Up From The Mission
by Noel Pearson
Black Inc., 2009, paperback, ISBN 9781863954280
Very Good Condition, a little edge and shelf wear, crease to half-title page, uncreased spine
'This is writing of great passion and power, which introduces a fascinating man and a compelling writer. Many of the pieces included have been hard to find until now. Gathered together in a cohesive, broad-ranging book, they show a key Australian thinker coming into being.
Pearson evokes his early life in Hope Vale, Queensland. He includes sections of his epoch-making essay Our Right to Take Responsibility, which exposed the trap of passive welfare and proposed new ways forward. There are pieces on the apology; on Barack Obama and black leadership; on Australian party politics - Keating, Howard and Rudd; and on alcoholism, despair and what can be done to mend Aboriginal communities that have fallen apart.'