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“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“Lisa Bloom brings her expert legal eye to the lethal cocktail of racial inequality, ludicrously outdated gun laws, and a culture of violence that led to the senseless killing of an unarmed seventeen-year-old boy.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.
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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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #582,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It took me a year to read this book! Not because it was difficult or my busy schedule. It took me so long because it was so full of troubling, thought-provoking prose. "'Whites commit crimes. Blacks are criminals.'" That is an example of Ms. Block's expertise. I am a civil attorney. Her description of the trial and the jurors, and national community sentiment were masterful. It is a difficult book to read because it requires total engagement. I think it is one of the most interesting books I have recently read.
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This book is a little one sided but worth reading. The author made some good points about the racial problem in the United States and why there seems to be so many black young men acting badly. She opened my eyes to possibilities that the community as a whole creates an atmosphere that promotes failure. There are things that can be changed to help young black teeneagers do better in school and in life. Read it and you may find something worthwhile and thought provoking.
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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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I somewhat followed this trial and was totally dumb-founded by the outcome. I also don't think a true and honest conversation can happen by pretending that race does not matter. It is the elephant in the middle room. The book stated statistics and pertinent information about the topic of race that I believe is helpful to all who truly want to evaluate how they truly feel about who they are and how they view others. We cannot move from point A to point B on racial issues by pretending we, as a Nation, do not have a problem. There is an absolute problem, and it will not go away by acting as though there is not one at all.
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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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I found this book fascinating, interesting, and so informative. After so much media coverage of the Trayvon Martin case, it was hard to know what exactly to think or pay attention to. But Lisa Bloom explains things in a way that make sense and can be understood by a very wide audience. Unfortunately, given recent events, her book is now more relevant than ever. We really do "continue to repeat it," and Bloom provides an insightful look into why.
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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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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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