was done in 1994.

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