I Can't Breathe
Matt Taibbi

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Narrated By: Dominic Hoffman

Duration: 12 hours and 51 minutes

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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 the people.

On July 17, 2014, a forty-three-year-old black man named Eric Garner died in New York after a police officer put him in a "chokehold" during an arrest for selling bootleg cigarettes. The final moments of his life were captured on video and seen by millions - his agonised last words, "I can't breathe," becoming a rallying cry for the nascent Black Lives Matter protest movement.

Matt Taibbi, bestselling author and "the best polemic journalist in America", tells the full story of the man who inspired a movement - neither villain nor victim, but a fiercely proud individual determined to do the best he could for his family. Featuring vivid vignettes of life on the street, this powerful narrative of urban America is a riveting work of literary journalism and a scathing indictment of law enforcement in the twenty-first century. I Can't Breathe tells the story of one man to tell the story of countless others, and the power of people to rise up against injustice.

'A brilliant work of narrative nonfiction' - Booklist
'Matt Taibbi is one of the few journalists in America who speaks truth to power' - Bernie Sanders
'A searing exposé' - Kirkus Review
'Taibbi may be the only political writer in America that matters' - Hartford Advocate

© Matt Taibbi 2017 (P) Penguin Audio 2020


Ethnic groups & multicultural studies, Police law & police procedures, Society & culture: general

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[A] brilliant work of narrative nonfiction ... a necessary and riveting work


[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)

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

The narrative unfolds like an episode of The Wire. . . . Heartbreaking and compulsively readable

Washington Post

One of the most important voices in contemporary American journalism