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4.11 out of 54.11 out of 54.11 out of 54.11 out of 54.11 out of 5 4.11 (27 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Carlin Narrator: Gideon Emery Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2008 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dominic Jukes | 2/1/2014

    " Wonderful piece of history and a thrilling story expertly told. I do wonder how you can have spoilers in this though with the cover picture as displayed! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben Olson | 1/28/2014

    " I'm not much of a non-fiction guy, but this was super interesting! All about Nelson Mandela during his time incarcerated to the time he became the leader of South Africa. I thought the book would focus much more on the rugby game that "made" the nation, but really it was all about Mandela and how he was a master of getting people on his side, sport included. Great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lina | 1/27/2014

    " Solid recounting of how Mandela used the Rugby World Cup as a PR offensive for the infant democracy in South Africa, but nothing special to write home about. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 1/23/2014

    " I enjoyed this book. The stories were all really good. I admit it took me a long time to read, because I had a hard time focusing... I don't think it was the book's fault though... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Nichols | 1/11/2014

    " The story behind "Invictus." The focus is more on Mandela than I recall the movie being. A must-read for anyone interested in South Africa or what it takes to be a true peacemaker. Definitely a page-turner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles | 12/16/2013

    " Mandelas skill in negotiating the dangerous currents in South Africa in bring a country together would be of use in today's US. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karma | 12/11/2013

    " This book was extremely interesting - definately not a quick read however; more of a "take a taste" once a week or so. The author was very detailed in his historical detail and I felt I really got to know Mandella. I find I really love this gentle man after reading this book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Darby | 12/3/2013

    " Nelson Mandela had a master plan to bring his country together and it was conceived over many years while he was a political prisoner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucas Garcia Hernandez | 12/3/2013

    " It is interesting to know the story of how Nelson Mandela came to power and the nation joined the match am the final rugby world cup 1995. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 11/18/2013

    " LOVE IT! Nuanced and insightful combination of politics, psychology, history, and inspiration. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gail Plummer-Davis | 1/14/2013

    " An amazing story about how a great man was able to use a sport to turn the opinions of people on both side of a huge issue and heal a nation. An absolutely powerful and uplifting book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Russell | 9/29/2012

    " Read this before I realized Clint Eastwood was making a movie about it. And I totally called Morgan Freeman playing Nelson Mandela. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Toke Riis Ebbesen | 6/18/2012

    " Interesting angle on the modern history of South Africa. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dev | 4/3/2012

    " Both an inspiring bit of wordsmithing and a nice primer on South Africa and what the country had to overcome to free itself from Apartheid. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tyger | 3/11/2012

    " Amazing, eloquent and lovely! Sad inspiring and defiant! Neslon Mandella make me want to cry, shout, and sing at the same time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christy | 7/13/2011

    " Also known as Invictus, this book is WAY better than the movie, though Morgan Freeman does a great job playing Mandela "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 5/2/2011

    " Outstanding. Great read & great subject. One of my all-time favorite books. Mandela's achievement and the use of rugby as a way to tell his story makes for a wonderful read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gi | 4/15/2011

    " um bom livro de uma biografia de Homem Brilhante. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andria | 3/31/2011

    " I really enjoyed this topic. Not super well written, but very interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 3/26/2011

    " Appreciated the author's intertwining of so many individual's memories and perceptions of the events leading up to changes in South Africa. The mark of a good journalist - he listened to understand. The mark of a good author - he wove all of that together in a memorable story. Highly recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gloria | 2/23/2011

    " Very interesting. I am almost finished with it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victor | 1/25/2011

    " I saw the movie first and then read this book. The book (as usual) adds a lot of detail and color to the story. Mandela's leadership is worth studying, and this book does a good job of explaining how he won over factions in his own party and extreme conservatives from the opposing party as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie | 1/12/2011

    " I saw the movie and much preferred the book. Reading anything about Nelson Mandella is a good idea. "

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About the Author
Author John Carlin

John Carlin is an acclaimed journalist and author who was the Independent’s South Africa correspondent from 1989 to 1995. He has also written for the Times, the Observer, the Sunday Times, and the New York Times, among others. His previous books include Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation, which is the basis for the film Invictus, and Knowing Mandela.

About the Narrator

Gideon Emery was raised in England and South Africa, where he won the National Vita Award for Comedy and a Gold Craft Award for Voice-over. Now based in Los Angeles, he has appeared on such television series as 24, Burn Notice, Eleventh Hour, CSI:NY, and Moonlight. His film credits include Primeval, Train, and Takers. He is also an in-demand voice for video games.