Playing the Enemy

Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation

John Carlin
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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.

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.

Author bio:

John Carlin grew up in Argentina and the UK and spent 1989-95 in South Africa as the Independent's correspondent there. He has also lived in Nicaragua, Mexico and Washington, writing for The Times, the Observer, the Sunday Times, and the New York Times, among other papers, and working for the BBC. He now lives in Barcelona, where he writes for El Pais.

Category: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9781848876590
Edition No: 2
Publisher: Atlantic
Imprint: Atlantic PBS
Pub Date: April 2010
Page Extent: 288
Format: Paperback - B format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Biography: general

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