Invictus – ‘Nelson Mandela And The Game That Made A Nation’ was previously published as 'Playing The Enemy.'
As a previous reviewer points out, perhaps sixty percent of this book reviews Mandela's overall life: his views, his survival instincts, events leading up to his time in prison, and his time in prison but in particular the late period of incarceration when the South African Government had concluded that Apartheid had to end. Government officials had started to take a measure of Mandela to see if they could work with him and bring about a change in South Africa, one they could sell to the Afrikaner mentality, while securing their way of life and livelihood, and become a nation the world could accept. The second half of this book was more in tune with the movie Invictus.
The atrocities that were committed on the original population of South Africa and the injustice of the government were described in detail in this book. Another movie, 'Cry Freedom,' basically the Stephen Biko story also comes to mind. A young Denzel Washington plays Stephen Biko in this exceptional movie.
It was enlightening to have the opportunity to get to know more about certainly one of the greatest human beings of the last Century. A man that history must admire as many admire Mahatma Gandhi of India. I quote from page 256: It took a rare wisdom for Mandela to say to his people, as he paraphrased it for the author in an interview, "I understand your anger. But if you are building a new South Africa you ought to be prepared to work with people you don't like."
As Mandela would recite in his years in captivity, "I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul," - William Earnest Benley 1849-1903.
I thoroughly enjoyed the movie Invictus starring Morgan Freeman as Mandela and Matt Damon as Francois Pienaar, Captain of the rugby team the Springbok. Both actors were at the top of their game.
While this book is certainly not as entertaining as the exceptional movie ‘Invictus,’ it is very informative and worth the read by those who want to know more about this truly exceptional man. Recommended by Senior Doctor-at-Bass Fishing, D.A.