Paul Rusesabagina was an ordinary man - a quiet manager of a luxury hotel in Rwanda. But on 6 April 1994, mobs with machetes turned into cold-blooded murderers, slaughtering 800,000 civilians in just 100 days. Rusesabagina, with incredible courage, saved the lives of 1,200 people. In this powerfully moving autobiography he tells his story and explores the complexity of Rwanda's history and the insanity that turned neighbours and friends into killers.
The man whose heroism inspired the film Hotel Rwanda refused to bow to the madness that surrounded him during the Rwandan genocide of 1994. Confronting killers with a combination of diplomacy, flattery and deception, he offered shelter to more than twelve hundred Tutsis and moderate Hutus while homicidal mobs raged outside. An Ordinary Man explores the inner life of the man who became one of the most prominent public faces of that terrible conflict. The book will bring the reader inside the hotel during those 100 days, relate the anguish of those who saw loved ones hacked to pieces, and describe Rusesabagina’s ambivalence at pouring the Scotch and lighting the cigars of killers in the swimming pool bar, as he was trying to cram as many refugees as possible inside the guest rooms upstairs. It also describes the betrayal that he felt at the UN's refusal to help.
Paperback 207 pages. Published 2007.