An Ordinary Man: The True Story behind Hotel Rwanda.

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An Ordinary Man


The True Story behind Hotel Rwanda

By Paul Rusesabagina with Tom Zoellner

[pounds sterling]16.99 Bloomsbury

ISBN 0-7475-8304-8

This book is the autobiography of the man whose natural courage was made famous by the Oscar-nominated Don Cheadle in the film Hotel Rwanda. Confronting killers with a combination of diplomacy, flattery and deception, Paul Rusesabagina managed to shelter more than 1,200 Tutsis and moderate Hutus in the Hotel Des Milles Collines, of which he was manager, while homicidal mobs raged outside with machetes during the Rwandan genocide.

His autobiography will bring the reader inside that hotel during those 100 days, and relate the anguish of those who saw loved ones hacked to pieces.

The book also explores author Rusesabagina's inner...

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