review PLAYING THE ENEMY

Nelson Mandela was able to make contact with people, where others failed. At the center of this book is rugby, 1995 and the World Championships in South Africa. Rugby is the sport of the whites and especially the Afrikaner. 

This book describes the way in which Mandela managed to let other groups in the country join in the celebrations about this Championship. So the whole of the country supported the Springbokken (the name of the team)  and Mandela did another step in uniting his country. 

The writer of this well written book, worked for many years in South Africa and spoke with many participants in the proces of continuing unity. The book has become the basis of the movie ‘Invectus’, with Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela and Matt Damon as Francois Pienaar, the captain of the Springbokken.  

John Carlin – Playing the Enemy  – 2008

 

 

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I enjoy reading about Africa. New books. Old books. By African writers. By non-African writers. Novel. History. Travel. Biographies. Autobiographies. Politics. Colonialism. Poetry.

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