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Tall Man: The Death of Doomadgee


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ISBN13: 9781416561590
ISBN10: 1416561595
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andlt;bandgt;In 2004 on Palm Island,andlt;/bandgt; an Aboriginal settlement in the "Deep North" of Australia, a thirty-six-year-old man named Cameron Doomadgee was arrested for swearing at a white police officer. Forty minutes later he was dead in the jailhouse. The police claimed he'd tripped on a step, but his liver was ruptured. The main suspect was Senior Sergeant Christopher Hurley, a charismatic cop with long experience in Aboriginal communities and decorations for his work. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Chloe Hooper was asked to write about the case by the pro bono lawyer who represented Cameron Doomadgee's family. He told her it would take a couple of weeks. She spent three years following Hurley's trail to some of the wildest and most remote parts of Australia, exploring Aboriginal myths and history and the roots of brutal chaos in the Palm Island community. Her stunning account goes to the heart of a struggle for power, revenge, and justice. Told in luminous detail, Tall Man is as urgent as andlt;iandgt;Bury My Heart at Wounded Kneeandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;The Executioner's Song.andlt;/iandgt; It is the story of two worlds clashing — and a haunting moral puzzle that no reader will forget.


Hooper's brilliant and searing account of the death of Cameron Doomadgee is written with the pace of a thriller. "Tall Man" tells the story of what happened to one man in an Aboriginal community and provides insight into a world few have ever seen.

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andlt;Bandgt;Chloe Hooper andlt;/Bandgt;was born in Melbourne in 1973.andnbsp;She was educated at the University of Melbourne and as a Fulbright Scholar at Columbia University, New York. Her first novel, andlt;iandgt;A Childand#8217;s Book of True Crime,andlt;/iandgt; was a andlt;iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/iandgt; Notable Book and short-listed for the Orange Prize.andnbsp;She lives inandnbsp;Australia.andnbsp;

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M F Hadley, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by M F Hadley)
Chloe Hooper may be trained as a journalist, but her prose makes this story read like a good novel - her words ebb and flow with the events as they unfold. The story revolves around the death of Doomadgee, an Aboriginal Australian who dies of dubiously-earned wounds while in custody of an almost all-white police force. The particular cop who caused (allegedly) Doomadgee's death has an interesting history with Aboriginal Australians and in recanting this history Ms. Hooper plumbs the dark corners of racism that impact Australian society to this day. Although the end is not very satisfying, it is a stark reminder of how far we (colonizers) have yet to go to right the wrongs done whilst our ancestors were busy claiming new country for the crown.
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Hooper, Chloe
Scribner Book Company
Anthropology - General
Sociology - General
Australia & New Zealand - General
Australia & New Zealand - Australia
Doomadgee, Mulrunji
Hurley, Chris
World History-Australia and New Zealand
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8.44 x 5.5 in 13.02 oz

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