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

Carlin, John

Published by Penguin Press, New York, 2008
ISBN 10: 1594201749 / ISBN 13: 9781594201745
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Title: Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the ...

Publisher: Penguin Press, New York

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: As new

Dust Jacket Condition: As new

Edition: First edition..

Book Type: book

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Mandela was, Carlin demonstrates, "a canny strategist, a talented manipulator of mass sentiment. His gift for political theater was as sophisticated as Bill Clinton’s or Ronald Reagan’s." 2009 movie Invictus starring Morgan Freeman, who seems born to play Nelson Mandela, Matt Damon playing the Springbok captain, and Clint Eastwood (a rugby fan) director. First printing, like new. Size: 7½" - 9½" First printing 0.0 First printing. Bookseller Inventory # 272910

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Synopsis: In June 1995, Nelson Mandela conquered the hearts of white South Africa and united his country, black and white, behind their rugby team. This book tells the extraordinary story of the journey to that moment. As the day of the final of the 1995 Rugby World Cup dawned, and the Springboks faced New Zealand's all-conquering All Blacks, more was at stake than a sporting trophy. When Nelson Mandela appeared wearing a Springboks jersey and led the all-white Afrikaner-dominated team in singing South Africa's new national anthem, he conquered the hearts of white South Africa. "Playing the Enemy" tells the extraordinary human story of how that moment became possible. It shows how a sport, once the preserve of South Africa's Afrikaans-speaking minority, came to unify the new rainbow nation, and tells of how - just occasionally - something as simple as a game really can help people to rise above themselves and see beyond their differences.

Review: "* 'Wonderful... Don't wait for the movie.' - New York Times * 'A triumphant conversion... A portrait of South Africa's answer to George Washington... [It] works because Carlin got so close to Mandela and the people Mandela seduced.' - Simon Kuper, Financial Times * 'Revelatory... A tight, gripping and powerful book that shines a light on a moment of hope, not just for one nation but the whole world.' - Daily Express * 'A fascinating story... Thirteen years on, it is possible to look back with emotion at a moment which suggested that everything was possible.' - Justin Cartwright, Sunday Telegraph"

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