The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson Hardcover – Sep 4 1996
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Just when you thought everyone and their second-cousin had published a book on the most famous criminal proceding of the century, along comes a book about the trial that actually deserves to be read.
Jeffrey Toobin's coverage of the trial of O.J. Simpson for The New Yorker magazine was the first to focus on the reality that no one wanted to addresss directly, but that pervaded every moment of the trial and perhaps even the crime itself - that race was at the heart of everything. Toobin's explosive article in July 1994, "An Incendiary Defense," laid out the defense lawyers' strategy, fingered Mark Fuhrman as their chief villain, and made the "race card" the euphemism of choice.
In The Run of His Life, Toobin's reporting, based on his unprecedented access to sources to the sources on all sides, lets us see, in a fresh light, the prosecutors, defense attorneys, private eyes, waiters, dog walkers, cops, ex-football stars, TV personalities, forensic experts, and so many others. He also offers an insightful examination of the larger questions raised by the case - including the importance of celebrity, race (and the way it's manipulated in the media), California as both a state and a state of mind, domestic violence, American jurisprudence, and the efficacy of the jury system.
From Library Journal
Toobin was an assistant U.S. attorney before joining the staff of The New Yorker, which published "An Incendiary Defense," his groundbreaking article on the O.J. Simpson case in its July 25, 1994 issue. This will be a big book, but as the contents are deemed "highly confidential," we can't say much more.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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After finishing Jeffrey Toobin's take on the case, I quit reading O.J. Simpson books because I realized that this was the best, most balanced portrayal out there. In the first place, he was one of the few writers that didn't have an ax to grind. And secondly, he has a nice storytelling manner that makes for a great read.
If you read one book to get a picture of the O.J. Simpson trial, and its place in the American context, this is the one.
Most recent customer reviews
Just finished the book. More information than the TV series. Enjoyable read on a a tragic event.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This novel was very well written and opened my eyes to the real facts as opposed to the mini series I am currently watching, although the series was based on the book. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Victoria
Very well written. Toobin had been very thorough in his investigative journalism. Coveting every aspect of the trial, the evidence, and the backgrounds of all the major parties -... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sonia M. Gaudet
Well-packaged book arrived quickly as promised. I enjoyed the book, and read it as the TV show of the same name ran. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I found it a little boring. Not much that was n' t in TV coveragePublished 7 months ago by Robin Cuthbert
I have read many books on this trial and this book provided a lot of new information about what happened in the court room.
A great read.
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