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Suspicion Nation

The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Are Doomed to Repeat It

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February 10, 2015 | Paperback | 6 x 9, 320 Pages | ISBN 9781619024687
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"Lisa Bloom's Suspicion Nation is more than an indictment of the racist American justice system that failed Trayvon Martin—it also asks the question, Why do we continue to be bitterly divided over issues of color and gun legislation?" —Vanity Fair

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.

The public, especially African-American journalists and activists, clamored for the media to pay attention to the killing of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. The July 2013 trial of Zimmerman for murder captivated the nation, as did his eventual and shocking acquittal. Any belief that we lived in a post-racial America was shattered.

In her provocative and landmark book, 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. A trial lawyer herself, Bloom details how the “winnable case was lost” through new in-depth interviews of key trial participants. The only nonwhite juror tells her story of loneliness and isolation during the trial. The state’s medical examiner describes a scientific theory he wanted to raise during his testimony but could not. Rachel Jeantel, the state’s star witness and the last person to speak to Trayvon Martin, reveals how poorly the state prepared her to testify and what went through her mind when she was on the stand. And a new examination of Trayvon’s school suspensions raises troubling questions about racial profiling against the teenager at his own high school.

And the injustice continues, as more shootings, especially of unarmed African Americans, plague our nation. Gun rights have been expanded to surreal extremes, as the U.S. has the highest per capita gun ownership rate in the world and more gun deaths than any other developed country. Despite the strides America has made, racial inequality persists in employment, housing, education, the media, and most institutions. And perhaps most destructively of all, racial biases run deep in every phase of our criminal justice system.

The Trayvon Martin case was iconic. It forced the country to stare unflinchingly into a family’s grief and the biases of a nation that created the conditions for it. Suspicion Nation expertly captures the state of a country conflicted not only about the Trayvon Martin injustice but divided over issues of race, violence, and gun legislation.

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, The Today Show, 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,, 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.


“Lisa Bloom’s Suspicion Nation is more than an indictment of the racist American justice system that failed Trayvon Martin—it also asks the question, Why do we continue to be bitterly divided over issues of color and gun legislation?” —Vanity Fair

“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.” —Boston Globe

“…Suspicion Nation is a thorough evisceration of the amateurish job done by the Florida prosecutors who tried Zimmerman… [Bloom’s] analysis of the Zimmerman prosecution’s many missteps is a compelling one… Bloom does a good job of telling us why the prosecutors failed to hold Zimmerman to account for his actions that rainy night.” —Los Angeles Times

“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

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

“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

“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 Piers Morgan Live

“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. As a great civil rights lawyer Lisa has fought the good fight and exposed injustice.” —Touré, cultural critic and author of Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness

“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

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 for California v. OJ Simpson

“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

“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 of Death Angel

“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 analyst for Al Jazeera America

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