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

 
 
 
 
Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation
Author: John Carlin
ISBN 13: 9780143115724
ISBN 10: 143115723
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: 2009-07-28
Format: Paperback
Pages: 274
List Price: $17.00
 
 

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.