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The Run of His Life : The People versus O.J. Simpson

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A behind-the-scenes look at the crime of the century and the legal proceedings that followed sheds new light in the arrest and trial of O.J. Simpson, the evidence in the case, and the role of the prosecution and defense.
Paperback, 496 pages
Published May 1st 1997 by Touchstone Books (first published 1996)
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A woman and her male friend were brutally murdered just outside her home. There was practically a trail of blood leading to her ex-husband’s house. The ex had a history of domestic violence against her and no alibi. A mountain of physical and circumstantial evidence including DNA, hairs, footprints, and a bloody glove found on his property all point at him as the killer.

You didn’t need Sherlock Holmes to solve this one, but I doubt that even an amazing lawyer like Perry Mason or Atticus Fitch co
Apr 26, 2016 Matt rated it it was amazing
I was fifteen years old when the OJ Simpson verdict was handed down, on October 3, 1995. I watched his acquittal live on television, during homeroom. I hadn’t followed the trial at all, since like most teenagers, I had my head deep up my own ass. I do recall, however, cheering the acquittal. I think there was a part of me that wanted to see the bad guy get away. Also, I loved OJ in The Towering Inferno, where his contribution to San Francisco’s greatest fictional disaster is to save Jennifer Jon ...more
Oct 17, 2014 Michael rated it really liked it
Shelves: law-related
Toobin covered the OJ trial for the New Yorker, so he knows his -ish: he was there, watching the trial every day, and The Run of His Life is his comprehensive account of it. I appreciate that Toobin doesn't hide behind a facade of objectivity: he lays out his thesis in the introduction. Toobin firmly believes that OJ was guilty, yet was acquitted because the (1) defense team succeeded in making the trial a referendum on the racism of the LAPD (2) the prosecution made some serious errors (3) the ...more
Liz Barnsley
So like many I remember watching (parts of) OJ Simpsons murder trial, the case where it seems the majority of people believe he was guilty and got away with it. I was interested therefore to read this and see the entire picture so to speak, hopefully told without too much legal speak and I went in with my mind open to see what was what.

The book is excellent – it looks at every layer of the trial, the people within, the ups and the downs, where it all went wrong for the prosecution and gives a hu
Feb 12, 2016 Ali rated it it was amazing
Read Harder Challenge 2016: Read a biography (not memoir or autobiography)

(Spoiler alert. He totally did it.)

With thirty pages left in this insider's account of the Brown/Goldman murders and subsequent trials, I watched the criminal trial's verdict announcement on YouTube. When I saw OJ Simpson, I experienced that involuntary rush of tears and sweat and adrenaline that communicates fear. Yes, FEAR. As I recoiled from Simpson's entitled smirk, Kim Goldman's hollow wail, and Marcia Clarke's emac
Aug 14, 2008 Frank rated it it was amazing
Having enjoyed two of Toobin's other books, I had long wanted to read this one. What prompted me finally to pick it up was John McCain's accusation that Barack Obama had "played the race card" by saying that Republicans would say that Obama didn't look like all of the other presidents on the dollar bills. McCain's indignation was entirely hypocritical, since he'd in fact run an ad in June that mocked Obama by putting his face on a $100 bill. And as many commentators noted, McCain's accusation it ...more
Jul 02, 2016 Caidyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm reading this because of the FX show. The show was excellent and since I was born months after the verdict was read, it really showed me all sides of the story. Not just what the people saw on the court room broadcast and various publicity stunts, but also the behind the scenes things people weren't so familiar with.

All I can say is that the case got so much out of hand that it was hard to realize. And, the prosecution played into the defense's hands so many times. Not to mention Judge Ito wa
Apr 05, 2016 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I DID IT! I'M DONE! I read this book for a new book club I'm in, and just in time. I'm not going to say that I enjoyed this book because that implies that it was pleasurable to go through this, and reading about the murders and this insane case isn't something that I would call a pleasure. However, this book was a great read for me because I was pretty young when the murders and trial happened. I knew *certain* parts of the trial and remember how divisive it felt in my 2nd grade-ish mind, but I ...more
May 19, 2016 AMEERA rated it it was amazing
actually I'm happy to read this book and to know more about o.j. simpson
Sonny Boninsegna
Sep 08, 2012 Sonny Boninsegna rated it it was amazing
An absolutely fantastic read and the definitive account of the OJ Simpson trial in my opinion. Attorney Toobin does a brilliant job of delivering inside information and taking the reader through the case. As someone who followed the both the criminal and civil trials closely and who has read as much as he could find about the case, I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone interested in the case specifically or how a high profile case travels through the justice system.
May 12, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it
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Everyone – unless you never used to follow current affairs back in the 90's or you've very young- remembers the trial in which O.J. Simpson was accused, tried and ultimately adquitted of murdering his ex girlfiend Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman in 1994. All the evidence pointed to Simpson's guilt- in fact, ridiculously so- and so it was a shock to many when, in 1995, he was found not guilty. I had heard about the case and knew a fair amount about it...or
May 15, 2016 Wendell rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Decades ago, when he was reporting on the Simpson trial for The New Yorker, Toobin came across in his “as it happens” articles like an elitist, racist jerk. In this book, his snotty, arrogant, dismissive, airily white-supremacist worldview gets a much fuller airing. I don’t argue that Toobin is wrong about Simpson’s guilt. Rather, the obnoxiousness of his authorial voice and his clear presumption that the way he—a wealthy, connected, white man—saw the facts was the only way they could have been ...more
Charles Clymer
Mar 20, 2016 Charles Clymer rated it it was amazing
I've been wanting to read Jeffrey Tobin's take on the O.J. Simpson trial for a long time. With the miniseries being broadcast on FX, it seemed like the opportune moment to follow along with Toobin's commentary.

I was a kid in grade school when the Simpson trial was the talk of the nation for over a year in '94-'95. I remember the the Bronco chase and the magazine covers and nightly news analysis and late night jokes. I remember adults--seemingly every adult--having an opinion on O.J.'s guilt or i
Feb 24, 2016 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pop-culture
I read this book with equal parts fascination and revulsion - it was an extremely good example of the power of the good legal representation and an example of turning the conversation from the murder of two innocent people to something much more politically charged - a classic case of diverting attention until you don't even remember what started the whole thing. To see the evidence so clearly spelled out and yet have that evidence play such a small role in jury deliberations is so sad. To hear ...more
Mar 03, 2014 Emily rated it really liked it
Wow. I never had a desire to revisit the O.J. Simpson trial until someone recommended this book to me, explaining who the author was. I have to say, I was astonished by how amazing, rich, intense and flat-out-unbelievable this (true) story is. I guess I didn't think it was possible to write about the O.J. Simpson trial in way that wasn't gross,sensationalist, tacky, etc.--but boy, was I wrong. The writing in this book is absolutely excellent. It's almost as if being alive and watching the trial ...more
Apr 27, 2016 Starasia rated it really liked it
I did not want FX's The People vs. OJ Simpson to end because I knew there had to be so much more back story they couldn't show, and oh, yes there was. Marcia Clark screwed herself the day they finalized the jury. What a waste of taxpayer time and money. They could have just voted the first day and gotten the same result. Now with time and distance and OJ in jail, it is a less bitter pill to swallow. There is no denying that the defense team was brilliant, Johnny Cochran especially, for turning t ...more
Apr 01, 2016 Carolyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very well written and informative account of the O.J. Trial in 1995. It describes the major court room arguments, the background and pertinent facts about the attorneys and other participants, what went on between the members of the two legal teams behind closed doors and events outside the courtroom connected with the trial and the people involved.

The author, Jeffrey Tobin is considered a top legal correspondent for CNN and The New Yorker. He writes clearly without confusing the reader with
Aug 17, 2015 Lise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book ahead of the mini series coming later this year based on it. It's excellent. If you've ever wondered why that trial went the way it did ... this is the book that explains it.
Apr 03, 2016 Sandra rated it it was amazing
Get out! I loved this book, ate up every word and page, and re-lived the so-called trial of the century. I was in law school when O.J. Simpson was criminally tried for the murders of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman. More than 20 years later and after becoming enthralled by the television series, I read Toobin's book. There are juicy details, insightful observations, and tidbits that an observant watcher of the trial back in the day could have never known. I don't know if I would have loved this b ...more
Mar 02, 2016 Amy rated it it was amazing
Like many my age, I have vivid, if not fully formed, memories of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman and the subsequent OJ Simpson trial. I remember the Bronco chase. I remember the trial being on TV forever. I remember Marcia Clark and Johnny Cochran and Kato Kaelin. I remember the verdict. Reading this book was like shining a spotlight on those fuzzy memories of an endless childhood summer where seemingly every day I would come in from playing outside with friends to overhea ...more
Melissa Espiritu
Jun 07, 2016 Melissa Espiritu rated it liked it
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La Mala  ✌
Apr 07, 2016 La Mala ✌ marked it as to-read
Con este libro sacaron una serie espectacular- probablemente la mejor del año.
Si tuviese un poco de tiempo libre para concentrarme en libros serios, ya lo estaría leyendo.
Como no lo tengo (por ahora), recomiendo que lo lean, o que miren la serie. Es excelente!
Troy Blackford
Apr 11, 2016 Troy Blackford rated it it was amazing
This was an incredibly complete, extensively researched book. I enjoyed it thoroughly. I was *shocked* to learn that it was released in 1996; it seemed so contemporary. Highly recommended if you are interested in this kind of thing.
Mar 20, 2016 Pete rated it really liked it
the OJ trial kind of invented the phenomenon we now understand as a garbage fire -- no good guys, a kaleidoscopic presentation of humans at their worst, went on too long, full of sound and fury signifying nothing etc. i was at age 13-14 too young to know what makes a garbage fire. i only had vague memories filtered through network newscasts of what the deal was with the trial. this book remedied that and now i probably don't need to think about the OJ trial ever again. except for watching the re ...more
Apr 16, 2016 Michael rated it it was ok
I've long enjoyed reading Toobin's writing, and I thought that some distance from the Simpson case would make reading this enjoyable. Ultimately, it became as tedious and sickening as the trial itself.

First, some positives. Toobin is a good writer, opinionated, knows the law and doesn't pull any punches here. He doesn't tiptoe around the obvious racial angle to the case, as the jury determination was, in the end, a test of racial loyalty rather than an open-minded evaluation of the evidence. He
May 06, 2016 Angelnet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-kindle, net-galley
If you watched the recent television series about O J Simpson you’ll be interested to know it was based on this book. Originally published less than a year after the infamous verdict this book has been re-released to tie in the show.

In almost 500 pages you get more detail than you could ever imagine about the circumstances of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. Toobin writes at a level that assumes the reader can follow some complex strategies and concepts but does not lapse in
Feb 17, 2015 Nisha rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
This is mind blowing. I've always been intrigued by this, and I love books by Toobin, so it was a great fit. This whole case was a shit show from all sides and it's unfortunate for the families of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.
Jul 15, 2016 Erica rated it really liked it
This book made everyone in the city of LA, from police to attorneys to judges, just seem incredibly inept. This was a very frustrating book to read but the underlying issues of race and bias are very timely. I am still astonished that OJ was acquitted despite the overwhelming evidence against him and I guess I'll stay astonished but this book took me right back to 1994. I remember being 11 years old and watching the bronco chase on tv with my parents. I further remember watching a lot of the tri ...more
Lynn Smith
Feb 24, 2016 Lynn Smith rated it really liked it
This is a very comprehensive and well written book chronicling the OJ Simpson murder trial. I followed the trial closely and am currently watching the FX miniseries about the trial (for which this book was used as a basis). The book even gives a lot of background biographical information on all of the principals in the case, including both sets of attorneys. If you're already convinced (like me) of OJ's guilt, this book will certainly bolster and/or confirm your opinion. But it doesn't appear th ...more
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“According to the telephone poll, a full 40 percent of black women felt that the use of physical force was appropriate in a marriage. And black women especially could not abide Marcia Clark. Vinson” 0 likes
“As to the central fact in the case, it is my view that Simpson murdered his ex-wife and her friend on June 12. Any rational analysis of the events and evidence in question leads to that conclusion. This is true whether one considers evidence not presented to the jury—such as the results of Simpson’s polygraph examination and his flight with Al Cowlings on June 17—or just the evidence established in court. Notwithstanding the prosecution’s many errors, the evidence against Simpson at the trial was overwhelming. Simpson had a violent relationship with his ex-wife, and tensions between them were growing in the weeks leading up to the murders. Simpson had no alibi for the time of the murders, nor was his Bronco parked at his home during that time. Simpson had a cut on his left hand on the day after the murders, and DNA tests showed conclusively that it was Simpson’s blood to the left of the shoe prints leaving the scene. Nicole’s blood was found on a sock in his bedroom, and Goldman’s blood—as well as Simpson’s—was found in the Bronco. Hair consistent with Simpson’s was found on the killer’s cap and on Goldman’s shirt. The gloves that Nicole bought for Simpson in 1990 were almost certainly the ones used by her killer. It” 0 likes
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