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Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It [Kindle Edition]

Lisa Bloom
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Book Description

Many thought the election of our first African American president put an end to the conversation about race in this country, and that America had moved into a post-racial era of equality and opportunity. Then, on the night of February 26, 2012, a black seventeen-year-old boy walking to a friend’s home carrying only his cell phone, candy, and a fruit drink, was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch coordinator.

And in July 2013, the trial of Zimmerman for murder captivated the public, as did his eventual acquittal.

In her provocative and landmark book, Suspicion Nation, Lisa Bloom, who covered the trial from gavel to gavel, posits that none of this was a surprise: Our laws, culture, and blind spots created the conditions that led to Trayvon Martin’s death, and made George Zimmerman’s acquittal by far the most likely outcome.

America today holds an unhealthy preoccupation with firearms that has led to the expansion of gun rights to surreal extremes. America now has not only the highest per capita gun ownership rate in the world (almost one gun per American), but the highest rate of gun deaths. Despite the strides America has made, fighting a bloody Civil War to end slavery, eradicating Jim Crow laws, teaching tolerance, and electing an African American president, racial inequality persists throughout our country, in employment, housing, education, the media, and most institutions. And perhaps most destructively of all, racial biases run deep in every level of our criminal justice system. Suspicion Nation captures a court system and a country conflicted and divided over issues of race, violence, and gun legislation.

Editorial Reviews


Praise for Suspicion Nation:

“A smart, fresh, powerful telling of the trial that riveted our country. Suspicion Nation is a stunning eye-opener about the Zimmerman case -- a 'must-read' for every intelligent American.” —Linda Fairstein, New York Times bestselling author

"With the mind of a lawyer and the eye of a journalist, Bloom achieves a remarkable double success: meticulously examining the evidence in this case while also placing the whole Zimmerman saga in a broad historical and cultural context." —Jeffrey Toobin, New York Times bestselling author of The Nine and The Oath

“Lisa Bloom brings her expert legal eye to the lethal cocktail of racial inequality, ludicrously outdated gun laws, and a culture of violence that led to the senseless killing of an unarmed seventeen-year-old boy. Read this book, get angry, and demand change.” —Piers Morgan, host of CNN's Piers Morgan Live.

"Riveting and brilliantly done. Suspicion Nation reads like a great courtroom drama and will ignite major re-examination of this iconic case." —Joy-Ann Reid, MSNBC Anchor

Suspicion Nation gets to the heart of all matters, both legal and racial. Lisa Bloom has given us a riveting analysis of one of the most profoundly disturbing cases of our time. Don't miss this book.” —Marcia Clark, New York Times bestselling author and lead prosecutor, California v. OJ Simpson

“This book is a crusading call for change – and a penetrating inventory of our racially divided country. It is a tribute to Bloom's candor that Suspicion Nation will make readers squirm. Her message has the potential to inspire a national dialogue, if we have the courage to read it.” —Jami Floyd, Legal Contributor, Al Jazeera America

“We know that somewhere the Trayvon Martin case went awry, but in Suspicion Nation Lisa Bloom shows us how wrong and reveals a lot we don't know about the case. Like a great civil rights lawyer Lisa has fought the good fight and exposed injustice." —Toure, author of Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness

“Bloom pulls no punches in scrutinizing every misstep and missed opportunity of the state prosecution. She also paints a global picture of the controversy surrounding the not-guilty verdict for Zimmerman, in that it was a clear-cut case of blatant racial profiling to just about everybody around the world except the majority of those on jury duty in that Florida courtroom… A much-needed factual antidote to the mainstream media coverage of Trayvon Martin's tragic story and the travesty of the George Zimmerman trial.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The first half of Bloom’s book, in which she dissects the trial itself, is riveting and quick-paced in the manner of all courtroom dramas. She proposes alternative ways of handling key witnesses and invents a far, far better closing argument than the one prosecutors used. By the time Bloom has taken us through her second theme — the violence and destruction that occur when fear and prejudice meet guns and overly broad self-defense laws — it’s hard not to despair as it seems certain there will be more Trayvon Martins in a ‘culture where guns blaze and our children fall.’” —Boston Globe

"Suspicion Nation is a thorough evisceration of the amateurish job done by the Florida prosecutors who tried Zimmerman... her analysis of the Zimmerman prosecution's many missteps is a compelling one.” —The Los Angeles Times

“Bloom creates a fast-paced courtroom drama that's surprisingly gripping considering how well-known the outcome is, while she relentlessly deconstructs the prosecutors' case against Zimmerman. She ultimately presents a devastating portrait of incompetence. Agree or disagree with Bloom's conclusion, readers nevertheless get an education in the fascinating world of criminal justice…Suspicion Nation ends with a stark picture of Americans' attitudes about race and makes an impassioned argument for a more open and honest national discussion about racial prejudice.” —Orange County Register

Suspicion Nation is an alarming, somewhat uncomfortable and brutally realistic look at race, stereotypes and violence in the United States.” —Shelf Awareness

About the Author

Lisa Bloom is the legal analyst for The Today Show, NBC News, and A daily fixture on American television for the last decade, Lisa regularly appears on CNN, HLN, and MSNBC. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Swagger and Think, and she has written numerous articles for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, The National Law Journal,, The Daily Beast, and others. She lives in Los Angeles where she runs her law firm, The Bloom Firm.

Product Details

  • File Size: 657 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 161902327X
  • Publisher: Counterpoint; First Trade Paper Edition edition (February 25, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read.... November 24, 2014
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Although much about the trial was known, the background from Lisa Bloom was invaluable. Her statistics were an eye-opener. If more people read this book, they would realize how skewered the Trayvon Martin trial was....and how George Zimmerman got away with murder! It was the prosecutors trial to win....they blew about racial profiling!....they should be ashamed of themselves.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much a civics lesson May 13, 2014
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I didn't expect the civics lesson. More on the murder and trial and maybe backgrounds of the principals would have been appreciated
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful work from an important legal voice February 21, 2015
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Lisa Bloom is brilliant I. Her deconstruction of the tragedy that was the Trayvon Martin murder and the subsequent trial of George Zimmerman is clear and eloquent. Her understanding of the psychology of human nature in the context of America's history of maltreatment of minorities by our country's institutions helps the reader to understand why the trial and slaying were clearly based in racial bias. This is a sobering read but a necessary one. Excellent work from both a legal and sociological perspective.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book September 22, 2014
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I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking to gain a better understanding of the racial tension and social issues that divide this county with a sharp focus on the issues surrounding the Trayvon Martin trial. She also asks some pointed questions of the prosecution in the case and, most telling, interviews one of the jurors (the only minority on the jury) to get a strong insight into the mindset of those charged with providing a fair and impartial verdict. I think anyone who believes that "racism is over" in this county because we elected a black president should read this book and hopefully get a reality check.
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27 of 42 people found the following review helpful
This book truly keeps the reader on the edge of their seat while it not only examines the Trayvon Martin case, but also the disturbing culture of violence and racial injustice in America. It breaks down all facets of the evidence in the case in a brilliant and eye-opening way and exposes the cultural issues that need to change in our racially divided country.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking March 19, 2014
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Thought provoking and an interesting read. A little convoluted in some areas. Even if you are sure you don't have any prejudices, you might think again after reading this.
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42 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Important Book for All Americans to Read February 27, 2014
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Lisa Bloom's book covers much more than the Trayvon Martin murder trial, it delves into the many reasons why this black youth was racially profiled and the racial bias we ALL hold (even though we think we don't). In addition to that, Bloom lays out the damaging effects of Stand Your Ground laws and the need for gun reform laws.

If this book doesn't make you stop and think about racism and gun violence in America, then you need to start over and re-read it.

The first half of the book lays out the errors made by the state in proscuting George Zimmerman, and reflects many of my own feelings as I watched this trial unfold. As I watched the Jordan Davis murder trial, once again I was constantly questioning what the state was doing, why were they letting so many important facts be presented in such an offhand manner? While Michael Dunn will likely spend the rest of his life in jail for the attempted murder of Jordan's friends, Jordan Davis has not received justice yet.

The second half of the book covers, in great detail, just how we, as Americans, have arrived at this place in history. Bloom has done her homework (apparently with her son's help!) and has provided startling statistics and studies that shine a light on just how far out in left field we are.

While you might feel the second half of the book drags a bit due to all the statistical information provided, you owe it to yourself to wade through it all and absorb it, because what happened to Trayvon and Jordan (and so many others), not only shouldn't have happened, we ALL must do our part to make sure it stops happening.
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15 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! March 19, 2014
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After having watch the Zimmerman trial I was very interested in this book. As usual, Lisa Bloom does not disappoint! But this book is so much more than about the Zimmerman trial! It is a fabulous book about the race relations in America today, and it's so well put that I am making my friends read it! I tried to explain the situations to one friend, but I couldn't articulate it properly. She would just go back to pointing out how there are so many more African American criminals in jail, and I just couldn't get her to understand it's because they are targeted by police & get unfair sentences.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is excellent!!
This book is excellent!!!it's informative,very well researched,and fair.I am a educated black female,retired registered nurse after 27yrs. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Joanne Fragher
1.0 out of 5 stars Sore Loser on the Left
What can one expect from an author who is so far to the left that she makes Michael Moore seem sane? Where to begin? Read more
Published 17 days ago by abe
4.0 out of 5 stars Fatal Failure by the State
Wow! Thank you so much for providing the details of how the prosecution who has no intent to HELP you will service a botched hand just in response to an outcry. Read more
Published 29 days ago by La'Dy Love
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
Loved this book! If you have heard and/or followed the Trayon Martin case in Flordia but have only listened to the sound bites - this is the book to read. Read more
Published 1 month ago by MMusic, Chicago
2.0 out of 5 stars she brings in irrelevant matters like Trayvon Martin's school record
This book is defective in several ways, primarily the complete lack of objectivity. The author omits relevant facts such as the extent of Zimmerman's injuries. Read more
Published 2 months ago by John J. Olson
5.0 out of 5 stars Improvement needed
Informative, gives the reader plenty to think about.
Published 2 months ago by Robert C. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars how I feel about martin and zimmerman
how did zimmerman know Trayvon Martin was a "burglar", or a "violent attacker" or anything else that they call him, when he decided to pursue him with his gun in the 1st place like... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Douglas B. Barr
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by JJ TERRELL III
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative
Lisa Bloom did an excellent job with this book in shedding some light on what happened during the trial. The mistakes made were clear after reading.
Published 4 months ago by Major L. King
5.0 out of 5 stars Injustice
A very sad and tragic true story. There are absolutely no grounds for Trayvon to have been shot. George Zimmerman has shown his true character many times since he was aquitted of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by sharonrae
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More About the Author

Lisa Bloom is an award-winning journalist, legal analyst, trial attorney, and the daughter of renowned women's rights attorney, Gloria Allred.

A daily fixture on American television for the last decade, Lisa appears regularly on CBS, CNN, HLN and MSNBC shows such as Dr. Phil, Issues With Jane Velez-Mitchell, Dr. Drew, Anderson Cooper 360, Politics Nation and The Situation Room. She has been featured on Oprah, Nightline, Today, Good Morning America, Rachael Ray, and many more, and she was a nightly panelist on The Insider throughout 2010. From 2001-2009, Lisa hosted her own daily, live, national show on Court TV, and she has guest-hosted Larry King Live, The Early Show, and Showbiz Tonight.

Lisa has written numerous popular and scholarly articles for the Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, the National Law Journal,, the Daily Beast, and many more. She has also been profiled, featured, and quoted in hundreds of publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Elle, Ladies' Home Journal, California Lawyer, Vegetarian Times, and Variety.

Lisa graduated early and Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA, where she was national college debate champion, and then from the Yale Law School, where she won the moot court competition. She currently lives in Los Angeles where she runs her law firm, The Bloom Firm. recently named her one of the top five celebrity attorneys in Los Angeles.

Lisa's first book, the New York Times bestseller Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World, was voted one of the top ten best nonfiction books of 2011 by the readers of Lisa has spoken to groups all over the world about the decline in American media and education, the negative influence of the beauty industry, the dumbing down of America, and how to reclaim our brains from our anti-intellectual culture.

A passionate vegan and animal rights activist, Lisa is a frequent world traveler. She lives in Los Angeles with her fiance and two rescue dogs.


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