A Thousand Hills

Author(s): Stephen Kinzer

Biography / Memoir

The bestselling author of All the Shah's Men profiles one of the most successful revolutionaries of the modern era, telling the dramatic story of how he seized power in Rwanda and led this shattered country's astonishing recovery.

Paul Kagame grew up as a wretched refugee. He and a group of comrades, determined to force their way back home after a generation of exile, designed one of the most audacious covert operations in the history of clandestine war. Then, after taking power, they amazed the world by stabilizing and reviving their devastated country. Now, as President Kagame, he's obsessed with a single outlandish dream: to make Rwanda the first middle-income country in Africa, and to do it in the space of a single generation.

A Thousand Hills tells Kagame's tumultuous life story, including his early fascination with Che Guevara and James Bond, his years as an intelligence agent, his training in Cuba and the United States, the dazzlingly original way he built his secret rebel army, his bloody rebellion, and his outsized ambitions for Rwanda.It is the adventure-filled tale of a visionary who won a war, stopped a genocide, and then set out to turn his country into the star of Africa.


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"...tells a remarkable tale about a remarkable man." The Economist Saturday 23 August 2008 "Stephen Kinzer recreates the battles between the RPF and the Rwandan government forces in vivid detail."The National Thursday 10 July 2008


Acknowledgments.Introduction.1. You Can't Just Pretend Nothing Happened.2. Elegant Golden-Red Beauties.3. That's Why I Survived.4. A Glass of Milk.5. Devastation.6. Creatures from Another World.7. We Just Didn't Get It.8. This Is a Coup.9. Madam, They're Killing My People.10. What a Farce.11. Something Really Fills Up in Your Mind.12. Rwanda Doesn't Matter.13. The Tricky Part.14. When You're Not Serious, You Can't Be Correct.15. Breathless with Fear.16. Famous for Just One Thing.17. The Web Grows Big.18. We Aspire to Be Like Others.Notes.Bibliography.Index.

General Fields

  • : 9780470120156
  • : Little Simon
  • : May 2008
  • : 243mm X 165mm X 33mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 967.571043092
  • : 400
  • : Illustrations, map
  • : Stephen Kinzer
  • : Hardback