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The incredible story of the death of Eric Garner, the birth of the 'Black Lives Matter' movement and the new faultlines of race, protest, policing and the power of people

The incredible story of the death of Eric Garner, the birth of the 'Black Lives Matter' movement and the new fault lines of race, protest, policing and the power of people.

On July 17, 2014, Eric Garner died in New York City after a police officer put him in what has been described as a "chokehold" during an arrest for selling "loosies," or single cigarettes. The final moments of his life were captured on video and seen by millions, sparking an international series of protests that built into the transformative "Black Lives Matter" movement. Weeks after Garner's death, two New York City police officers were killed by a young black man from Maryland, in what he claimed was revenge for Garner's death. Those killings in turn led to police protests, clashes with New York's new liberal mayor, and an eventual work slow-down.

Matt Taibbi, bestselling author and “the best polemic journalist in America” explores the roots and aftermath of Eric Garner’s death and tells a compelling story of the crime, the grand jury, the media circus, the murder of the police, and the protests from every side. The result is a riveting work of literary journalism that breaks new ground and provides a masterful narrative of urban America, the perversion of its policing and a brilliant examination of the racial tensions that threaten to tear it apart.

Reviews

One of the most important voices in contemporary American journalism

Independent

Marries the best instincts of explanatory narrative journalism with uncompromising moral clarity ... a vital account of police violence. Taibbi, through thorough reporting and captivating writing, captures the totality of an American tragedy

Wesley Lowery, Pulitzer Prize winner and bestselling author of THEY CAN'T KILL US ALL: THE STORY OF BLACK LIVES MATTER

Matt Taibbi is one of the few journalists in America who speaks truth to power

Bernie Sanders

Matt Taibbi is the best polemic journalist in America

Felix Salmon

Matt Taibbi is [Hunter S.] Thompson’s heir. . .

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Richly reported and evocative ... he keeps the narrative nuanced and realistic ... The result here is a vivid folk history that should prove useful to anyone who seeks to understand the world Eric Garner inhabited

Jill Leovy, bestselling author of GHETTOSIDE

Taibbi may be the only political writer in America that matters

Hartford Advocate

[A] searing exposé … what emerges from the author's superb reporting and vivid writing is a tragically revealing look at a broken criminal justice system

Kirkus Review (STARRED REVIEW)

A complex and textured examination of the complicated personalities, flawed legal system, and politics revolving around the police killing of 43-year-old Eric Garner, whose final words became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Boston Globe

a necessary and riveting work

Booklist (STARRED REVIEW)

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Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback

    9780753548660

    November 13, 2017

    WH Allen

    RRP $32.99

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  • Hardback

    9780753548684

    November 15, 2017

    WH Allen

    RRP $32.99

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  • EBook

    9780753548677

    October 26, 2017

    Virgin Digital

    304 pages

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