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Without a Doubt

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  3,249 ratings  ·  333 reviews
Without a Doubt is not just a book about a trial. It's a book about a woman. Marcia Clark takes us inside her head and her heart. Her voice is raw, incisive, disarming, unmistakable. Her story is both sweeping and deeply personal. How did she do it, day after day? What was it like, orchestrating the most controversial case of her career in the face of the media's relentles ...more
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Published May 1st 1997 by Viking Adult
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Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
After her (in)famous time in the headlines and being beamed across televisions the world over, Clark took the time to put together this short piece to give her side of the story, a refreshing look at things for the interested reader. While she pulled no punches and tossed many key players in the OJ Simpson murder trial under the proverbial bus, Clark supported her arguments with first-hand knowledge that might significantly shape the views of readers who may remember the circus that inundated th ...more
I'm dnf-ing this book at 60% but not because of the way it's written. (Although it did get go off track in places) This is going to be a bit of an emotional, rambling review so be forewarned if you continue on.

I can't read another minute of this because it's just too depressing. I lived in Los Angeles during the murders and then the trial and it was an every day part of our lives. I was young while this was going on and I, as many others, focused more on the racial aspects of the case than anyt
Beth Bedee
Jun 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, law
This book was fascinating. She begins the book with stating how painful it still is to her to remember the O.J. trial. Ironically, the day I'm writing this review is the very day that Casey Anthony was found not guilty (O.J. Trial part 2). I can only imagine how completely empty Marcia Clark felt when her verdict was read, and they had enough forensic evidence to convict O.J. 5 times over. I know how disgusted I feel right now (and how disgusted I felt back in 1995), and I'm just an "armchair wa ...more
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Since the FX series, The People Vs OJ Simpson blew my mind - I have been unable to stop thinking about this case, in particular about Marcia Clark. This book is compelling and enraging all at the same time. Obviously Clark is of the opinion that Simpson was guilty and having seen the mountain of evidence laid out in this book, I defy anyone to think otherwise. This was one of the most disgusting miscarriages of justice ever carried out.

Clark's recollection of this time is highly charged stuff.
Jamie Barnes
Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Riveting book. After almost 20 years, the fascinating cast of characters remains: Kato Kaelan, the Brown sisters, the howling of the bloodied dog, the racist cop, the bumbling blood experts, etc. The author's ghost writer does an exceptional job of keeping the narrative moving. Marcia Clark is a 41-year-old Jewish girl, raped when young, two broken marriages behind her, living in a dump with two young children to raise when suddenly she gets the Simpson case. The stress often threatens to overwh ...more
Mar 22, 2009 rated it it was ok
It brought back the whole context of the Simpson trial to me. At the time, I paid little attention to it because I knew from the beginning that he would get off, and it was too painful, so I minimized my exposure. One of my friends at work used to vent about it to me, so I began using our daily newspaper in a creative manner. I'd find the picture of OJ in the paper, and lay it down every morning for our elderly poodle to pee on. I'd tell her every day, "Linda, Spunky peed on OJ today," and that ...more
Aug 16, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Court TV Junkies
Marcia, Marcia, Marcia.
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, reviewed
"Sausage Party Vs. Clark" would have been a fine title for this work: our heroine is surrounded by testosterone fueled barrages: even her change of hairstyle drew inexplicable ire from the media circus and obvious visual ridicule inside the court. Even Judge Ito seemed to join in on the overt sexism leading me to the aforesaid alternative title. I watched the trial and the media coverage relentlessly (I worked out of my home at the time) and Marcia was literally raked over the coals for every mo ...more
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography, crime
What an absolute stunning book and must read for anyone interested in the case. It is heartbreaking, infuriating, sad and confusing at times. There is little joy in the book and the theme is quite morose. Yet, the book is very well written. She holds nothing back, the wins, the losses and the raw emotions and relationships. She gets a bit personal at time and though some of it isn't necessary, it wasn't in 94-95 either and I think that's part of the lesson. The media never should have pried as t ...more
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Without a doubt (pun intended) Marcia Clark is a woman with fortitude, perseverance and a lot of pluck. For many of us who were bombarded with the murder trial of OJ Simpson, and likewise blindsided by the acquittal, the lead prosecutor shares insight and detail into the trial that was never revealed by the news media of the 90's. I actually read this book shortly after it was published, and I wanted to re-read it now, nearly 20 years later.

Her analysis of how so much incriminating evidence agai
Sherie Lees
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Growing up I had heard of OJ Simpson and vague references to a trial, having said that I was around 4 or 5 during the murders and trial so I had little knowledge on the subject. After getting the DVD series The people vs OJ, its safe to say I wanted to find out a lot more about the case.

This book was an interesting read for me, from the prosecutions side of the case sharing a lot of things that I think went unreported (to my knowledge!)
I would say this is worth a read if you are interested in th

Der Medienrummel in den USA um den Fall O.J. Simpson war gewaltig. Bereits vor Prozessbeginn mutierte die Presse zum 13. Jurymitglied – und manch ein Reporter schwang sich zum Richter und Henker auf. Seriosität und Qualität der Berichterstattung variierten enorm. Die Causa Simpson lockte eine ganze Armee von Schmierfinken aus ihren Löchern, die nicht davor zurückschreckten, Falschinformationen zu verbreiten, Beweismaterial öffentlich zu machen und Zeug_innen stolze Summen für Interviews zu za
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography-memoir
I was interested to hear about the trial from Marcia Clark's point of view (more than any other person involved in the trial). I am so glad I chose to read this. Not only does it talk about what is going on from her perspective, but it waters down difficult forensic terminology so anyone can understand it. It also talks about and debunks theories on what the prosecution should have done differently. It never loses sight of the fact that this case was still about two people being murdered, and no ...more
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I was in high school during the OJ trial. I remember news clips of him trying on the glove, and I remember word spreading around school of the not guilty verdict on the day it came in. That’s about all I remembered. Interesting to get all this background and hear what went wrong. It’s amazing that with rock solid DNA evidence, no alibi, and a history of domestic violence that he wasn’t convicted.
Jason Schneeberger
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read for anyone, like me, who is fascinated by all of the complexities of the OJ Simpson case. Marcia gives you her firsthand account of what when on behind the scenes and in front of the camera during the Trial of the Century. Highly recommended!
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was five when the murder trial of O.J. Simpson started and, being a Brit, heard very little about the case growing up. Everything I had heard indicated that Simpson quite literally got away with murder. As I got older, the case piqued my interest and so I read up a bit about it online. I felt pretty certain that he had committed the murders but there were a few fleeting moments where I wondered if there was any chance he could have been innocent.

The reason I read this book was due to the 2016
Candie Paulsen
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is outstanding. I really appreciate Marcia Clark's 'to the point' delivery in this book. No muss, no fuss. I was 10 or so when the OJ Simpson trial was happening, so it's been interesting to revisit The Trial OfThe Century as an adult. Years later when I was a genetics major in college, the questionable testimonies by "expert witnesses" the defense called came up multiple times in my higher level science courses. While it is difficult to read Marcia's story because of the ultimate verd ...more
Mark Noonan
Dec 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
This probably took me longer to read than any other book I've read in awhile. It's not that it wasn't interesting, because it was. There's just so much going on. and legal terms which I didn't understand, and would look up on the computer. (I'm not going to take the time and effort to read a book and just skim over things I don't understand, so I look them up.)
Everyone has an Opinion on O.J. Simpson. I always thought, "guilty". Yet I couldn't help but wonder..."Could he be innocent?" After re
Mar 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Being in my earlier ages during the Simpson trial, I've since been intrigued by the case that gripped the nation. Where else can you find such an intimate look inside the case than the prosecuting attorney? Marcia Clark throughout the book is smart, witty, and at her best. Providing a view point really nobody saw and showed feelings the nation neglected it see. We see how the case effected her personally, professionally, and emotionally. Even more important she lays out the truths of the case fr ...more
Jul 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This case, with its unbelievable innocent verdict, has been fascinating for years. At the time of the trial I was stunned at the verdict. Still am, in fact. Ms. Clark's book does a great job of laying out what happened and what went wrong. At times she may not take her share of the blame, but her frustrations are very understandable. How sad that justice could not be properly served by those who, for so many reasons, felt it more important to protect a famous man who happened to have black skin ...more
Jeanette De Jesus
Aug 30, 2007 rated it really liked it
I read this book shortly after she wrote it. It served again as a way to get a glimpse of the personal as well as professional lives of the lead prosecutor in the OJ Simpson trial. As a woman, it was interesting to hear how Ms. Clark defined herself both professionally and personally and how the OJ trial impacted both definitions.
James C Rhodes Cynthia Stunich
Kept me interested

This is a very comprehensive book written by the one person who was always there. I have long admired Marcia Clark as she was thrust into chaos and maintained her integrity throughout the ordeal.
Mar 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Celebrity, racism, and sexism combined to defeat justice in the 1994 Los Angeles trial of O.J. Simpson for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. The lead prosecutor explains why. She throws in the occasional f-word, but provides a good account of the case and its impact on her life.
Marsha Belflower
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Haven't actually finished, but it is fascinating.
Mark Burtis
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Twenty years of memory from a captivating author.
May 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-reads
Good read. Watched the trial on TV and didn't really think about the real toll this case put on the prosecutors. Glad I read this book. Can't wait to read her first fiction book.
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
A very much beloved book and probably weirdly fundamental to who I am today.
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fact
I absolutely loved this book. I remember the OJ Simpson trial and remember watching the weekly update on BBC2 when I was a student. I hung on every word that the BBC transmitted and, therefore, thought that I had a reasonably accurate handle on the trail process and here is what I'd taken on board; Dream Team of top notch lawyers against a second rate representation for the prosecution that was a women who was ill qualified for the role, abrasive, had chip on her shoulder and, therefore, had no ...more
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marcia Clark's recollection of her role as prosecutor in the OJ Simpson case.

It's a very eloquent and in-detail memoir with many insights into her emotional life during that time.

She also comprehensively explained complicated trial procedures and maneuvered through the evidence record step by step - from her point of view, of course.

I wasn't too keen on her name-calling. She continuously insulted Simpson:
he is low-life scum, a sociopath, a common thug, an asshole, a scum-sucking creep, and so on
Keri Honea
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was 17 when the OJ Simpson trial began. I remember exactly where I was when I heard the verdict--I was in a college freshman history class, and we stopped down at noon to hear the verdict. The entire campus dismissed classes early because we were way too distracted to continue. I was relatively young then, and I didn't follow the case that closely. 20 years later with a job as a litigation paralegal for nearly 10, I became fascinated with this case. How in the world did he go free?

I expected a
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Marcia Clark is a former LA, California deputy district attorney, who was the lead prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson murder case. She wrote a bestselling nonfiction book about the trial, Without a Doubt, and is a frequent media commentator and columnist on legal issues. She lives in Los Angeles.
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