On July 17, 2014 in Staten Island, forty-three-year-old father of six and grandfather of three Eric Garner died after being put in a chokehold by a police officer arresting him for selling untaxed bootleg cigarettes. A video recording of Eric Garner’s killing went viral after and instantly fueled rising race tensions across America. Garner’s repeated last words, “I can’t breathe,” echoed on and became the rallying cry mobilizing countless protests across the country against the grand jury decision not to indict the officers involved.
On Thursday, October 26, Rolling Stone journalist and NYT bestselling author Matt Taibbi (The Divide, Griftopia and Insane Clown President), will be in conversation with Taibbi’s Editor Chris Jackson to discuss his new book, I CAN’T BREATHE, diving into the topics of equality and America’s broken criminal justice system illustrated through deaths like Garner’s and others, and a subject at the core of many of the country’s current plights.
After a year studying abroad in Saint Petersburg, Russia, in college, Taibbi returned to the hostile nation from 1996-2001 to grow his journalism career working for the highly controversial weekly newspaper, The Exile. Taibbi continued to expand his portfolio as a political, financial and sports journalist upon returning to America, becoming a regular contributor for Rolling Stone, Real Time with Bill Maher and New York Press.
In I CAN’T BREATHE, his ninth book, Taibbi explores the events and repercussions of the tragic day in July 2014 and the actions that led to Garner’s death, starting first by looking at Garner’s life – a family man surrounded by bad luck and uncontrollable circumstances. Taibbi’s retelling examines both Garner and the police officers involved not as victims or villains, but as individuals, brought together from different paths in life, all bringing their own experiences, during one life-changing afternoon.
Random House’s Big Ideas Night series – held at the publisher’s flagship offices in Manhattan – is a forum for thought-provoking conversations between writers and editors on the topics of politics, world affairs, technology, fashion, philanthropy, and more. These focused dialogues offer exclusive access for guests to dive deeper into a recently released book with fellow readers, as well as network and engage directly with the innovators behind it.
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Matt Taibbi, author of the New York Times bestsellers Insane Clown President, The Divide, Griftopia, and The Great Derangement, is a contributing editor for Rolling Stone and winner of the 2008 National Magazine Award for columns and commentary.
Chris Jackson is the Publisher and Editor- in Chief of One World Books, a just relaunched imprint of Random House. Previously, Jackson was an Executive Editor at Spiegel & Grau from its founding in 2006. Prize-winning and bestselling authors he edited at Spiegel & Grau include Ta-Nehisi Coates, Bryan Stevenson, Jill Leovy, Matt Taibbi, Wes Moore, Victor LaValle, and Jay Z.