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Outrage: The Five Reasons Why O.J. Simpson Got Away with Murder

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  1,875 Ratings  ·  139 Reviews

“Provocative and entertaining. ... A powerful and damning diatribe on Simpson’s acquittal.”—People


Here is the account of the O. J. Simpson case that no one dared to write, that no one else could write. In this #1 New York Times bestseller, Vincent Bugliosi, the famed prosecutor of Charles Manson and best-selling author of Helter Skelter, goes to the heart of the trial that
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Kindle Edition, 492 pages
Published February 17th 2008 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published June 17th 1996)
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Jenna Hashway
Bugliosi is completely insufferable. I don't think I've ever seen so much ego dripping off the page. I agree with his take on the trial, but still, I found the entire book to be an unpleasant, unseemly, self-serving screed.
Lori
Jun 18, 2009 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For a case that was overly saturated in the media, and with an abnormal plethora of books written about it, to have one book stand above all the rest is quite a feat.
"Outrage" is not a rehashing of the crimes themselves, nor a step-by-step recounting of the criminal trial. It is master prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi's views on the five main reasons that Simpson got away with murder. And Mr. Bugliosi spares no one. From his biting critique of the prosecutors' weak arguments to amazement at the defe
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Dave
Nov 16, 2007 Dave rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As an attorney, this was the first and last book I read on the OJ Simpson prosecution (if it can be called that)... Bugliosi's treatment shreds the LA District Attorney's Office for their incompetence just as convincingly as he lays out the facts that prove (to this reader) Simpson's guilt - beyond reasonable doubt.
Leslie Irish
Dec 29, 2012 Leslie Irish rated it it was ok
I "sorta" read Bugliosi's most famous work "Helter Skelter" as a kid (meaning I skimmed it a lot). This one came up in an online forum I was reading and I thought it could be an interesting read, as I was one of the millions who followed the trial on TV as it happened.

The good parts of the book are pretty much the five reasons that the author lays out. He does a good job of explaining how the lousy jury, the inept prosecution, and the bizarre judge botched this case, which should have been a sl
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Kcatty
Mar 24, 2013 Kcatty marked it as could-did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Ugh. I tried to read this after The Sea Will Tell, and, well...as the shelf says, I couldn't finish it.

My main problem with this book, and Bugliosi in general, is that the author has such a big ego that his writing eventually becomes impossible to keep with. This ego is okay when he's talking about a case of his - Helter Skelter is the famous example - but if he's just expressing an opinion...good Lord.

He's like Glenn Greenwald. He talks as if you're an idiot/young child, and repeats himself way
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Sue
Sep 11, 2015 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
I really enjoyed the first half of this book. But about halfway through the 5th reason, it seemed to feel like Bugliosi was more intent on himself. His previous cases. And how he would have questioned witnesses, or opening and closing statements he would have made. You have your five reasons that he was found not guilty. Stick with that. I realize that Bugliosi has amazing experience in criminal trials. He's extremely knowledgeable. I don't question that. By the epilogue I was just skimming. I d ...more
Tim
Jul 28, 2008 Tim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I suppose some readers may find Bugliosi's tone and style a little off-putting. I rather liked it. It's so different from what I'm accustomed to reading. Stern, vigorous, and uncompromising. I can see why Bugliosi was such an extremely effective prosecutor. To be honest, I never really cared all that much about the Simpson case, and I still have no particular interest. The value of this book, for me, lies in its powerful, scathing, commonsensical critique of the lawyers' performances in the case ...more
Ani Anderson
Jan 11, 2017 Ani Anderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent explanation of what went wrong with the OJ Simpson case and how the justice system is still flawed...
Greg Z
This "true crime" book doesn't simply go by the blueprint set by Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood". You may or may not agree with Bugliosi's take on the trial (and Bugliosi's voice, for better or worse, is much too loud and clear throughout the book: it's either his way or the highway), or even the title of this book itself, but in its own way I find it original. Much more original than, say, Bugliosi's own "And the Sea Will Tell."
Huma Rashid
Bugliosi rips the jury, the defense (so-called "Dream") team, Judge Ito, and the prosecution a new one in this book, and it's clear that he's quite angry and bitter and disgusted about what happened. Appropriate emotions, certainly. Not as well-written as Helter Skelter, and he still has no idea what an epilogue is, but it was engaging and compelling throughout. I particularly enjoyed the bolded portions in which he illustrated what his arguments in response to certain points would have been.

David Felder
If you liked "Helter Skelter," don't assume you'll like "Outrage." Rather than police investigation story, Outrage is a very long-winded criticism of the L.A. County's handling of the O.J. Simpson trial. Bugliosi's criticism isn't just reserved for the police department, however, he's got lots to say about the Prosecutors office, the Defense and the jury.

Bugliosi does mention in his forward that he's going to be criticizing, so I won't say he didn't deliver what he promised. And deliver it in pl
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Melissa
Oct 22, 2015 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this in high school and since there a mini series coming out next year about the trial I thought it would be a good idea to read it again since I now have an education in criminal law. I admire everything about Vince Bugliosi. His work ethic was second to none and he had a brilliant career. If you're an aspiring trial lawyer, criminal justice student, or just want to know how in the hell OJ Simpson was acquitted, this is a must read book. The word outrage doesn't even begin to cover it. A ...more
Kimberly
Jan 20, 2012 Kimberly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
I've been wanting to read this book for some time, but I downloaded the free sample on my Kindle first and I sure am glad I did; I could barely take those fifteen minutes worth of Bugliosi's huge ego, let alone an entire book's worth. I can't tell you how happy I am I didn't spend 10 bucks only to receive the literary equivalent of some egomaniac masturbating at himself in the mirror for 528 pages. I think he's let a few things go to his head juuuuust a little bit...
Nat
Jan 26, 2017 Nat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is pretty much a review + summary if you're smart enough to not want to read a 500+ paged book back-to-back about 1 case, you can read my review, I guess.

This book took me a while to finish. But it's done. It's finally over.

I was born in 1998 in the middle east and so obviously I didn't really know as much about the notorious OJ Simpson case as did many older Americans, but the fx miniseries about it really piqued my interest.

I, personally, enjoy reading the true crime genre. I can be real
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Tiffany T
Mar 14, 2017 Tiffany T rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recently I decided to watch "American Crime: The People Vs. O.J. Simpson", and it brought back all the rage I originally felt back in 1995 when the verdict was read on live tv. Once I finished the series, I immediately googled books about this case, and came across this one. I chose this book to read because I really couldn't understand how on earth the verdict could be not guilty, when the evidence was all there pointing to OJ being guilty as hell. This book made it perfectly clear and pointed ...more
Madison Thornton
Amazing breakdown of the case form a legendary former prosecutor. Must read
Beverly
Jun 29, 2013 Beverly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book covers the reason O.J. got away with murder according to Vincent Bugliosi. Bugliosi is the prosecutor who prosecuted the Manson murders and wrote Helter Skelter (an excellent book). He is very intelligent and very logical reaching his conclusion on known facts. This is probably why I like him so much since I tend to do the same.

I must forewarn you that Bugliosi is "outraged" at O.J. getting off and it definitely shows in this book. To his credit he warns you up front that he is angry.
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Jeremiah
Feb 08, 2017 Jeremiah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Extremely compelling dissection of what went wrong with the prosecution of double-murderer OJ Simpson. It's almost amazing at the cascade of failures from the head DA (and father of current mayor of Los Angeles) Gil Carcetti, to the prosecutors, the jurors, the media, and even the so-called dream-team that allowed OJ To walk. The excerpts from the book written by three members of the jury are very disturbing.

At times some readers may find Bulgiotti's style a bit too overwhelming and academic, b
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Anita Pomerantz
Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders it isn't.

What this book does is give a very lawyer-ly examination of why the prosecution botched this case completely, even against a poorly constructed defense. I think this would be a great read for a law student or for anyone really interested in the Simpson case. Unfortunately, I fit neither of those two categories. Bugliosi manages to entertain by being sarcastically arrogant in a way that some readers will really hate, but frankly I fou
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Kathy
Jan 09, 2009 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vincent Bugliosi is one of my favorite authors and I absolutely loved this book. I was not able to watch all of the O.J. trial but knew enough that I was amazed when the jury came back with a not guilty verdict. I know the jury was not able to hear all of the evidence and Judge Ito had trouble controlling the courtroom, but Vincent Bugliosi details additional problems with the prosecution team that assured O.J. would be found not guilty. There were also many problems with the "Dreamteam" but the ...more
Tim
Nov 15, 2011 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great read by Bugliosi. I can't get enough of his writing as I really share his outlook and thinking style. This book could be classified as a 'hindsight is 20/20' critique of the Simpson trial, but if you've read any of Bugliosi's work, you see that he has high expectations for excellence and points out how it was obvious the people involved were lazy and incompetent.

I never much followed the Simpson trial. At the same time this was a decent summation of the trial.
Jim
Jan 01, 2010 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a sobering account of the so-called "trial of the century" of O.J. Simpson. It is rare that I read a book where the author's anger virtually boils from the page but Bugliosi pulls no punches in deconstructing the various players in this saga. A terrific read.
Mitzi
Jan 11, 2013 Mitzi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is just Vincent Bugliosi tooting his own horn.
Randy Cauthen
Jul 07, 2010 Randy Cauthen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The last, long section of this is a pretty good primer in forensic rhetoric.
Anita
Apr 27, 2009 Anita rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
I really tried to like this book, but I just hated it. I couldn't even finish it.
Calee Spinney
Mar 22, 2017 Calee Spinney rated it it was ok
I recently watched the new mini series about the OJ Simpson case, at which point I read the Toobin book and went searching for another. I had read Bugliosi's book on the Manson murders, so was excited to read his take on the case.
Unfortunately, the book was terrible. Bugliosi has gotten cantankerous in his old age, and it shows. This was not an objective review of the case and evidence -- he views everything through the lens of Simpson being guilty and uses that as circular logic about why other
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Christi
May 13, 2017 Christi rated it liked it
Beyond a reasonable doubt

I've read a lot of true crime books and several concerning the Simpson trial. While I largely agreed with the points made in this one (Mr. Bugliosi is top-notch in his field, after all), the book itself was difficult to push through. The primary focus is (hence, the title) what aspects of the trial were handled incorrectly. There is a lot of ground to cover, but it is all basically sorted into five large umbrellas (again, the title). Mr. Bugliosi is an attorney (a good o
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Mari
May 22, 2017 Mari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Frightening details of the crime scene and weaves tale of the how an egomaniac got away with the murder of two innocent people.
Jennifer
Oct 25, 2013 Jennifer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO ONE
Recommended to Jennifer by: Amazon
How do you take a fascinating case like the O.J. Simpson murder trial and make it boring, offensive, and tiresome? Hire Vincent Bugliosi to write a book about it, of course.

I have read quite a few books on the O.J .Simpson case. I strongly believe he is guilty. But I was very curious about this book because I was interested to hear Bugliosi's take on it. The glowing reviews on Amazon convinced me I was about to read a brilliant rhetoric on how and why the state lost the Simpson case. Instead, wh
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Robert
May 27, 2017 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-nonfiction, law
What a disappointment!! I checked out this book thinking it was going to be about the electrical blackout of the Northeast in 1965. But I've since gotten stronger lens on my reading glasses.

Actually, I was somewhat surprised by the extent of my agreement with the views of Bugliosi on the O.J. Simpson criminal trial. I've never been persuaded by his conclusions about the JFK assassination and I misunderstood his public comments about the Simpson trial as filtered by the media. In fact, I found my
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American attorney and author, best known for prosecuting Charles Manson and his followers for the murder of Sharon Tate and others.

In his books he claimed that O.J Simpson and Lee Harvey Oswald were guilty of the crimes they were accused of.

In his latest book he states that George W. Bush should be prosecuted for murder.

Bugliosi lived in Pasadena, CA.
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