From Prisoner to President: The World-Changing Work of Nelson Mandela

By Felix Kessler. Images Edited By Bloomberg Photos. - 2013-12-05T23:27:21Z

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Mandela’s skills and insight into his country’s passion for sports, shown in the 2009 movie “Invictus,” led him to forge a remarkable national unity that helped South Africa gain an upset victory in the 1995 Rugby World Cup in Johannesburg.

Left, Mandela congratulates Springboks captain Francois Pienaar after handing him the Rugby World Cup trophy at Ellis Park on June 24, 1995.