Playing the Enemy Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-07-28
  • Publisher: Penguin Books

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In 1985, Nelson Mandela, then in prison for twenty-three years, set about winning over the fiercest proponents of apartheid before setting his sights on the nation's first free elections in 1994. But perhaps his greatest hurdle was finding a cause that would unite the nation, fractured after fifty years of apartheid. His choice was one of the most far-fetched imaginable: the Springboks, their national rugby team, long an embodiment of white supremacist rule.

Author Biography

John Carlin is senior international writer for El Pa+¡s, the world-'s leading Spanish language newspaper, and was previously the U.S. bureau chief for The Independent on Sunday. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, Wired, Spin, and Conde Nast Traveler.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Breakfast In Houghtonp. 7
The Minister of Justicep. 19
Separate Amenitiesp. 37
Bagging The Crocp. 49
Different Planetsp. 61
Ayatollah Mandelap. 75
The Tiger Kingp. 93
The Maskp. 105
The Bitter-Endersp. 121
Romancing The Generalp. 133
"Address Their Hearts"p. 145
The Captain And The Presidentp. 159
Springbok Serenadep. 171
Silverminep. 183
Doubting Thomasesp. 191
The Number Six Jerseyp. 201
"Nelson! Nelson!"p. 213
Blood In The Throatp. 227
Love Thine Enemyp. 241
Epiloguep. 255
Where Are They Now?p. 259
Acknowledgmentsp. 263
A Note on Sourcesp. 265
Indexp. 267
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