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Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It Hardcover – February 25, 2014


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Counterpoint (February 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161902327X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1619023277
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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“Lisa Bloom brings her expert legal eye to the lethal cocktail of racial inequality, ludicrously outdated gun laws, and a culture of violence that led to the senseless killing of an unarmed seventeen-year-old boy.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 an award-winning journalist, trial attorney, and is currently the legal analyst for the Today Show and NBC News. A daily fixture on American television for the last decade, Lisa regularly appears on CNN, HLN, and MSNBC. Bloom is also the author of the bestselling Swagger: 10 Urgent Rules for Raising Boys in an Era of Failing Schools, Mass Joblessness and Thug Culture and Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World. She has been featured on Oprah, Dr. Phil, Nightline, Today, Good Morning America, and thousands of other shows, and she hosted her own show on Court TV for many years. She has written numerous articles for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, the National Law Journal, CNN.com, the Daily Beast, Avvo.com, and many more. She has also been profiled, featured, and quoted in hundreds of publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Elle, Vanity Fair, New York magazine, Ladies' Home Journal, California Lawyer, Vegetarian Times, and Variety. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her fiance and rescue dogs where she runs her law firm, The Bloom Firm.

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, CNN.com, 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. TheWrap.com 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 Goodreads.com. 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.

Customer Reviews

Until and unless we make some enormous changes in our society, we will continue to see young people like Trayvon Martin die.
Bottlekatz
All in all if this book was just part 2 I would give it 4 starts but part one dragged it down immensely, if your intrested in the evidence in this case look elsewhere.
Amazon Customer
Lisa Bloom does an excellent job as she focus on the mistakes of the prosecution during the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin trial.
Charles

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By cautious shopper on November 3, 2014
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I followed the Trayvon case from the beginning and she spells out clearly how this easily winnable case, was lost and why. Step by step. Absolutely in depth research and reporting by Ms. Bloom. The inability of such a seasoned prosecutor to present this tragic murder in a coherent matter was clearly presented. Bernie Del Rio has 29 years experience prosecuting cases yet acted like this was his first case out of law school.

The second part of her book, the statistical analysis of crime was very enlightening. Most crimes are committed by people in your own neighborhood and the illusion of a gated community offering safety is just that, an illusion
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. L. Paska on 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 it....talk about racial profiling!....they should be ashamed of themselves.
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25 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Alessandra on February 21, 2014
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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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13 of 20 people found the following review helpful By T. Statti on 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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39 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Have the T-shirt on 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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33 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Mary H. Stewart on April 9, 2014
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I didn't expect to find rational intelligence in this book; I bought it because I wanted to find out how she designed her argument. I found it quite as sleazy as I expected, and for that reason I was satisfied, and as a leader of the genre of special pleading I would award it the full five stars. It is amazing what she manages to omit: a reason for Mr. Zimmerman's head wounds and the entire testimony of witness #6, the most important defense witness, for starters. You could use it as a primer for devious and dishonest journalism (all too common.)
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23 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Michael Perine on March 31, 2014
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In this utterly biased review of the case, Bloom ignores the most compelling forensic and eye witness evidence and bases her analysis on the testimony of Rachel Jeantel, Trayvon Martin's girlfriend. Jeantel was not even on the scene, but tried to interpret events that she heard on her cell phone. Bloom concludes that Zimmerman's head was not banged against concrete, the Zimmerman approached Martin with his gun drawn and ignores forensic evidence that Zimmerman was lying prone when he fired the fatal shot and that Martin was straddling him. It is obvious that Bloom started with the conclusion that she wanted and then manipulated the evidence to reach it. Pure tripe.
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27 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Lee Regal on February 22, 2014
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From now on, everything that happens in the areas of gun control, race relations, and all related laws and legal action will fall into two categories, before or after the killing of Trayvon Martin. Whichever side you find yourself on, you need to read this book, which lays out every detail of the trial, through the eyes of one of the country's most passionate and knowledgeable attorneys, Lisa Bloom.

Not only is Suspicion Nation comprehensive and well-written, its legal issues are spelled out so clearly that you are able to channel Ms. Bloom's expertise. The book holds the reader from the very first page, plunging you into the fascinating personal story of the only juror of color - more gripping than anything you might read in a John Grisham novel.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in crime & punishment, and the state of where we are and where we are headed as a country.
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