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Acclaimed journalist John Carlin provides a revealing look at the persuasive genius of Nelson Mandela.

In a bold attempt to transcend old hatreds and unite a hopelessly polarized nation, President Mandela lays the groundwork for a miraculous metamorphosis during the 1995 Rugby World Cup at Cape Town. Download and start listening now!


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kentblumberg | 2/19/2014

    " Great book about a great man. Cynthia and I arrived in New Zealand in mid-1996. The country was still mourning its World Cup loss to South Africa. I don't think anyone in New Zealand realized how important that victory was to South Africa. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jenny | 2/13/2014

    " Definitely got a little tedious in the middle, but Wow! Am I glad I stuck with it. I guess even his own book got a little tedious at times. I learned so much about humility and forgiveness, understanding, working to bring out the best in people, seeing the hand of the Lord in the most unlikely of events, and the virtue of hope! Not to mention the final game was so exciting! I think everyone should read the book first before they watch the movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Loida | 2/7/2014

    " The author is a journalist - if you are a fast reader you will speed through this book. Reading more like a longer magazine article, Carlin lays an informative foundation of the events leading to Mandela's release from prison and his vision to unite South Africa through rugby. If you do not know anything about this event, I would say it's a must-read - if you do have knowledge of the event or are into heavy non-fiction it may be on the lighter-reading side; but it doesn't take anything away from the beauty of the event. Highlights of the book include the quotes from not just Mandela and the other people that drove these events forward (e.g. the twins, and Piennar). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mike | 2/4/2014

    " Great book. One of the best I've read in a while. This is the book upon which the movie Invictus is based. While I really liked the movie, the book is better and has a much broader perspective. It is a study of the leadership of Nelson Mandela and how he led the (largely) non-violent transition to majority rule in South Africa. The rugby world cup match is used as a central focus of the book. It exemplifies Mandela's approach both in large ways (reaching out to the Afrikaners by embracing a sport and team most of his supporters detested) and in small ways (his cultivation of personal relationships with those in whom he has little in common.) Very glad I read it. "

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About the Author
Author John Carlin

John Carlin grew up in Argentina and in the UK and spent 1989–95 in South Africa as the Independent’s correspondent there. He has also writen for the (London) Times, the Observer, the Sunday Times, and the New York Times. His previous books include Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation, the basis of the Oscar-nominated film Invictus, and Knowing Mandela.