Playing the Enemy
Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation
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ISBN10: 0143115723 ISBN13: 9780143115724 Publisher: Penguin Group USA Published: Jul 28 2009 Pages: 274 Weight: 0.60lbs. Height: 8.25" Width: 5.50" Depth: 1.00" Language: English
The inspiration for the film INVICTUS, starring Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman. 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.