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Rwanda, Inc.:

How a Devastated Nation Became an Economic Modelfor the Developing World

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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, November 2012

Eighteen years after the genocide that made Rwanda international news, yet left it all but abandoned by the West, the country has achieved a miraculous turnaround. Rising out of the complete devastation of a failed state, Rwanda has emerged on the world stage yet again—this time with a unique model for governance and economic development under the leadership of its strong and decisive president, Paul Kagame.

Here, Patricia Crisafulli and Andrea Redmond look at Kagame’s leadership, his drive for excellence and execution that draws comparisons to American CEOs and emphasizes the development of a sophisticated and competitive workforce that leverages human capital. In Rwanda, the ultimate turnaround, strong and effective leadership has made a measurable and meaningful difference. Rwanda’s progress offers an example for other developing nations to lift themselves out of poverty without heavy reliance on foreign aid through decentralization, accountability, self-determination, and self-sufficiency. The authors also explore Rwanda’s journey toward its goal of becoming a middle-income nation with a technology-based economy and its progress in encouraging private sector development and fostering entrepreneurship while also making gains in education, health care, and food security—and all with a strong underpinning of reconciliation and unification. As so many nations stand on the brink of political and economic revolution, this is a timely and fascinating look at the implications of Rwanda’s success for the rest of the continent—and the world.

Editorial Reviews

“In Rwanda, Inc., Crisafulli and Redmond recount the rise of an unyielding people and their chief executive, President Paul Kagame. The Rwandans, rallying around their national pride, have built predictable systems that reward enterprise and hard work and created an exceptional blueprint for other developing countries.”

Bill Clinton

“Crisafulli and Redmond investigate the Rwandan renaissance, focusing on ‘Rwanda’s CEO,’ Paul Kagame…A fascinating portrait of a nation and a president at a pivotal moment in history.”

Publishers Weekly

“An instructive snapshot of Rwanda today.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Rwanda is the most amazing story in Africa—the fastest rate of poverty reduction ever achieved on the continent, despite huge handicaps of history and geography. Yet until now, these achievements have largely been missed by the outside world. This book will awaken you to Africa’s most extraordinary phoenix.”

Paul Collier, author of The Bottom Billion

“Andrea Redmond and Patricia Crisafulli are known for their ability to connect with people, examine leadership skills, and teach us through their compelling observations and insights. As advocates for the future of Rwanda, they are now telling a story that we can all benefit from hearing.”

Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase

Rwanda, Inc. documents this beautiful country’s ongoing transformation through the lens of leadership, capturing the resilience of the human spirit and the potential for any country—or company—to chart an ambitious new course with ingenuity, collaboration, pragmatism, and passion.”

Howard Schultz, chairman, president, and CEO, Starbucks

“In the twenty-first century, finding ways to transform poor countries may mean the difference between war and peace. Any country that can provide a model for how to make poor societies prosperous will contribute decisively to global stability. This book suggests Rwanda may be building that model. Rwanda, Inc. is the story of the most exciting development project underway in the world today.”

Stephen Kinzer, author of A Thousand Hills

“Paul Kagame is one of my heroes and I believe should be recognized as a ‘Hero of the World.’ He has led Rwanda out of the most hellish nightmare one can imagine, into the daylight of national reconciliation and the formation of a democracy. This is a story that can become a model for the entire African continent.”

James Sinegal, cofounder and director, Costco

“Rwanda has achieved a remarkable turnaround, from the poster child of despair to symbol of progress, in less than twenty years. The unique leadership attributes of Rwandan President Kagame and his drive for broad-based economic growth continue to move the country forward. Rwanda today is inclusive, focuses on reconciliation, empowers women, decentralizes government, and involves the community in rebuilding—for the benefit of all. This is why Marriott wants to do business in Rwanda. Here, Crisafulli and Redmond tell this turnaround story brilliantly.”

Arne M. Sorenson, president and CEO, Marriott International, Inc.

“In Rwanda, Inc., Patricia Crisafulli and Andrea Redmond outline how President Kagame rebuilt the Rwandan nation in a manner that encouraged business collaboration and projects like Path to Peace at Macy’s. In the process, what was a tragedy has become a story of inspiration and hope, with all of the women of Rwanda working side by side.”

Terry J. Lundgren, chairman, president, and CEO, Macy’s, Inc.

Author Biography

Patricia Crisafulli is the author of several books, including the New York Times bestseller The House of Dimon, a leadership profile of JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon. A former business journalist for the Chicago bureau of Reuters America, Crisafulli’s articles have appeared in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, and other national newspapers. She has been featured on national television and in radio broadcasts, as well as in several magazines and newspapers.

Reader Biography

Hillary Huber, a Los Angeles–based voice talent with hundreds of commercials and promos under her belt, was bitten by the audiobook bug in 2005. She now records books on a regular basis and has been nominated for several Audie Awards. Her recordings for Blackstone include Skinny Bastard, The Art of Social War, and The Cheater.

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