Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation

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Penguin, Aug 14, 2008 - History - 288 pages
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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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User Review  - olduvai - LibraryThing

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

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This book was the basis for the recent movie Invictus, which I had seen and enjoyed. The book is less rugby-focused than the movie and focuses more on the political challenges Nelson Mandela faced in ... Read full review

Contents

Title Page Copyright Page Dedication Epigraph INTRODUCTION
BREAKFAST IN HOUGHTON
THE MINISTER OF JUSTICE
SEPARATE AMENITIES
BAGGING THE CROC
DIFFERENT PLANETS
AYATOLLAH MANDELA
THE TIGER KING
THE CAPTAIN AND THE PRESIDENT
SPRINGBOK SERENADE
SILVERMINE
DOUBTING THOMASES
THE NUMBER SIX JERSEY
NELSON NELSON
BLOOD IN THE THROAT
LOVE THINE ENEMY

THE MASK
THE BITTERENDERS
ROMANCING THE GENERAL
ADDRESS THEIR HEARTS
EPILOGUE
Acknowledgements A NOTE ON SOURCES
INDEX
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John Carlin is senior international writer for El País, the world’sleading Spanish language newspaper, and was previously the U.S.bureau chief for The Independent on Sunday. His writing has appeared inThe New York Times, The New Republic, Wired, Spin, and Conde NastTraveler.

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