Book Review: Playing The Enemy

Playing the enemyAuthor: John Carlin

Pages: 291

Year of publishing: 2008

Rating: ★★★★★

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Synopsis: In 1985, Nelson Mandela, then in prison for twenty-three years, set about winning over the fiercest proponents of apartheid, from his jailers to the head of South Africa’s military. First he earned his freedom and then he won the presidency in the nation’s first free election in 1994. But he knew that South Africa was still dangerously divided by almost fifty years of apartheid. If he couldn’t unite his country in a visceral, emotional way–and fast–it would collapse into chaos. He would need all the charisma and strategic acumen he had honed during half a century of activism, and he’d need a cause all South Africans could share. Mandela picked one of the more far fetched causes imaginable–the national rugby team, the Springboks, who would host the sport’s World Cup in 1995.

My review: For a person that feels a weakness for the history, this book is one of the best books of the last years. It could be considered a historical novel for its approach, John Carlin focus all his attention in the named “Mandela effect” and the sport, telling the history of shout Africa but while still being interesting.

As I do in all my books review, I must tell to you what’s the most striking of this book. People who know the Mandela’s history can jump to the next paragraph because they know what I’m going to say. The most striking of this book is how Mandela goes from being a political prisoner of Apartheid to become in the president of Shout Africa conquering his enemies one by one through the words and affection. A lesson that our actual politicians should learn instead of fighting constantly in TV.

The history of this book starts in the morning of the final match of the Rugby cup in 1995, in Mandela’s home, John Carling describe how Mandela despite being in the most important moment of his life and the country’s life, doesn’t waive to make all his routine activities but a bit nervous. In the second chapter, Carlin carries us to 1985, and that’s is the real start of the book. In that chapter Carlin tells how Mandela begins to earn first the affect of the prison guards, then the prison directors and finally of the same president.

John Carlin names “Mandela Effect” to that high capacity of Mandela to seduce their enemies, appeal to their feelings and make them part of his struggle.

Playing the enemy, the history of a country with more than 50 years of racial hatred in the most difficult moment of its history. The story of a black man who goes from being a political prisoner to become in president. The history of a rusty rugby team that had the moral obligation to win an unreachable cup for which they wouldn’t be champions, but rather heroes

Playing the enemy has received rave reviews, was translated into 15 languages and was made into a film. An spectacular history that without any dobuts all people should know. I promise that you will like this book from beginning to end.

Personally, I think this book deserves to be most known, it’s very emotional, is full of little teachings and has got good reflections. I give to this book a valuation of 5/5

What’s your valuation for this book? I hope your opinion in the comments box and if you like this post, share it in your social networks. Thank you so much!

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Written by: Josué.


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