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Invictus: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 18. November 2009

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"* 'Wonderful... Don't wait for the movie.' - New York Times * 'A triumphant conversion... A portrait of South Africa's answer to George Washington... [It] works because Carlin got so close to Mandela and the people Mandela seduced.' - Simon Kuper, Financial Times * 'Revelatory... A tight, gripping and powerful book that shines a light on a moment of hope, not just for one nation but the whole world.' - Daily Express * 'A fascinating story... Thirteen years on, it is possible to look back with emotion at a moment which suggested that everything was possible.' - Justin Cartwright, Sunday Telegraph"

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24 June 1995. Ellis Park in Johannesburg. The Springboks versus The All Blacks in the Rugby World Cup final. Nelson Mandela steps onto the pitch wearing a Springboks shirt and, before a global audience of millions, a new country is born. This book tells the incredible story of Mandela's journey to that moment.As the day of the final of the 1995 Rugby World Cup dawned, and the Springboks faced New Zealand's all-conquering All Blacks, more was at stake than a sporting trophy. When Nelson Mandela appeared wearing a Springboks jersey and led the all-white Afrikaner-dominated team in singing South Africa's new national anthem, he conquered white South Africa."Playing the Enemy" tells the extraordinary human story of how that moment became possible. It shows how a sport, once the preserve of South Africa's Afrikaans-speaking minority, came to unify the new rainbow nation, and tells of how - just occasionally - something as simple as a game really can help people to rise above themselves and see beyond their differences.Readers of "The Long Walk to Freedom" by Nelson Mandela, "Fever Pitch" by Nick Hornby, "The Damned United" by David Peace; and rugby fans are those who read.

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Invictus ist eine packende Geschichte über Südafrikas Entwicklung von Arpartheid zum heutigen Stand. Es ist sehr politisch und anders als der darauf basierende Film befasst es sich nicht nur mit dem Rugby World Cup und dem offiziellen Ende der Apartheid, sondern gibt einen Einblick in das Gesammtbild.
Ich habe das Buch gelesen bevor ich den Film gesehen habe und war, im Gegensatz zu meinen Freunden, die das Buch nicht kennen, sehr enttäuscht da etwa die ersten 60% komplett fehlen.
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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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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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Inspirierend für alle, die nach menschlichen und politischen Vorbildern suchen. Gerade in unseren heutigen, 'abgekochten ' Zeiten zeigt der Autor auf mitreissende Weise auf, wie unglaubliches wahr werden kann.Mandela sagte mal 'it's impossible only until somebody does it.'unbedingt empfehlenswert.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Power of Love to Heal a Nation 28. Juli 2015
Von Karen Wingoof - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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*Playing the Enemy* is a wonderful book - moving, touching, filled to brimming with inspiration. This is the story of Nelson Mandela's rise to the presidency of South Africa, and the power of love (and rugby) to unite a nation. I laughed. I cried. By the time I finished this book, my heart was filled with hope for our world. This book was proof, to me, that nothing - absolutely nothing - is impossible to Love.

"Mandela’s weakness was his greatest strength. He succeeded because he chose to see good in people who ninety-nine people out of a hundred would have judged to have been beyond redemption...By appealing to and eliciting what was best in them, and in every single white South African watching the rugby game that day, he offered them the priceless gift of making them feel like better people, in some cases transforming them into heroes.

"His secret weapon was that he assumed not only that he would like the people he met; he assumed also that they would like him. That vast self-confidence of his coupled with that frank confidence he had in others made for a combination that was as irresistible as it was disarming." - from *Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation*

- Karen Molenaar Terrell, author of *Blessings: Adventures of a Madcap Christian Scientist*
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Absolutely brilliant 11. Februar 2011
Von EJ - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I agree with the other reviewers here about this book; it is indeed a "must-read". This book is not really a story of rugby, as later portrayed in the Hollywood movie; it is a story of a country struggling with a massive and long-overdue change in the fabric of its society.

John Carlin tells the story of South Africa during the transition period after Nelson Mandela was freed from prison and apartheid ended. Whether you are an expert in this era or a neophyte, Carlin's writing and summary of this time is nothing short of superb. He is able to tell the tale of how South Africa managed an almost incomprehensibly huge change in its society without warfare, which is an incredible feat. Carlin had worked in South Africa and as such had background knowledge of the country as well as access to the many prominent figures that he interviewed for the book, including Mandela himself.

The role of rugby in this book is as the thread that ties together the characters from all walks of life who appear throughout the story. It doesn't much resemble the movie in that sense, which relied more heavily on showing the rugby team, games, etc., as the primary driver of the story. The book is far more powerful.

Everyone, and I do mean everyone, should read this book. It is well-written, fast-paced, emotional, and tells a story that would have been unbelievable if it weren't true. As a side note, the poem "Invictus", for which the movie was titled, brilliantly captures the bravery of Mandela and all of South Africa shown in this book.

"It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul."

Excerpt from Invictus, by William Ernest Henley
5.0 von 5 Sternen Intense stare into the heart of the man and the matter 17. Dezember 2013
Von Shapshak - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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John Carlin is an intelligent, thoughtful, and insightful journalist; who worked as a foreign correspondent in South Africa. As the end of Apartheid beckoned, a revolution was occurring in the most unlikely of places: Robben Island, the Alcatraz-like prison island off Cape Town where the country's most dangerous prisoner, number 46664, was beginning to charm his captors.
People think Nelson Mandela emerged from jail an inspired man. It's the other way. He went into jail on a moral high that he never buckled from. He held his head up, refused special privileges unless they were shared by all the prisoners and refused to negotiate as a prisoner "who has no rights".
Through his Afrikaans warders he realised that to charm the devil (that were the ministers responsible for Apartheid) he needed to speak their language. So he taught himself Afrikaans, like part of his morning fitness routine that he continued until he physically couldn't anymore, including waking at 4am.
He realised that rugby was the lifeblood of this white tribe of Africa, the Afrikaaners.
And, just a year into the country's profound change over to democracy, after Mandela had been elected in a world-defining moment, Madiba enacted what was to be the greatest act of nation-building: embracing, endorsing, impersonating the Springboks. The national rugby team, long excluded from the global game because of sporting sanctions against Apartheid, become the surprise winners in their first return to the World Championship by beating the much-fancied, old foe, the All Blacks. Clad in black, the iconic New Zealand team had been supported by black South Africa through the dark days. Now, the leader of the country, the man whose image was never seen in the years flour-bombs rained down on New Zealand fields to stop South African tours, had become the very face of this formerly white, formerly representing everything oppressive about the Afrikaaners. It was a triumph of good timing, and simple humanity.
It was as profound a gesture as it was a marvel of human dignity. The president of the country got behind his other boys (the national soccer team is known as Bafana Bafana, meaning the boys) and by appearing before final in the matching number 6 jersey of captain Francois Pienaar, spurred the Springboks on to a famous victory that will live forever in the annals of sporting triumph, and, so deservedly, in the history of South Africa's inspiration leader, the recently passed away Nelson Mandela.
John Carlin is a gifted writer, who tells this intoxicating story as if you're sitting in the room listening to Mandela tell a young Pienaar that he had to win the game because the nation depended on it. You're on the front lines of this truly remarkable story of Mandela's almost divine power of forgiveness to heal his nation and unite his people.
It's a wonderful read, one of the closest to this truly, truly amazing man that Nelson Mandela was. It should be everyone's festive season read. A reminder of the greatness of one man, who united a nation, and brought them all into a new era of democracy, freedom and the Springboks beating the best in the world.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Book, Recommended 26. August 2013
Von Jason - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This was an immensely interesting book. I was coming of age when stories out of South Africa were in the news almost daily. I remember this being one of the first major news stories that I followed as a young adult (the power shift, that is) and I remember being quite mesmerized by it. I'm glad I was able to read an insider's take on the happenings, and wish I hadn't waited 20 years later to do so.

Interestingly, this is not a play-by-play of the rugby games. Outside of the final game, little details of the action on the pitch is described, and honestly, even the final game is not entirely descriptive. This book explores more of the juxtaposition of sports and political turmoil. Similar to the 1980 US Olympic Hockey Team. If you are wanting a story about rugby, it's not going to be your first choice. However, it's an extremely interesting perspective when discussing Apartheid and interesting to see how it was used as a political tool to unify a country that was completely divided.

I'd highly recommend this book. It was a great way to explore the political shift in South Africa in the mid-90's without having to read a book that is written like a news article. The only thing I felt the book was lacking was a bit more background in some of the players on the team.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Did Mandela Have Any Flaws? 29. Dezember 2010
Von Andrew Schonbek - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The author raises this question toward the end of this very good book. It's a legitimate one to ask. Mandela takes on an almost supernatural aura as the action unfolds.

Playing the Enemy chronicles the birth of post apartheid South Africa and the unexpected role in this of an epic sports contest. It follows Mandela from the beginnings of his contacts with government officials while still in prison, through his triumphant release and election as President. But all this simply provides context for the narrative of a rugby match.

And what a match it was.

Mandela understood that before a new country of South Africa could come into being, what was required was the creation of a population of South Africans, something that had not existed in the era of the Afrikaners and numerous fragmented tribal groups. He seized on the sport of rugby as the unlikely vehicle to make this happen. Rugby had been the exclusive province of the Boer oppressors, and the name and colors of the national team were vilified among the black population. Mandela's amazing leadership turned this around, and the sight of black masses cheering for the Springboks conveyed a potent message of forgiveness and reconciliation.

Read this book to replenish your hope in human potential and possibilities.
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