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If I Did It

3.0 of 5 stars 3.00  ·  rating details  ·  1,926 ratings  ·  370 reviews
In 2006, HarperCollins announced the publication of a book in which O.J. Simpson told how he hypothetically would have committed the murders of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson, a crime for which he was found not guilty. In response to public outrage, the book was never published. Here is the original manuscript of the book.
Paperback, 204 pages
Published July 4th 2009 by Not Avail (first published January 1st 2006)
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Censorship sucks, AND it often doesn't even work

Let's get this part out of the way first: I thought the book was poorly written. I thought the grammar was at times awkward, and some of the things said were illogical. I found spelling errors on pages 4, 92, and 9024.

"If I Did It". Kinda clever what he did there, isn't it? The whole premise of the book is a hypothetical, so it isn't really an admission of wrongdoing- even though it describes step by step exactly how O.J. would have committed the
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Ginmar
I can't believe the number of morons who say-----as they read this book by a long- time wife-beater and double murderer-------that, "he seems like a nice guy but Nicole seems like a total bitch/nutjob."

What on earth do you think he's going to say?! The victim is conveniently not here to point out that he was seven inches taller than her and a hundred pounds heavier. No, no one stops to think about what that means. Let's not object as the man who killed her disparages her after he silenced her fo
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Alex
Guilty pleasure, you have met your match. Make no mistake about this, "If I Did It" is OJ Simpson's signed, sealed, and delivered confession of why he murdered his ex-wife and her potential lover, Ron Goldman. As many a seasoned prosecutor will tell you, the truth is often simple and clean, and does not require endless rounds of explanation. To wit, "This is a love story, and like a lot of love stories it doesn't have a happy ending."

OJ Simpson and Nicole Brown suffered from amor fati, crazy lo
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Billie Pritchett
I know it seems strange to give this book a 5-star review, but O.J. Simpson's book is compelling and bizarre. Simpson (with the assistance of a ghost writer) begins the book recounting how he met Nicole Brown when she was an 18-year-old waitress at a restaurant and while he was separated from his wife in his first marriage. It continues from there to the conclusion with Simpson's high-speed chase where he was arrested before he was to stand trial for the murder of his wife and Ron Goldman.

A coup
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Lauren
Sep 09, 2008 Lauren rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: murder
This book was so revolting that I stopped reading it after about the first 40 pages. OJ continued to assert that he was better than Nicole, and that after they had gotten divorced, she begged to get him back even though he was dating Paula what's-her-name, and that she wouldn't stop phoning him and trying to win him back. It was disgusting.

The prologue, written by the Goldman family, was equally foul. They wrote of their desire for vengeance, and while I understand that, seeing that OJ obviousl
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Allen Price
Go right out and get this book because you will be donating to very good causes (battered women's programs) led by the Goldman family. You also won't believe what OJ's ghost writer tells him to his face. You'll get more insight into the Hollywood celebrity lifestyle than you may want, but you'll end up with a much broader perspective of "why he did it", not "if, I did it". Insightful and chilling. I'm glad the Goldmans wrestled with agony of publishing this book.
Miz
First up, fascinating story. You would have to have been under a rock during the early 90s not to know this story, and the trial. Secondly, who on earth would write a book about "if I did it" when you received a not guilty criminal verdict (guilty civil though). Where were his advisers?!

But despite all this, I really wanted to read this book. Simpson is an egotist and I have to admit that I came to this book thinking that he did the crime. The book itself is very strangely written. He spends all
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Christina
OJ is a delusional wanker. Does he really expect people to believe he had nothing to do with the murders? The answer is yes...yes he does. Throughout the book he tries to paint a picture of himself as the perfect ex-husband, someone who loved Nicole and could never have committed these crimes. Right. I didn't buy his innocence before and I sure as hell don't buy it now.
Becky
Okay , I DID IT!!! And here is how...but wait, I didn't really do it. I am so glad the Goldman Family fought for the rights of this book.
Lester
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Jackie
The book was scrapped for publishing as the Goldman's faught for the rights to O.J.'s book. They won. There is a foreword from Mr. Goldman, Ron's dad and also from the "ghost writer". There is an afterword from Mr. Dominick Dunne who himself mourned his daughter's murder at the hand's of her boyfriend.

This book confirms that O.J. Simpson is a narcissistic sociopath. Most of the book is simply OJ explaining how he was the perfect husband and father who was married to a controlling abusive woman.
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Lennongirl
Uhm, wow, where to start, what to say? Maybe like this, with the pure technical side: the writing style is good, it's an easy read with a good flow, so, kudos to ghostwriter Pablo F. Fenjves (who also added a very intersting foreword; actually, all the extra texts surrounding O.J.'s "actual report" are interesting, since they offer a lot of what was going on behind the scenes of this book's genesis).

That being said, if you're interested in the general topic - the O.J. murder case and/or true cri
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Reneau Reneau
A strange concoction that tries to be a kind of "Hey, to be honest with you, I didn't do it, but supposing I did, Nicole, to tell you the truth, really drove me to it, she was such a slutty cokehead, but I loved her and could never kill her, and besides there's nothing to that domestic abuse shit, but even if there was, she was the heavy, not me, I'm all crippled with arthritis, to honest, but to sell this book here's a hypothetical scenario for your entertainment." That's what I got out of it. ...more
Nathan Rabin
This is WAY too fucking fascinating and fucked up not for me to write extensively about it in some other context.

SPOILER: He did it.
Girly Mcfemale
Four stars in support of the victims, not OJ.

This book was fascinating to me, as a peek inside the delusions and idiosyncrasies of a truly twisted, and homicidal, mind. I read it removed, seeing it for what it was as a semi-confession/oh-shit-maybe-I-should-have-thought-about-this-more-before-signing-on/I'm-going-to-have-the-last-word type deal. From a literary perspective, to me it is always an enjoyably jarring and a unique experience to read a book with an unreliable narrator. While reading,
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Jerometed
Holy shit was this a good book.
Joolz
I picked up this book out of curiousity, as I remember reading the daily newspapers when the trial was occuring, and was actually in the US at the time of the murders and the following few days. I always always assumed he was guilty, esp reading the newspapers stories. To be honest, if I was a hell of a lot younger than i am now and completely naive this book could have cloudy my opinion on his involvement. I didnt know of Nicole and i only knew of OJ from his sporting days and his odd film appe ...more
Brittany
Hmm. This was interesting to say the least. There is no way that I believe that any of this is "hypothetical", and that's what makes it all the more brain bending. I find it almost comical how he describes his and Nicole's relationship. He is always the rational one and she is always the obsessive, out of control one. Hmmm. Pretty hard to swallow. I do think there is some truth though in his perception of their relationship and in the events that took place after the murders. His description of ...more
Elizabeth
When I was in 8th grade, I was mildly obsessed with the OJ Simpson trial. My mom and I would watch the trial coverage on CNN and I used to get into arguments with my parents' lawyer friends about the burden of proof. Yes, I was an eccentric 13 year old. However, I always maintained (and still believe) that the police did an abhorrent job of collecting evidence and prosecution did a piss-poor job of putting on their case, failing to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that OJ killed Nicole Brown and ...more
Joseph Copeli
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jo
Oct 12, 2013 jo marked it as how-ya-doing-goodreads  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: otis
Recommended to jo by: the hydra
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Censorship sucks, AND it often doesn't even work

Let's get this part out of the way first: I thought the book was poorly written. I thought the grammar was at times awkward, and some of the things said were illogical. I found spelling errors on pages 4, 92, and 9024.

"If I Did It". Kinda clever what he did there, isn't it? The whole premise of the book is a hypothetical, so it isn't really an admission of wron
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Xanthi
How does one give a star rating to this book? The only way I could was by keeping a few things in mind.
Firstly, the defendant is a narcissist and this book displays this quite well. The fact that he thought this 'hypothetical' book was a good idea, and not an act of greed, immense arrogance and sheer stupidity, is testament to that.
Throughout this 'fictional' account of his marriage, he paints himself as an all round good guy who, although somewhat flawed, is not so bad and is still doing everyt
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AJ Griffin
Jul 03, 2007 AJ Griffin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the jury of his trial; the owner of his country club; NFL fans
OJ Simpson is fantastic. Sure, he killed his wife and some random dude that happened to be with her, but the overall "maligned good guy" tone of his book, and the deft (read: barely noticeable) way he transitions from "truth" to "hypothetical" make up for all that. Thanks OJ, for being a stand up guy. Enjoy the links.
Sandra
While I support the efforts of the Goldman and Brown families to bring this book to publication and to bring the truth to light, I don't want to read the sick words of a vicious killer.

I sleep better at night knowing that this evil man is behind bars, albeit not for the murders he committed.
Jody
I was repulsed yet attracted to this book. As the 20th anniversary approached, I was thinking about how I watched this entire trial. I was riveted.
This book written by OJ (with help)Nicole Brown Simpson: the Private Diary of a Life Interrupteddescribes how great he was to Nicole, how so so nice he was, and how he tried everything to save his marriage....then Chapter 6 describes how he killed her with a guy named "Charlie". Huh? It seemed a weird corner to turn, but okay. Then I go on to read th
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Heather
It's hard to pick a star rating for this book. I didn't hate it, but I didn't necessarily like it either, though I was certainly fascinated by it. I'm giving it 3-stars as that's pretty neutral on a scale of 1 to 5.

I'm a child of the '70s and the daughter of a Giant's fan who also appreciated good football in general. So, naturally, I'm quite familiar with who O.J. Simpson is. I was shocked when it was announced he was wanted for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman and was among
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JC
This book was a fascinating read about OJ Simpson's life up and through the brutal murders of Ron Goldman and Nicole Simpson. I was pretty young when this all happened (10 or 11) and all I remember is sitting in school one day and we turned the radio on to hear the final verdict of not guilty. This book is by OJ himself and he chronicles his life before the murders and how he met Nicole and there ups and downs. I don't how much of this can be taken as fact for two reasons: 1 - Chapter 6 is the c ...more
Jason
This book will only solidify anyones view of OJ as a real double killer. This "memoir" of sorts, is only an abhorrent view of a true narcissist; in every sense of the definition. This book seems like a weak attempt to ease his conscience concerning the murders that night of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown. This book is a prosecutors dream. It is like putting OJ on the stand, and then watching him flame out in glorious fashion. He seems to want to make himself look like a "regular" guy, but the Nico ...more
Tree
Little wonder "if" is a tiny word nearly disguised in the big read "I DID IT." Yeah, OJ, no crap.

The explanation Ron's father gives in the beginning explaining why he'd publish this, the ghost writer's insistance that OJ is guilty and lying and Dominick Dunn's prolouge explaining why he thinks Simpson is a guilty ass are the best parts of the book. It's a pain reading OJ's "words." His unearned ego comes through loud and clear, but he's full of it. Obviously full of it. He's such a narcissist as
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Robash Sandhu
god this book is so strange...its like..he is indirectly confessing he did it in a moment of passion...and then, lying about it and believing his lies...very poorly written...it sounds like a football jock writing a book ..in other words, as if he wrote it without a ghostwriter...even though he had a ghostwriter...disturbing depressing and puzzling..just what I expected I suppose
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Former American football player and actor.

Mostly known from being the head suspect of a double-murder including his ex-wife.

Simpson is currently in jail for stealing sports memorabilia using a gun and told the media that he is afraid of being targeted by a white prison gang.
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