Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation
The inspiration for the film INVICTUS, starring Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman.
Beginning in a jail cell and ending in a rugby tournament- the true story of how the most inspiring charm offensive in history brought South Africa together. After being released from prison and winning South Africa's first free election, Nelson Mandela presided over a country still deeply divided by fifty years of apartheid. His plan was ambitious if not far-fetched: use the national rugby team, the Springboks-long an embodiment of white-supremacist rule-to embody and engage a new South Africa as they prepared to host the 1995 World Cup. The string of wins that followed not only defied the odds, but capped Mandela's miraculous effort to bring South Africans together again in a hard-won, enduring bond.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - DCarlin - LibraryThing
Loved the movie, 'Invictus'. Hope the book is as good. August 20/2010 I began reading a few weeks ago. I am afraid that it is not as appealing as the movie; however, I must add that I am not a fan of ... Read full review
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As I made my way through John Carlin’s Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation, I kept thinking back to the Clint Eastwood-directed, Morgan Freeman- and Matt-Damon starring ... Read full review
BAGGING THE CROC
THE TIGER KING
THE CAPTAIN AND THE PRESIDENT
THE NUMBER SIX JERSEY
BLOOD IN THE THROAT
LOVE THINE ENEMY