P. RUSESABAGINA & T. ZOELLNER    Book Number: 84918    Product format: Paperback

A cautionary tale of survival, here is the remarkable life story of the man who inspired the film Hotel Rwanda. As the country descended into chaos during the 1994 genocide, hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina refused to succumb to the madness that surrounded him and instead turned the luxurious Hotel Milles Collines into a haven for 1,268 Tutsi and moderate Hutu refugees. He fended off their would-be killers with a combination of diplomacy and deception. He tells his story of his rural upbringing in Rwanda, his career path in the hotel business, his extraordinary experiences during the genocide, and his life as a refugee and activist after it ended. He weaves his country's history with his personal history with an emotional power that comes from his understatement and humility. 'I still don't understand why those men in the militias didn't just put a bullet in my head and execute every last person in the rooms upstairs but they didn't. None of the refugees in my hotel were killed. Nobody was beaten. Nobody was taken away and made to disappear. People were being hacked to death with machetes all over Rwanda, but that five-story building became a refuge for anyone who could make it to our doors.' Most of the Tutsis hidden in the hotel were descendants of what had once been the ruling class and the people who wanted to kill them were traditionally farmers, shorter and stockier with wider noses. Paul himself was the son of a Hutu famer and his Tutsi wife and himself had a mixed-race child. Approximately 800,000 Rwandans were slaughtered, a number that cannot be grasped with the rational mind. 207 page Penguin paperback, remainder mark.
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ISBN 9780143038603
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