Invictus: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation
Invictus Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation Author:John Carlin Soon to be a major motion picture from Academy Award(r)--winning director Clint Eastwood, starring Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman. — 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-fet... more »ched: 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 in a hard-won, enduring bond.« less
Well, I feel a little silly about this because everyone else loved this book - but I didn't find it very interesting. I got through the first 50 pages and I found the telling of the story not very gripping. Maybe I'm not well enough read about South Africa or I don't care enough about rugby/sports - but I'm not going to be able to finish it :(
An incredible book! I learned so much that I did not know. It is written in an intriguing way and there is just enough about the "game", but not too much that it becomes boring. I loved it from the beginning to the end!
A well-written book that details how rugby (the national sport of the white Afrikaners in South Africa) became a post-apartheid South Africa's sport and helped break down barriers between blacks and whites in South Africa.