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  • Published: 17 May 2022
  • ISBN: 9781787635845
  • Imprint: Bantam Press
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $35.00

His Name Is George Floyd

One man's life and the struggle for racial justice




Written by two award-winning reporters with unprecedented access, this is the only definitive biography of George Floyd.

The murder of George Floyd sparked a fiery summer of activism and unrest all over the world in 2020, with peaceful protests sometimes erupting into violent clashes. From Shetland to Sao Paolo, from Honolulu to Hobart, people marched under the Black Lives Matter banner, decrying Floyd's death and demanding an end to racial injustice. The movement has led corporations to redouble their efforts, universities to refocus on inclusion, and government officials to examine the causes of systemic inequality. Drawing on The Washington Post's unrivalled archives, in-depth reporting and award-winning series on Floyd, His Name Is George Floyd is a definitive biography that dives deep into the myriad ways that structural racism shaped Floyd's life and death. Telling his personal story within the context of America's troubled race history, it features fresh and exclusive reporting as well as unparalleled access to Floyd's family and the people who were closest to the man whose name has become one of the most recognized on the planet. By zooming in for an intimate portrait of this one, emblematic life, while also pulling back to profile the institutions that shaped it, the authors deliver a powerful exploration of institutional racism and of a public reckoning of unprecedented breadth and intensity.

  • Published: 17 May 2022
  • ISBN: 9781787635845
  • Imprint: Bantam Press
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $35.00

About the authors

Robert Samuels

Robert Samuels is a national political enterprise reporter at The Washington Post. He has traveled across the United States over the course of three presidencies to write human stories about politics, race and the changing American identity.

Toluse Olorunnipa

Toluse Olorunnipa is a political enterprise reporter for The Washington Post and a CNN analyst. Reporting from five continents and more than forty states during three presidencies, he has documented the real-world impact of the White House and federal policy on underserved communities.

Praise for His Name Is George Floyd

In painstaking detail and textured storytelling, Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa reveal how George Floyd fought to live his entire life. Since we know George Floyd's death with tragic clarity, we must know Floyd's America - and life - with tragic clarity. His Name Is George Floyd is essential for our times.

Ibram X. Kendi, author of <i>How to Be an Antiracist</i>

This book is a wondrous feat of vivid writing and deep reporting, from the way it leads the reader through George Floyd's final fateful day on earth to its masterly account of Floyd's hopes and frustrations in the larger context of race in America.

David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author of <i>Barack Obama: The Story</i>

In the years that have passed since his dying declaration - I can't breathe - we have come to know George Floyd as a symbol but have known little of George Floyd the man. In a monumental work of reporting and storytelling, Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa reveal who George Floyd was in life, and the extent to which his death was the result not just of the callous choices of a single police officer but of four hundred years of societal decisions to devalue Black life. Amid a raging pandemic and urgent questions about our democracy, there has been little time to mourn George Floyd. The pages of this book provide us all with that that long-overdue opportunity.

Wesley Lowery, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author of <i>They Can't Kill Us All: The Story of the Struggle for Black Lives</i>

His Name Is George Floyd is a sobering, deeply intimate account of George Floyd's life and all that he had to carry and contend with as a Black man coming of age in America. In a remarkable feat of reporting, Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa help us come to know Floyd as a full, rich, complicated human being, whose murder and whose journey in life forces us to reckon with the unquestionable truth that race still very much matters in this country. Thank you Samuels and Olorunnipa for taking us behind the headlines.

Alex Kotlowitz, author of <i>There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America</i>

A much-needed portrait of the life, times, and martyrdom of George Floyd, a chronicle of the racial awakening sparked by his brutal and untimely death, and an essential work of history I hope everyone will read.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., author of <i>The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song</i>

A vivid, necessary portrait of a Black man in America, in all its nuance, tragedy, and fullness. In his death, George Floyd's name became a rallying cry for the entire world. And this extraordinary book brings to life, with thoroughly reported detail, the indispensable context of systemic racism in which he lived.

Abby Phillip, CNN anchor and senior political correspondent

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