Long Walk To Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela.
by Mandela, Nelson
South Africa: MacDonald Purnell, 1994. First South African edition, later printing. Octavo, original black cloth. Boldly signed and Dated in 1995 by Nelson Mandela. This example is a limited autographed edition in celebration of the 1995 Rugby World Cup. The 1995 Rugby Cup was immortalized in the 2009 film Invictus starring, Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. While attending a game between the Springboks, the country's rugby union team, and England, Mandela recognizes that the blacks in the stadium are cheering for England, as the mostly-white Springboks represent prejudice and apartheid in their minds; he remarks that he did the same while imprisoned on Robben Island. Knowing that South Africa is set to host the 1995 Rugby World Cup in one year's time, Mandela persuades a meeting of the newly black-dominated South African Sports Committee to support the Springboks. He then meets with the captain of the Springboks rugby team, Francois Pienaar, and implies that a Springboks victory in the World Cup will unite and inspire the nation. Mandela also shares with Francois a British poem, "Invictus", that had inspired him during his time in prison. The Springboks win the match and Mandela and Pienaar meet on the field together to celebrate the improbable and unexpected victory. "The Nelson Mandela who emerges from his memoir is considerably more human than the icon of legend Mandela is, on the evidence of his amazing life, neither a messiah nor a moralist nor really a revolutionary but a pragmatist to the core, a shrewd balancer of honor and interests. He is, to use a word unhappily fallen into disrepute, a politician, though one distinguished from lesser practitioners of his calling mainly by his unwavering faith in his ultimate objective, ending white minority rule" (New York Times).
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