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A Good and Important Story,
This review is from: Invictus: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation (Paperback)
It begins with a good summary of the history and fall of apartheid in South Africa and the election of Nelson Mandela as President - a triumph of his conviction that the new constitution and SA was for all races. It is sometimes known as the 'Mandela Miracle'.
Th Apartheid Museum in Soweto makes a lot of the first SA Rugby world cup and they play continuously the TV clip and commentary of Nelson Mandela walking onto the pitch at the final in the Sprinbok's shirt. It is legend and reality, the symbolism is obvious.
Like the film, this book tells this true story well, it is not emotional, one sided or sentimental. It is a tribute to Mandela who saw an opportunity and went for it (and he genuinely enjoyed the sport) and to Francois Pienaar who embraced it and the new political situation.
A very good read.