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    Playing the Enemy (CD-Audio) By (author) John Carlin, Read by Saul Reichlin

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    DescriptionJohn Carlin, former South Africa bureau chief for "The Independent", chronicles the 1995 rugby World Cup victory by South Africa, which united a divided nation following the recent election of Nelson Mandela to President. This title offers a moving and passionate account of how South Africa avoided a bloodbath. This title is shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year in 2008 and now a major movie directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. 24 June 1995. Ellis Park in Johannesburg. The Springboks versus The All Blacks in the Rugby World Cup final. Nelson Mandela steps onto the pitch wearing a Springboks shirt and, before a global audience of millions, a new country is born. This book tells the incredible story of Mandela's journey to that moment. As the day of the final of the 1995 Rugby World Cup dawned, and the Springboks faced the 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 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. This recording is unabridged. Typically abridged audiobooks are not more than 60 per cent of the author's work and as low as 30 per cent with characters and plotlines removed.


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    Title
    Playing the Enemy
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John Carlin, Read by Saul Reichlin
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 137 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 230 g
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781407434919
    ISBN 10: 1407434918
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T15.1
    BIC E4L: SPO
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJPR
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1HFMS
    BIC subject category V2: WSB, WSJF1
    BISAC V2.8: SPO056000
    BIC subject category V2: 3JJPR, 1HFMS
    DC22: 796.333650968
    Edition
    Unabridged
    Edition statement
    Unabridged
    Publisher
    W F Howes Ltd
    Imprint name
    Whole Story Audio Books
    Publication date
    01 May 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Rearsby
    Review quote
    "[Invictus] was a terrific film, but wait till you hear the book. [Morgan] Freeman was nominated for an Oscar; I'd give it to Saul Reichlin for his mastery of African accents." THE GUARDIAN "I think the way John Carlin carried out his task in South Africa in the 1990s was magnificent." Nelson Mandela "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." The Daily Express"