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

N 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 Basically put Nelson Mandela is the MAN We tend to reduce people to symbols to say oh yeah him he s the guy that did this or she s the that girl or whatnot And that was basically the nature of my knowledge of Mandela a vague sense of his wisdom and love of freedom or somethingI don t know if this is the best book ever written about Mandela But reading it definitely has given me a fuller appreciation of a man I had once thought of only as a symbol He is a master manipulator ambitious pragmatic He is endlessly self aware and self assured He is a cosmopolitan world leader But without doubt the thing I found most remarkable about Mandela is that he spent 27 years in prison by the decree of a racist white government yet emerged proclaiming that Afrikaners were sons of Africa That he could say such words and mean them signals to me such a depth of wisdom courage and compassion In his eyes the solution to South Africa s problems didn t include expelling or taking revenge against whites but rather meant reaching out to them forgiving them and alternately manipulating forcing seducing them to embrace justice and true democracy Which is where the rugby part comes in Rugby it turns out had been percieved as the white man s sport and therefore derided by blacks as a state symbol of Apartheid For years the African National Congress Mandela s political party forbade international rugby games to take place in South Africa Mandela though had the foresight to imagine that rugby could become a unifying point for all South Africans And so he repealed the international ban on South African rugby and the country hosted the 1995 world cup setting the stage for a spectacular outcome both in the game and for the country

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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 electio I had tears in my eyes remembering that incredible day in Johannesburg as if it were yesterday I remember during the rugby World Cup final that the streets were eerily silent as every South African sat rapt in front of their television hoping against all hope that our team could accomplish the impossible I was 12 years old as I sat with my dad all nerves and raw emotion watching the game The joy that erupted in the streets after we won is a sight I will never forget The whole country black and white celebrating together It was something like the Rio carnival for days on end The new South Africa in action Reading about the events that went on behind at the scenes leading up to this day and our incredible champion Nelson Mandela made me proud than ever to be a South African The whole story just sounds far too good to be true but the best part is that it is true I hope that we can inspire our next generation to get this rainbow nation to fulfill the incredible potential we have to become even greater

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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 bon Good if flawed account of Mandela s struggle to unify South Africa The author did a good job in showing how tenuous the country was during Mandela s term as president and Mandelas role in stabilizing a very dangerous period in history However there are just too many flaws in this book to thoroughly enjoy it First there is the formal and stiff writing style of the author It tends to be unfocused in describing the events Secondly while The author sincerely admires Mandela and there is much to be admired the adulation tends to be a bit heavy Third The Rugby part of the book doesn t really become important until the last uarter This is probably good since I know nothing about Rugby however I found it inspiring to read about how Mandela worked with his past enemies to unify a country In the scheme of things even this Rugby game seeedm to be a bit exaggerated in its importance This is a good example of the movie being better than the book


10 thoughts on “Playing the Enemy Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation

  1. says:

    Nelson Mandela is my hero Rugby is my game I'm from the South Wales valleys 'nuff said Simply the best book I've read all year it was absolutely awesome Mandela's methods for disarming and charming everyone were inspirational this is the only inspirational book I've read I can't get into that genre at all I've just been chucked out without notice from a private group 'Back in Skinny Jeans' on Goodreads where some members don't

  2. says:

    I'm not going to belabor the point here as I ususally doWe often act despite everyone's acknowledgement to the contrary as if our gene

  3. says:

    I had tears in my eyes remembering that incredible day in Johannesburg as if it were yesterday I remember during the rugby World Cup final that the streets were eerily silent as every South African sat rapt in front of thei

  4. says:

    Fascinating I'm a huge rugby fan and I have a strong interest in SA politics I've read Mandela's autobiography but this w

  5. says:

    1994 was a critical year for South Africa A president had been elected by almost two thirds of voters in the first truly democratic one person one vote elections the country had ever had Tensions were simmering just barely under the surface not infreuently erupting into violent neighborhood rallies bloody skirmishes and even assassination Many of the white Afrikaner minority were worried about reprisals from

  6. says:

    Basically put Nelson Mandela is the MAN We tend to reduce people to symbols to say oh yeah him he's the guy that did this or she's the that girl or whatnot And that was basically the nature of my knowledge of Mandela a vague sense of

  7. says:

    Good if flawed account of Mandela's struggle to unify South Africa The author did a good job in showing how tenuous the country was during Mandela's term as president and Mandelas role in stabilizing a very dangerous period in history However there are just too many flaws in this book to thoroughly enjoy it First there is the formal and stiff writing style of the author It tends to be unfocused in describing

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    Invictus Out of the night that covers meBlack as the Pit from pole to poleI thank whatever gods may beFor my unconuerable soulIn the fell clutch of circumstanceI have not winced nor cried aloudUnder the bludgeonings of chanceMy head is bloody but unbowedBeyond this place of wrath and tearsLooms but the Horror of the shadeA

  9. says:

    This book is both inspiring and boring If you want to know about how South Africa was able to avert THE civil war that al

  10. says:

    Carlin uotes Albert Camus as writing that 27 years in prison makes a man a killer or a weakling or a combination of both How then did Nelson Mandela who spent 27 years in a South African prison escape this fate and become the leader who united blacks and whites in that previously apartheid country To have that uestion answered was one reason I read this book aside from having it selected in a book group I knew of Nelson Mandela

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