4.0 out of 5 stars
More than just sport, more than just history, 15 Dec. 2009
I am a casual observer of sports in general, and am not sure I have ever watched an entire soccer/football match, although I understand the basics of the game. The story told here, however, is compelling in its history of a recent shame in the human narrative (apartheid) and the spirit of gamesmanship, competition, and camaraderie which brought together factions of men and thoughts.
I have already passed my UK copy on to my brother-in-law, who is more of a history and sports buff than myself.
When I read it again, I think I will start at the back with the background of how the book and story were put together and the interviews of the key characters. I believe this would have put the story in even better perspective for me.
Since I am not a soccer/football fan, I could have used some explanation of some key terms. I did (do) not know that there is a tackle permitted.