Nelson Mandela (1918 – 2013) – Rest in Peace

On October 16, I wrote about Nelson Mandela as described in the book Playing the Enemy. 

Mandela was one of the greatest leaders of our times. 

Each year, the college where I work chooses a “common reading” for the incoming Freshman class. I plan to nominate John Carlin’s Playing the Enemy. (Anyone can make a nomination. I’m not entitled to a vote…) It’s well written and gripping, and the sports angle might have fairly wide appeal. One criterion is that the author must be available to speak at the college. Carlin is alive and (according to Wikipedia) resides in Spain. So it’s not out of the question! 

I hope, over the next few days, that Mandela’s life and work will receive wide attention. Maybe it will lead to some creative thinking about the many places now plagued by war and injustice.


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