Playing the Enemy

Playing the Enemy : 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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Product details

  • Paperback | 274 pages
  • 136 x 210 x 20mm | 272.15g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white plates
  • 0143115723
  • 9780143115724
  • 117,922

Review quote

" 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"

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About John Carlin

John Carlin is senior international writer for "El PaIs," the world'sleading Spanish language newspaper, and was previously the U.S.bureau chief for "The Independent on Sunday." His writing has appeared in"The New York Times, The New Republic, Wired, Spin," and "Conde NastTraveler."

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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.

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