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Playing the Enemy, Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation
by John Carlin
- 274 PAGES
Carlin shows how Mandala helped the national rugby team host the 1995 Rugby World Cup and used their victory to unite a badly divided country -- part of a remarkable ten-year effort, during which the leader worked with proponents of apartheid from his jail cell and won the presidency. 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.