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A provocative examination of race, gun laws, and violence that exposes how the state of Florida bungled the Trayvon Martin case through new interviews and revelations about the trial.

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. 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 audiobook Suspicion Nation, 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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

  • “Attorney and high-profile television legal analyst Bloom brings passion and poise to the audio edition of her new title, which deconstructs the racial tensions surrounding the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. As an accomplished courtroom correspondent, she is particularly adept in voicing the elements of her narrative directly tied to the trial.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A veteran civil rights attorney confronts the injustices of the controversial Trayvon Martin case and America’s dubious post-9/11 gun laws…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

  • “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.”

    Touré, author of Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness

  • “Riveting and brilliantly done. Suspicion Nation reads like a great courtroom drama and will ignite major reexamination of this iconic case.”

    Joy-Ann Reid, MSNBC Anchor

  • “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

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About the Author
Author Lisa Bloom

Lisa Bloom is an award-winning journalist, legal analyst, and trial attorney. She is currently the CBS News and CNN legal analyst and appears frequently on The Early Show, and on CNN and HLN prime-time shows. She is a regular legal expert on The Dr. Phil Show and has guest-hosted Larry King Live, The Early Show, and Showbiz Tonight. A graduate of Yale Law School and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UCLA, Lisa currently lives in Los Angeles.