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READ PDF È Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation Ô 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 togetherAfter 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 theWorld 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 T.S. Eliot Und Ezra Pound Im Dialog Mit Dante: Die Divina Commedia in Der Modernen Lyrik 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 Sacagawea Speaks: Beyond the Shining Mountains with Lewis and Clark the Springboks long an embodiment of white supremacist rule to embody and engage a new South Africa as they prepared to host theWorld Cup The string of wins that followed not only defied the odds Androgen Deprivation Therapy: An Essential Guide for Prostate Cancer Patients and Their Loved Ones, Second Edition but capped Mandela s miraculous effort to bring South Africans together again in a hard won Mörder ohne Gesicht enduring bond Carlin quotes Albert Camus as writing that 27 years in prison makes a man a killer, or a weakling, or a combination of both How, then, did Nelson Mandela who spent 27 years in a South African prison escape this fate and become the leader who united blacks and whites in that previously apartheid country To have that question answered was one reason I read this book aside from having it selected in a book group I knew of Nelson Mandela s success i but I knew little of how he accomplished this Carlin quotes Albert Camus as writing that 27 years in prison makes a man a killer, or a weakling, or a combination of both How, then, did Nelson Mandela who spent 27 years in a South African prison escape this fate and become the leader who united blacks and whites in that previously apartheid country To have that question answered was one reason I read this book aside from having it selected in a book group I knew of Nelson Mandela s success i but I knew little of how he accomplished this feat so the book was compellingly instructive in that way Carlin is a journalist, though, not a historian so it s not the book to find a lot of subtext to the history of South Africa and the legacy of Mandela in the twenty years since he left office A reader may well have unanswered questions about that, or how Mandela s values changed over nearly three decades in prison But what Carlin concentrates on he does well He concentrates on Mandela s actions after he was released from prison in l990 Mandela came to realize that change in South Africa would not be worth the bloodshed and upheaval brought on by civil war between blacks and whites, and a class struggle between poor and rich As a leader he was in a position to to influence the direction the country would go, and he moved it toward a peaceful end to apartheid Of course leaders on the other side saw no point either destroying the country through violence, so there was some tentative common ground between the opponents A war was stopped, but that certainly didn t mean that there was a state of harmony and peace in South Africa Both Mandela and opposition leaders had a lot of different factions to deal with in their own camps, and there were plenty of false steps that could have proved disastrous Some black leaders saw a weakness in Mandela that proved to be one of his strengths He had a tendency to trust people too much, but that was because he saw good in people Most people lack this capacity and are prone to find enemies beyond redemption But because Mandela had this capacity, Carlin writes, he charmed people, making them feel significant and important, always being ready to listen to their viewpoint Grudgingly they began to respect his views Mandela originally knew little and cared less, about rugby, a passion among the Afrikaner Dutch descended South Africans There were many protests against international matches with South Africa so when Mandela met members of the team, he applied his usual charm, but as always, his charm served his own ends People like winners, but the success of the South African team was plagued by boycotts due to the apartheid policies of its country Mandela began to suggest that the team could play for something bigger than themselves, the idea of a genuinely united nation As a black leader, he would begin to move backs to support the team and have the boycotts lifted It worked with both sides gaining something It all came together in a climactic match between South Africa and New Zealand, won by the South African team, and improbable as it sounds, sports had begun to unite a bitterly divided country People actually began to realize that they hadin common than what divided them As an inspirational story of an unlikely event, Carlin s book is a success I m not going to belabor the point here, as I ususally do.We often act, despite everyone s acknowledgement to the contrary, as if our generation invented racism, homosexuality, godlessness, greed, gluttony, and, sometimes hate If we don t buy in to that common portrayal of who caued history s woes we sometimes still seem to see these things as ours to fix and take ownership where it s difficult to establish who is responsible for what We must stop this NOW yet, if the problem has lasted f I m not going to belabor the point here, as I ususally do.We often act, despite everyone s acknowledgement to the contrary, as if our generation invented racism, homosexuality, godlessness, greed, gluttony, and, sometimes hate If we don t buy in to that common portrayal of who caued history s woes we sometimes still seem to see these things as ours to fix and take ownership where it s difficult to establish who is responsible for what We must stop this NOW yet, if the problem has lasted for centuries, why bring the same arguments and tools to the table that have never worked in the past Now we sit in ivory towers under white buildings, that look as if someone has set an overturned coffee cup on top of a rectangular whit box, and draw battle lines on paper instead of in the sand Money becomes blood Law becomes the sword, and we call ourselves civilized while, in practice, little changes save what one side or the other s needs for a new battle Try as we might, we look back at our history, in our past, and scour present with fine toothed combs, struggling to find heroes with perfect faces that can be mounted on milk cartons and billboards to show off dazzling smiles Failing to do that, we make up or own, and post their images, choosing to believe as truths that really came from the darkest imagination in which they had been created In ignorance, we ignored the true heroes who toil in obscurity to overcome massive mountains of trumped up thought with ages of experience at believing imagined rights and wrongs Faces that failed the test of photogenics and lighting, or voices that seemed drol and ordinary instead of heroic While most of us in the US were absorbed in our own misery and joy, either make believe or real, in South Africa from 1985 to 1995 a battle raged Sometimes the battle involved blood and bone, blade and bullet Sometimes these battles involved paper and law, authority and anarchy Sometimes it involved thoughts and emotions, both real and self cultivated, and, sometimes, politics This was nothing as simple as a war of guns and bullets, though there was plenty of that to go around, this was a war for hearts and minds A war over that fragile, illusive thing we choose as our Identity as a person and a nation and the relationship between us While most of the United states continued about their lives in blissful ignorance, tipping the metaphorical hat at news stories and other odd things in press and on television, the most important battle of our time had been started, fought, and won, steming the tide of bloodhsed, rather than causingto bleed It was perhaps the most important battle of all time about human rights and human dignity and the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness with no barriers or glass ceilings decided by the colour of your skin and no privlidges ripped away by an angry fledgling government of wounded victimized warriors This book reads like a 300 page newspaper article John Carlin is, after all, a journalist It starts with a long history lesson, that is as distasteful as it is interesting and wicked as it is wise In the middle the book turns to a tale of manipulation, cunning and charm By the end, it s a tale of triumph A bloodless coup where there were no casualties and the enemy joined the victors in celebration, dancing in the streestsand the rest of the world slept with only a few even registering the importance of what was going on Our acknowlegement of what had passed held in check our need to have villains and faces to rail at and call shameful names, and make believe heroes to occupy our guilt This book reads like the weather in Maine The first part is the cruel winter that seems to last wellthan it s fair quarter A brief spring that is far to short, a blistering summer and a beautiful autum with gold and red leaves dancing in the wind As they say in Maine, If you don t stay for the winters, then you do not deserve the spring and summer Let no man be so foolish as to think that sports, a national sport is only a thing of fancy or a bottle passion for sale to the highest bidder Surely, those things can happen, but here, the galvanizing agent that started a healthy conversation about how Blacks and Whites in South Africa could live in peace without fear of eachother started with a A Hoolagin s sport played by gentleman A brutal sport of Contact and bone jaring collision, amazing speed and skill played by strong men with the hearts of lions For Whites, as one Rugger in the book put it For once we were not the bad guys, everybody s favorite villains The people were behind us The whole world was behind us and we felt it We had regained our dignity after years of being everyone s enemy For blacks, led by Nelson Mandella, it was a chance to show, that victors are not always vengeful Sometimes they are thoughttful and caring and understanding of simple pleasures That your fears of us are not waranted, this is how we prove it It s a great book Everyone should read it Nelson Mandela is my hero Rugby is my game I m from the South Wales valleys, nuff said Simply the best book I ve read all year, it was absolutely awesome Mandela s methods for disarming and charming everyone were inspirational this is the only inspirational book I ve read I can t get into that genre at all I ve just been chucked out without notice from a private group Back in Skinny Jeans on Goodreads where some member s don t like non Americans, non Republicans, non Christians and Nelson Mandela is my hero Rugby is my game I m from the South Wales valleys, nuff said Simply the best book I ve read all year, it was absolutely awesome Mandela s methods for disarming and charming everyone were inspirational this is the only inspirational book I ve read I can t get into that genre at all I ve just been chucked out without notice from a private group Back in Skinny Jeans on Goodreads where some member s don t like non Americans, non Republicans, non Christians and perhaps non Whites and really wanted me to know their views I fit it into all those groups, so did Mandela He would have disarmed them and made them think again, he had a way of bringing out the most decent parts of even despicable people I don t have his charisma, but following the lessons he developed transforming himself from an advocate of violence to one of reconcilliation, I may become a better person I had tears in my eyes remembering that incredible day in Johannesburg as if it were yesterday I remember during the rugby World Cup final that the streets were eerily silent as every South African sat rapt in front of their television, hoping against all hope that our team could accomplish the impossible I was 12 years old as I sat with my dad, all nerves and raw emotion, watching the game The joy that erupted in the streets after we won is a sight I will never forget The whole country, bla I had tears in my eyes remembering that incredible day in Johannesburg as if it were yesterday I remember during the rugby World Cup final that the streets were eerily silent as every South African sat rapt in front of their television, hoping against all hope that our team could accomplish the impossible I was 12 years old as I sat with my dad, all nerves and raw emotion, watching the game The joy that erupted in the streets after we won is a sight I will never forget The whole country, black and white, celebrating together It was something like the Rio carnival for days on end The new South Africa in action Reading about the events that went on behind at the scenes leading up to this day and our incredible champion Nelson Mandela made meproud than ever to be a South African The whole story just sounds far too good to be true, but the best part is that it is true I hope that we can inspire our next generation to get this rainbow nation to fulfill the incredible potential we have to become even greater