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Playing the Enemy

Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation

Playing the Enemy by John Carlin
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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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Penguin Publishing Group; November 2009
288 pages; ISBN 9781101159927
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Title: Playing the Enemy
Author: John Carlin
 
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ISBNs
1101159901
9780143117155
9781101159903
9781101159927