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Playing the Enemy (Filmed as "Invictus"): Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made the Nation [Paperback]

John Carlin
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1 Mar 2010
On 24 June 1995, at Ellis Park in Johannesburg, Nelson Mandela stepped onto a rugby pitch and, in front of an audience of millions worldwide, a new era for South Africa began. This book tells the extraordinary story of how that moment became possible, tracing Mandela's history from Robben Island to Ellis Park.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books (1 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848876599
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848876590
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" This wonderful book describes Mandela's methodical, improbable and brilliant campaign to reconcile resentful blacks and fearful whites around a sporting event, a game of rugby." -"The New York Times Book Review" " If you have any doubts about the political genius of Nelson Mandela, read John Carlin's engrossing book . . . [A] feel-good slice of history." -"USA Today"

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I was there for the World Cup. But until I read this book, I was not aware just how consciously and diligently Mandela set about wooing the Afrikaner. It is a fascinating story. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Playing the Enemy is a very timely book. In these days when nations are often more divided than before, Nelson Mandela's instinct to show respect, friendliness, and common purpose with those who saw him as an enemy is a beacon that lights up the potential for all people to come together to accomplish more. John Carlin has used the Rugby World Cup imaginatively to illustrate the essence of President Mandela's approach. Mr. Carlin is a wonderful story teller, and you'll feel chills as you read the many great moments he brilliantly captures in Playing the Enemy.

Leaders have always used foreign enemies to bring their purpose together. Who realized that this could be done at the level of sport rather than through war as a way to unify a country where people were deeply suspicious (even paranoid) about one another?

I was glad to see that Mr. Carlin provided lots of background about how someone imprisoned for decades became the leader of a reconstituted nation in South Africa and went on to accomplish things that not even the most optimistic would have expected. President Mandela's story is one for the ages, and this way of telling the story makes it easier to understand for those who never saw South Africa during the Apartheid regime.

Although I had long studied and worked to help change the government in South Africa from the inside and outside, the political impact of the international boycott of the South African rugby team had been lost to me. I hope those who would like to encourage governments to behave more appropriately towards their people will remember this example.

Bravo, Mr. Carlin!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Invictus (aka Playing the Enemy) 1 Feb 2010
By jcmacc VINE VOICE
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Although the book uses the famous 1995 Rugby World Cup Final as a frame to hang the narrative around, it really isn't about the rugby per se. What the real meat of the book concerns is how Mandela made himself a focal point around which apartheid could be pulled down while avoiding the carnage of a civil war. The tense backroom deals and influencing required with the apartheid regime and indeed his own party and friends, are brilliantly described.

The book is excellent in describing the factions and tensions involved at the beginning of the end of apartheid. Transitioning apartheid to democracy could have gone very violently wrong not because of "black vs white" issues as you may simplistically think, but due to the fact there were miriad competing factions on all sides that led to huge danger of mass violence. Mandela's biggest problem at times was convincing the ANC to buy into symbols like the rugby springbok as a way of winning people over as he realised outright rejection of all aspects of the "white culture" would push more of the heavily armed white minority over to the side of the hardliners who actively wanted conflict. When you think how the black majority suffered under the cruelty of apartheid, taking the ANC with him on a conciliatory route was an incredible feat of diplomacy and leadership.

Mandela's genius was to understand the differences between white South Africans in terms of modernisers vs conservatives vs white supremacists, between forward thinking politicians and hardliners in the security services and especially, underlying all, between the English and Afrikaan speakers. He never made the mistake of alienating people by false stereotyping.
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4.0 out of 5 stars How Mandela avoided a bloodbath in South Africa 25 Aug 2009
By jcmacc VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Although the book uses the famous 1995 Rugby World Cup Final as a frame to hang the narrative around, it really isn't about the rugby per se. What the real meat of the book concerns is how Mandela made himself a focal point around which apartheid could be pulled down while avoiding the carnage of a civil war. The tense backroom deals and influencing required with the apartheid regime and indeed his own party and friends, are brilliantly described.

The book is excellent in describing the factions and tensions involved at the beginning of the end of apartheid. Transitioning apartheid to democracy could have gone very violently wrong not because of "black vs white" issues as you may simplistically think, but due to the fact there were miriad competing factions on all sides that led to huge danger of mass violence. Mandela's biggest problem at times was convincing the ANC to buy into symbols like the rugby springbok as a way of winning people over as he realised outright rejection of all aspects of the "white culture" would push more of the heavily armed white minority over to the side of the hardliners who actively wanted conflict. When you think how the black majority suffered under the cruelty of apartheid, taking the ANC with him on a conciliatory route was an incredible feat of diplomacy and leadership.

Mandela's genius was to understand the differences between white South Africans in terms of modernisers vs conservatives vs white supremacists, between forward thinking politicians and hardliners in the security services and especially, underlying all, between the English and Afrikaan speakers. He never made the mistake of alienating people by false stereotyping.
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Published 2 hours ago by Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars Thee most powerful passionate story of how a whole once divided nation...
This book !!! Is a book of books. I've never read a book that was so intense and passionate in descriptions as regards the emotions that not only a rugby team but the total... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Countvauntrap
5.0 out of 5 stars What a read - what a man!
A well written and researched book. Inspirational what one man can achieve from such adversity. I could not put it down.
Published 4 months ago by The Codester
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read
I loved this book! I'd jusy finished reading Nelson Mandela's autobiography and was looking for something along the same lines. This book was just what I was looking for. Read more
Published 4 months ago by SusieJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Having stayed in SAfrica for nearly 50years(living in UK now),could enjoy this book better,knowing all the people,places and knowledge of the areas mention.
Published 5 months ago by Barry Metson
5.0 out of 5 stars Playing the enemy
First class book a lot more detail than the film ,once you start reading this book it then becomes very difficult to put down as you want to find out what happens next in Mandela... Read more
Published 5 months ago by colin bevan
5.0 out of 5 stars The book is a more rounded and much deeper look at RSA and Mandela...
I'm a big fan of Clint Eastwood as a director. But Invictus is not his best work by a mile.

The book is a more rounded and much deeper look at RSA and Mandela than the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by C. I. Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent take on the end of Apartheid
This is a really excellent read, putting a new slant on the end of Apartheid. The subject has been much written about. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Simon Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Having heard about the movie, I thought this is one book I have to read. I couldn't put the book down. Read it within two days.
Published 9 months ago by Damian Neary
5.0 out of 5 stars The most amazing book
Much better than the movie. Very powerfully written, a must for any rugby fan who is interested in the history of SA.
Published 11 months ago by J. Hughes
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