Beginning in a jail cell and ending in a rugby tournament—the true story of how the most inspiring charm offensive in history brought South Africa together.After being released from prison and winning South Africa’s first free election, Nelson Mandela presided over a country still deeply divided... show more
Beginning in a jail cell and ending in a rugby tournament—the true story of how the most inspiring charm offensive in history brought South Africa together.After being released from prison and winning South Africa’s first free election, Nelson Mandela presided over a country still deeply divided by fifty years of apartheid. His plan was ambitious if not far-fetched: use the national rugby team, the Springboks—long an embodiment of white-supremacist rule—to embody and engage a new South Africa as they prepared to host the 1995 World Cup. The string of wins that followed not only defied the odds, but capped Mandela’s miraculous effort to bring South Africans together again in a hard-won, enduring bond.Watch a Video
Publish date: November 25th 2009
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
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It felt like it needed a few more lines at the end but this was surprisingly satisfying for a short read. :)
Good if flawed account of Mandela's struggle to unify South Africa. The author did a good job in showing how tenuous the country was during Mandela's term as president and Mandela"s role in stabilizing a very dangerous period in history. However there are just too many flaws in this book to thorough...
1/30/2011 ** Well, I'm supposed to be doing lesson plans, but instead I'm 'productively procrastinating' by typing my comments about INVICTUS. I actually hadn't known this was a book when we saw the movie. I've had a long-time interest in Mandela and South Africa's journey in the last decades. My...
How a leader does it. Politics at its best.