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REVIEW: Suspicion Nation by Lisa Bloom

Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It by Lisa Bloom
Published February 24th, 2014 by Counterpoint
Hardcover; 320 pages
Genre: Non-fiction, True Crime
Source: Library
Avg. Goodreads Rating: 4.16
My Rating:  ★★★★★

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 interviews with key trial participants and digging deeper into the evidence. Suspicion Nation outlines the six biggest mistakes made by the state of Florida that guaranteed it would lose this “winnable case,” and the laws and biases that created the conditions for this tragedy.

The only nonwhite juror tells her story of painful isolation in the jury room. Rachel Jeantel, the state’s star witness, reveals how poorly the state prepared her to testify and what went through her mind on the stand. The medical examiner reveals scientific evidence he wasn’t allowed to present. And a new examination of Trayvon’s school suspensions raises questions about racial profiling, all in a country divided over issues of race, gun laws, and violence.

Suspicion Nation is a riveting courtroom drama that shines a bright light on a case we only thought we knew. [Via Goodreads]


Lisa Bloom is not afraid to tell the ugly truth about racism in this country–the fact that it is very much alive and well, whether we want to admit it to ourselves or not. Bloom discusses in great detail the court room proceedings of the Trayvon Martin case by dissecting each move of the prosecutors, defense attorneys and the jurors. In doing so, it paints a sad, but illuminating picture of how our perceptions of others can paint our actions even when we think they do not come into play at all. More so, she discusses other cases where black males were gunned down by white shooters with little to no consequences. Additionally, in the second half of the book, Bloom discusses racism in America and the systemic racism that pervades our justice system–the system is only as good as the people that are a part of it and it shows.

No one is perfect. We all have our incorrect perceptions of others of all races but the fact remains that we must acknowledge itwe must discuss it. People are quite literally dying from our discomfort in talking about race. We have to do it, folks. We have to get the conversation going about this and I think this book is a wonderful way to open yourself up to doing so. I highly recommend this book.

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3 thoughts on “REVIEW: Suspicion Nation by Lisa Bloom

  1. Hello! I just discovered your blog via River City Reading – it’s lovely and I’m happy to start following you! I hadn’t heard of this book but will definitely be checking it out soon – thanks for this great review! Have you read Just Mercy by Brian Stevenson? If you haven’t, I highly recommend it. It has a similar theme of how our justice system fails minorities, focusing in particular on the death penalty. I wrote more about it here: http://www.booksuniverseeverything.com/2014/11/18/just-mercy-by-bryan-stevenson/

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