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

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What went wrong behind the scenes in the Trayvon Martin case? Why does America endure so many tragic shootings like this one? These are the questions at the heart of Suspicion Nation.

Bestselling author, trial attorney, and NBC News analyst Lisa Bloom covered the murder trial and was appalled by what she witnessed. Bloom now exposes the injustice, conducting new in-depth in
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published February 25th 2014 by Counterpoint
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Dan
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.
Brandi
I won this book from the Goodreads website.
Unfortunately, for those who followed the story, the book does not really give any new information that has not already been discussed. It does, however, a great job of pointing out some of the mistakes made by the prosecution during the case. First, they did not expose Zimmerman’s earlier calls to 911, which had overt racist innuendo and overtones, despite the fact they had won the earlier case that gave them the power to do so. Also, due to the locat
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Sarah
Must read for everyone who thought there was something seriously off about the Trayvon Martin case and verdict. Bloom does her own investigation after the verdict is handed down and the results are SHOCKING and APPALLING. The first half of the book is about how the prosecutors screwed up big time (and possibly why they dropped the ball) and the second half is a look at race issues in America and how we need to start changing our way of thinking.

All of Bloom's books are extremely readable and fas
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Emily
Lisa Bloom is one of the most passionate, thought-provoking authors I've read in the last few years. I loved her book "Think" and so I wanted to pick this one up as well. I had actually somehow avoided hearing anything about the Trayvon Martin case, so it was a fascinating guide to racial injustice and a bit of a disheartening tale of the continued segregation and racism in our country. I really respect her as a person, not only for the civil rights work she does, but for being willing to openly ...more
Meave
I've read some critical reviews of this book that got facts wrong, like, "Lisa Bloom didn't interview any of the witnesses," or "Lisa Bloom offers a television personality's take on the trial." Well, 1. Yes, she does, and 2. She's smart and self-aware and this book is great. Another one for the required reading pile. It's depressing and horrifying and seriously important.
Meg Ulmes
I hope that many, many Americans will read this book and become more sensitive to the issues that it raises: racism's effect on American culture, guns, and our legal system. Lisa Bloom brings a common sense perspective to the issues that dominate the Trayvon Martin shooting. She lays out specifically what the prosecution in that case could have and should done in that case to get a conviction. I really recommend this book to everyone.
Barbra
Very informative of how the legal system works. 1st part of book was about how the prosecutors could have done better in asking questions, presenting evidence, prepping witness. Also juries of six should have been more of a mix rather than 5 white women, 1 black women. All of which shows why they lost the case. Opened my eyes on how things work in a courtroom and learned a lot about our justice-legal system.
2nd part of book was very thought provoking. Are blacks & minorities
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Esther Bradley-detally

This is an important book. It is not light reading as far as subject matter, but Lisa Bloom writes fluently, fluidly, clearly, cogently, and oh dear, I, a writer have just thrown out so many forbidden adverbs onto the pages. Suspicion National is ever so well researched.

As a trial lawyer, she details how the "winnable case was lost" An only nonwhite juror tells her story of loneliness and isolation during the trial. The states key witness was not prepared. Bloom leaves no legal detail unexamined
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Marla
I really didn't want to read this book. I heard Lisa Bloom give a talk recently and I perceived her as a "rock star" persona, playing to the crowd. And this is the third non-fiction book in a row I've read on race...I wanted a break from the topic. But, I recently joined a discussion group on what's happening in Ferguson (a suburb of my ST Louis). They wanted to read the book...so I reluctantly bought it.

The book is divided into two parts. The first being the Trayvon Martin case, the second bein
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Susan
In Suspicion Nation Lisa Bloom, a trial attorney and a legal analyst for MSNBC and NBC, carefully lays out the evidence in the Trayvon Martin murder trial and explains why the verdict was the prosecution's loss, not the defense's success as is often claimed. Failure to prepare witnesses--any witness from Rachel Jeantel to the medical examiner--failure to look carefully at the evidence, failure to provide the jury with a viable alternate theory of the crime were all present. It was a perfect stor ...more
Amy
This is a very well written work of nonfiction. Often books of this type can come off as preachy, or dry. Bloom has a way of explaining the facts in a clear, non-accusatory way that meticulously lays out all of the wrong turns of the Travon Martin/George Zimmerman debacle as well as all of the social constructs and preconceived notions that resulted in the outcome of the court case and others like it. This book is both informative and entertaining.

The first half of the book looks at every aspect
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Yvonne
This book really surprised me. It was very well written and written clearly. And, it is about far more than the trial. The author did her research and her ideas are well though out.

A sad book, but very insightful. I came away with the feeling that the case was deliberately thrown.

I will check out other books by this author.
Lori

In the first half of this book Bloom covers the Zimmerman trial delving into mistakes made by the prosecution - it was fascinating. From missing key points to leaving witness Rachel Jeantel completely unprepared for her testimony, it was almost as if the prosecution didn't even try.

In the second half she discuss racism in America. I was intrigued by every part of this well written, well researched book. In fact, I read it quite slowly so that I could really absorb the statistics and such. Some o
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Amanda
This is a very basic book. If you were outraged by the Zimmerman/Martin trial, this is a good book to read, as the author lays out a step by step account of the missteps of the trial, but the latter half of the book feels like a simplified account of The New Jim Crow.
Still, this book will probably be more easily paletable for the people in your life who haven't read The New Jim Crow either because of the title, or because it was written by a black woman, and the focus on legal cases makes the en
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Chris Sosa
'Suspicion Nation' is a fantastic read for anyone left wondering how Trayvon Martin's killer walked free. Lisa Bloom illuminates interlocking legal and cultural constructs in a refreshingly accessible way. She has a casual, conversational style. But the research behind this work is intensely grounded.

Bloom also avoids the easy, unnervingly common route of trading substance for affected language to manufacture outrage. The facts are outrageous enough on their own, and they speak with chilling cl
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Dawn Ellis
This book was really important for me in understanding what happened with the jury in this case. I think it brings out how important it is to investigate our own hidden biases, so that we can look at issues of unfair treatment (especially the use of deadly force) and dangerous misperceptions. People are recording police officers completely overreacting and escalating the violence in situations and confrontations to the point that unarmed citizens are being killed. This book helps uncover some of ...more
Robert
Another book that should piss you off for all the right reasons...
Mike
This is about the Prosecution that did not want to work the case against Zimmerman on the Trayvon Martin case, and went out to destroy it. The subtext is racism in America. Most readers are much more impressed with this book, for me it's a borderline 4. Lisa Bloom like her mother Gloria Allred, is a lawyer in civil rights and covered the case for MSNBC and others. The author is angry and disgusted with the American legal system that targets minorities, especially blacks. Her narrative proves the ...more
Holly
I think I expected more of this book. There wasn't much in it that I wasn't already aware of as far as the "why we continue to repeat it" part: systemic racism in the justice system, implicit racial biases held by everyone, poverty and its connection. The first part of the book, which dealt with the Trayvon Martin case itself was pretty interesting, particularly the parts where the author created the arguments/cross-examinations that the prosecution should have used. However, even here, I'd alre ...more
Hannah Banks
Suspicion Nation was an amazing book for me to read. I usually am not all that into books about change is needed in America or learning the hidden secrets about our so called "Wonderful Country". I mean those books are boring and do not grab my attention whatsoever, and those are the kind of books you "read" at school (or use spark notes for).
The reason why I came to read this book is because I want to become a cop, and in one of my Criminal Justice class we talked about Stand Your Ground Law,
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Sharon Darrow
This book made me mad, then broke my heart. Finding out all the evidence that was not presented or covered by the prosecution of Zimmerman was horrifying. But then, reading statistics about the uneven and unfair way black Americans are treated in our education and the justice systems broke my heart. Until and unless we make some enormous changes in our society, we will continue to see young people like Trayvon Martin die.
Nazia Zennia
4.5/5

A very important book clearly outlining one of the biggest stories of the past few years and the outrage that came from it. It explores the state of our world in the 21st century and how deluded so many of us are into thinking that racism and racial profiling are not prominent. An eye opening venture into the Trayvon Martin case and all the factors that played into the acquittal of George Zimmerman.
Donna Sandidge
I picked up this book based on what turned out to be a very short forward by an author I love. Wow - I know a LOT about the Trayvon Martin injustice now. Lisa Bloom is a fantastic writer- smart, witty, great with words. I loved her writing. This book does not inspire any faith in a trial by jury and is alternately frightening, sad, maddening and inspiring. WELL worth reading if you think that just because we now have an African American president our nation has evolved.

I would give it a five but
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Laura Myers
Yes, I was, and am obsessed with the Trayvon Martin case. Lisa brought her legal expertise and analyst skills to a highly publicized case. It was enthralling and disheartening to be brought face-to-face with the mishandling of this case. What should have been a John Grisham fictitious novel was the stark reality that is the death of a young, African-American man.
Britt Wisenbaker
Bloom deftly explains all of the ways in which Trayvon Martin was undermined by Florida's courts, society's subconscious biases, and the slight cunning of his murderer to play on them. Every gun nut/Second Amendment advocate should have to listen to this before they again claim that Zimmerman's trial was a case of the system "working."
Samantha
Detailed, ethical, honest. Bold and clear on systemic American racism and gun violence. A cold drink of water in a long, hot night. Read it and talk about it. Get this book into the hands of teenagers and young leaders and old people, alike. Let it prompt us to have the courage we need to be better.
Alistair
A really interesting and timely read.

This is the sort of book that should be read by high school students, not only in America but Other "first world countries."

The tragedy of the Martin case is a perfect spring board for serious discussions on race, relations, justice, guns ( and the lack of their control) and social issues that perpetuate throughout modern societies.

Tiffany
The tragedy and complexity of the Trayvon Martin case attracted me to read anything I could in regards to the case. Bloom's book does an excellent job of covering all the issues related to the case, from implicit and explicit racism, to gun ownership laws, to stand your ground laws. My biggest concerns from the book stemmed from her initial chapters describing the juror, Maddy's experience. Those entire passages are more gossip-oriented and utterly ridiculous and diminish Bloom's clout - clout t ...more
Lauren
This may be the most enraging book I've ever read, mostly because the author makes such a devastating case for why George Zimmerman never should have gone free, and how the prosecution failed both Trayvon Martin and our country. If you're searching for a way to understand the rage in Ferguson over Michael Brown's death, particularly as a white person, this is an excellent place to start.
Lauren
A comprehensive review of what went wrong and what we can learn from the tragic death of Trayvon.
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“[A] person is justified in the use of deadly force and does not have a duty to retreat if:             (1) He or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself.” 0 likes
“To many, Zimmerman appeared to have racially profiled Trayvon and shot and killed him based on the deepest, ugliest stereotypes still embedded in the American psyche: that blacks are criminals, dangerous—“they” get away with their crimes—“they” must be watched, followed—those assholes. Most of black America grasped immediately that a boy was dead from those prejudices.” 0 likes
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