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Playing the enemy : Nelson Mandela and the game that made a nation
John Carlin
Adult Nonfiction DT1949.M35 C282 2008

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Carlin offers the final dramatic chapters of how then president Nelson Mandela and his wily strategy of using a sporting event--the Sprinkboks rugby team in the 1995 World Cup--to mend South Africa. Carlin, a senior international writer for El Pa¡s, quotes Mandela: "Sports has the power to change the world.... It is more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers." After giving an informed capsule history of apartheid's bitter legacy and Mandela's noble stature as a leader, the scene is set for the influential rugby match between the solid New Zealand team and the scrappy South African squad in the finals of the World Cup, with 43 million blacks and whites awaiting the outcome. All of the cast in Afrikaner lore are here--Botha, DeKlerk, Bernard, Viljeon--as they match wits with Mandela. Carlin concludes this excellent book of redemption and forgiveness with chapters that depict how a divided country can be elevated beyond hate and malice to pride and healing. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

How newly elected president Nelson Mandela helped unite South Africa by getting behind the national rugby team, a former symbol of apartheid that faced an uphill battle when the country hosted the World Cup in 1995. Guess who won the championship? (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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