Invictus

Invictus

Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made A Nation

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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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Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2009.
ISBN: 9780143117155
0143117157
Branch Call Number: 968.065 CARLIN
Characteristics: 274 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 22 cm.

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FederalWayEdna Jun 19, 2015

I knew Mandela was a remarkable and charismatic leader; this book explains how he brought two extremely opposing ideals together by having enough character to focus on the ultimate goal and do anything, anything to attain it with minimal hate and violence. It's about respect for all human kind including those who fear for their security and their place in society (community and global).

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Sue2
Jul 07, 2012

I read this after seeing the movie and it filled in the story, much more historical details than in the movie. I enjoyed it. The sports part is really only the last half of the book.

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Traviata44
Jul 04, 2011

Playing the Enemy by John Carlin documents the strategy of Nelson Mandela to unite South Africa's blacks and whites behind the country's primarily Afrikaan's rugby team, the Springboks. It is a delightful and engrossing read of historical significance and a great deal of local atmosphere.
In close proximity to Afrikaans prison guards for many years, Mandela taught himself their language and made many friendships. Freed from prison and elected President of South Africa he turned this personal experience into an asset as a Springbok fan, cajoling black South Africans to join him. "One team, one nation" became the slogan and the green cap and jersey a powerful message of previously unthinkable attitudinal change.
Chapters about the change process in the team members themselves are particularly heartening. If it can happen in South Africa, there is hope for us all.

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