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

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

by Lisa Bloom

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ISBN-13: 9781619024687
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 02/10/2015
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 868,735
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.70(h) x 3.50(d)

About the Author


Lisa Bloom is an award-winning journalist, legal analyst, 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 and Think. She has been featured on Oprah, Nightline, Today, Good Morning America, and many other shows. 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, 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. She currently lives in Los Angeles where she runs her law firm, The Bloom Firm.

Table of Contents

Foreword Jeffrey Toobin 1

Introduction: The Sixth Juror 5

Part 1 A Winnable Case is Lost

1 The People Demand an Arrest 35

2 The State Misses Its Best Evidence 49

3 Too Squeamish to Talk About Race 73

4 Bungling the Science 93

5 The State's Star Witness, Rachel Jeantel, Is Neutralized 123

6 Mishandling the 911 Call 151

7 Closing Arguments: A Disaster for the Prosecution 157

8 It's Not Over 175

Part 2 Fear and Lawlessness In Suspicion Nation

9 "Everyone's a Little Bit Racist" 193

10 One Nation, Overgunned 265

11 Bring It On, Make My Day, Stand Your Ground 279

Conclusion: Aligning Our Actions with Our CoreValues 293

Notes 299

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Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lisa Bloom does it again! While taking you, step by step through the George Zimmerman murder trial, Lisa exposes the prejudices, and injustice, that led to the needless death of a young, innocent, teen-age boy. In this riveting book, we learn how the jury in this trial, arrived at the shocking, not guilty verdict of a killer. Revealed is the continued truth, of racial and social bias in America today
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put the book down.  Lisa Bloom answered a lot of questions that I hadn't come to terms with following the trial.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A vital, urgent, and fascinating book. It reads like a courtroom drama but also gives a big picture look at race and the legal system in our country, combined with expert analysis on what went wrong in the Martin/Zimmerman case. A deeply insightful book.
BookMonkeys More than 1 year ago
I've read all of Lisa Bloom's books. The first thing that I noticed and liked about this book (and Lisa Bloom's previous books) is the two-part format. I like that the first part of the book discusses the problem and second is her analysis of the solution. The first half of the book talks about the Zimmerman trial, the facts the lead up to Trayvon Martin's death and how the prosecution bungled their winnable case. The second half of the book discusses our "implicit bias" and how racism plays such a big role in our society. It forces the reader to think about our own biases and how we can address them. The trial analysis and discussion of racism is written so powerfully - in a way only Lisa Bloom can do. I highly recommend you read this book. It's not just about George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin - it's about all of us. A really great read.
AlessandraF More than 1 year ago
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.
Happy-Reader0 More than 1 year ago
Extremely interesting book. Lots of new info and a fascinating discussion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Suspicion Nation brilliantly dives into one of the most important and disturbing cases of our time, exploring the legal and social aspects of what really went wrong in the Zimmerman case. A true page-turner, this is a must-read for every American.
GreatBooks1WowEC More than 1 year ago
Stunning! I expected this would be great because I love this commentator on TV, but it is really extraordinary. I couldn't put it down. It is fascinating, disturbing, and inspiring at once. Highly recommended.
TashaTexas More than 1 year ago
I am still amazed that someone had the courage to say what most conscientious Americans were thinking while watching the trial of George Zimmerman with utter shock and horror. Although many of us were not aware of every detail of the case the premise behind Zimmerman’s story did not pass the smell test. While watching the reenactment he did for police it always struck me as odd that they never asked him to mimick the encounter he claims he had with Trayvon Martin. As Lisa Bloom pointed out in her book they did not have him show them how he was able to retrieve his gun while on his back with someone sitting on his chest. The way he bent his arm in the reenactment was itself impossible because he was lying on a flat surface. It also struck me as odd that the police never asked him to show them how he came to be about 40 feet away from where he claims the encounter started. Indeed if he was able to stay on his feet for that amount of time he was not immobilized immediately. It would also appear that he went towards Martin as Martin retreated if his story was true. Most Americans expect that when you shoot a teen that may have been screaming for his life (Zimmerman has yet to claim that Trayvon never screamed at all) then the story behind the encounter must make sense. Lisa Bloom was able to expertly lay out a case against Zimmerman that the state of Florida never laid out due to either lack of interest, racial bias or both. I applaud Ms. Bloom for having the courage to say what many believed after watching the trial, George Zimmerman got away with murder.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a courtroom drama -- but so, so much more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A brilliant and very important book. I read every word in about one week -- Lisa Bloom is an incredibly accessible writer -- and I finished feeling both heart-broken and inspired at once. I don't just recommend, I urge people to read this. You will be moved -- one way or another you will be very moved.
8LIMBS More than 1 year ago
Another great book from and exceptional author! This is the third book I have read from Lisa Bloom, and the third time I have found myself glued to the pages. Her writing style and choice of words are second to none. I found the information to be well rounded and unbiased. Her culmination of facts have demonstrated what I have believed all along...It's time we really open our eyes and see the whole picture. While we have come a long way, we still have a lot of growing to do! We need authors like this to provoke the uncomfortable truths we often choose to neglect. Her books "Think" and "Swagger" sit high on our bookshelf and even closer to our hearts. "Suspicion Nation" has joined them. Thank You Lisa Bloom!!! Keep um come'n!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is well written and intriguing. I also read Cashill's book so I could be as unbiased as possible. That book was a great read as well. As to my opinion about the case, there wasn't enough evidence for a guilty verdict. Ihad sympathy for George, and thought he was a good person who was trying to do a good thing but due to his impulsivity and lack of judgement set things going on trajectory that ended in a tragedy. Obviously, when a kid dies it is tragedy no matter what the circumstances, but Trayvon was no saint, let's face it. One thing I think about the way this book is written is that the author was very patronizing and condesendig towards the juror named Maddy. She should have had more respect for Maddy. She makes her sound like an idiot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stunning book, so lucidly written, so persuasive and shocking, so illuminating. An absolute must read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why are almost all of the 5 star reviews written before the book came out? Publishing date is listed as march 4th!
Nascardinal More than 1 year ago
Can I give it 0 stars!!! Do you really expect somebody from NBC to write an accurate book on this situation? Get real. They were sued by Zimmerman for their biased reporting. A suit that was recently dismissed by the same trial judge (and how she got the civil case is beyond me.) If you want a more accurate view of the case read "If I Had A Son" by Jack Cashill or watch his YouTube video of his CSPAN book talk. And all these 5 star reviews are hilarious. Seems like a copy and paste from the BGI.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another fact free anti-ZImmerman diatribe full of speculation, misstatements, and absent of truth. Containing fantasy role paying scenarios where the moonbat actually imagines cross examining witnesses. A book of lies. Read Cashill's book instead, it actually tells the truth.