Playing The Enemy: Nelson Mandela And The Game That Made A Nation

Paperback | July 28, 2009

byJohn 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

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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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 togetherAfter 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 wa...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.36 × 5.46 × 0.76 inPublished:July 28, 2009Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143115723

ISBN - 13:9780143115724

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! This book is very inspiring, an covers an important period of history without getting to dry. If you enjoyed the movie Invictus, this book is a great tie-in.
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An inspiring TRUE story I received this book for Xmas and was initially sceptical, thinking it would be overtly political - read: dry. I was very pleasantly surprised with how Carlin weaves a fascinating tale filled with an incredibly varied cast of characters. True, it's political, but it's also fascinating, exasperating, heartbreaking, exciting, shocking and so much more. This book highlights an important time in the evolution of racial equality that people often overlook. Mandela was the lightning rod for change and this amazing book highlights this fact beautifully. Read it, you won't regret it.
Date published: 2010-01-05

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Table of Contents

Playing The EnemyIntroduction

Chapter I: Breakfast in Houghton
Chapter II: The Minister of Justice
Chapter III: Separate Amenities
Chapter IV: Bagging the Croc
Chapter V: Different Planets
Chapter VI: Ayatollah Mandela
Chapter VII: The Tiger King
Chapter VIII: The Mask
Chapter IX: The Bitter-Enders
Chapter X: Romancing the General
Chapter XI: "Address Their Hearts"
Chapter XII: The Captain and the President
Chapter XIII: Springbok Serenade
Chapter XIV: Silvermine
Chapter XV: Doubting Thomases
Chapter XVI: The Number Six Jersey
Chapter XVII: "Nelson! Nelson!"
Chapter XVIII: Blood in the Throat
Chapter XIX: Love Thine Enemy

Epilogue
Where Are They Now?
Acknowledgments
A Note on Sources
Index

A section of photographs follows page 114.

Editorial Reviews

" This wonderful book describes Mandela's methodical, improbable and brilliant campaign to reconcile resentful blacks and fearful whites around a sporting event, a game of rugby."
-The New York Times Book Review

" If you have any doubts about the political genius of Nelson Mandela, read John Carlin's engrossing book . . . [A] feel-good slice of history."
-USA Today