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Ellis Park in Johannesburg, 24 June 1995. 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.
©2008 John Carlin; (P)2009 WF Howes Ltd
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By Nicholas on 07-18-10

So good, I listened twice.

I've been listening to a couple of titles a month since December 2007 and this is the most moving audiobook of them all. I decided to listen after watching the film 'Invictus'. That's a great film, but this is so much more.

This book provides real insight into the people involved in the creation of the modern South Africa, as it's based on personal interviews with them, including Mandela.

I realise South Africa isn't perfect and there are many challenges for it to overcome, but this book, at moments, really filled me with joy. As I look at the conflicts in the world today, it provides real hope that if South Africans can tackle the problems of apartheid, without a bloody civil war, then it's possible other countries can also find resolution and peace.

As for Mandela, as John Carlin points out, he's not a saint. But, it is his behaviour as a human being, who treats all people with respect, which I found so inspiring.

Hats off to Saul Reichlin for his impressive narration and characterisation of the voices.

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By Mr. R. D. Cox on 02-05-15

insightful and emotional

unlocks the secrets behind the man who figured out how to build his nation. witness the birth of South Africa

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