Books about the O.J. Simpson case

A Listmania! list by bellczar (MINNEAPOLIS, MN United States)
The list author says: "There were more books published about the O.J. Simpson trial than about any crime since Watergate. More than about the Oklahoma bombing, even more than about September 11. This list tries to separate the wheat from the chaff. Please note that most of these books are available for one cent each!"
The Run of His Life : The People versus O. J. Simpson
1.  The Run of His Life : The People versus O. J. Simpson by Godoff
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  "The best all-around journalistic account of the trial.  If you only read one book about the case, make it this one.  Toobin thoroughly profiles all of the major players in the case and goes through the evidence and the way the lawyers approached it."
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American Tragedy
2.  American Tragedy by Lawrence Schiller
The list author says:
  "This insider account is shocking in the amount of detail that has been leaked from Simpson's lawyers.  Whoever told Schiller the privileged information in this book should have been disbarred."
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A Problem of Evidence: How the Prosecution Freed O.J. Simpson
3.  A Problem of Evidence: How the Prosecution Freed O.J. Simpson by Joseph Bosco
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  "This is not the best book about the trial, and the author spends too much time writing about himself and his fellow journalists, but it is one of the few books that explores the higher than usual burden of proof that the prosecution had to confront in the trial."
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Outrage: The Five Reasons Why O.J. Simpson Got Away With Murder
4.  Outrage: The Five Reasons Why O.J. Simpson Got Away With Murder by Vincent Bugliosi
The list author says:
  "A brilliant examination of what went wrong with the case.  Bugliosi alleges that a competent prosecutor should have been able to get a conviction.  He faults Clark for not examining enough witnesses herself.  His strongest venom is for the failure to introduce into evidence what he calls incredibly Simpsonís incriminating statement and his also incriminating statements during the Bronco chase."
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The Prosecution Responds: An O.J. Simpson Trial Prosecutor Reveals What Really Happened
5.  The Prosecution Responds: An O.J. Simpson Trial Prosecutor Reveals What Really Happened by Hank M. Goldberg
The list author says:
  "I have only read parts of this book, but Goldberg alleges that Simpson confessed to a friend of Nicole's at her funeral.  According to this part, the woman pounded on Simpson's chest and said "How could you do this?"  Simpson replied, "I'm sorry."  According to Goldberg, this constitutes a confession in California."
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In Contempt
6.  In Contempt by Jess Walter
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  "This is not a very good book.  Darden is too focused on himself."
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Reasonable Doubts: The Criminal Justice System and the O.J. Simpson Case
7.  Reasonable Doubts: The Criminal Justice System and the O.J. Simpson Case by Alan M. Dershowitz
The list author says:
  "This book is less about the Simpson case than it is a law professor's ramble about issues of due process and civil liberties in America."
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Without a Doubt
8.  Without a Doubt by Teresa Carpenter
The list author says:
  "Marcia Clark's book is self-absorbed and talks too much about her, but it contains some insightful descriptions of the trial.  She found F. Lee Bailey's controversial cross-examination of Fuhrman to be an excellent example of lawyering.  She describes how she felt betrayed by Kaelin's waffling on the stand and his efforts to depower what should have been some of her most blistering questions."
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O.J. the Last Word
9.  O.J. the Last Word by Gerry Spence
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  "A fine analysis of the case.  Spence provides an interesting theory about how Simpson might have acted after committing the murders.  He also states that the only way the crime makes sense is if the two victims were lovers."
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Murder in Brentwood
10.  Murder in Brentwood by Mark Fuhrman
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  "An insightful analysis of the evidence by the only person convicted of a crime in conjunction with the murders.  Fuhrman asserts that the knife had to have been a Swiss Army knife, making the stiletto that was at issue during the case a red herring.  (His analysis is that none of the wounds were big enough to have been caused by a stiletto.)  Fuhrman also asserts that the victims were lovers."
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Evidence Dismissed
11.  Evidence Dismissed by Tom Lange
The list author says:
  "An easy read.  This book focuses on evidence that is both incriminating and not presented at the trial, such as the transcript of Simpson's words during the Bronco chase.  If Simpson were being framed, the detective authors allege, why did he not assert this during his conversations with them during the chase and instead praise them for helping him and for "being a good guy."?"
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The Confession of O. J. Simpson
12.  The Confession of O. J. Simpson by David Bender
The list author says:
  "An entertaining novel and very easy to read, but as fiction, really doesn't fit with the other items on this list."
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Madam Foreman : A Rush to Judgement?
13.  Madam Foreman : A Rush to Judgement? by Mike Walker
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  "This book doesn't illuminate very much.  It is very easy to read, as if it was dictated."
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His Name Is Ron: Our Search for Justice
14.  His Name Is Ron: Our Search for Justice by William Hoffer
The list author says:
  "A fairly well-written book by some members of the victim's family.  They spend a lot of time arguing why they are put off by the public focusing so much on the other victim, Nicole Simpson.  The text refers to Simpson as "the murderer" throughout."
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I Want to Tell You: My Response to Your Letters, Your Messages, Your Questions
15.  I Want to Tell You: My Response to Your Letters, Your Messages, Your Questions by O. J. Simpson
The list author says:
  "Downright vapid.  As was revealed in Schiller's "American Tragedy," he, not Simpson, wrote some of the key points in this book."
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If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer
16.  If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer by O. J. Simpson
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  "I don't think this book is a confession or was actually written by Simpson.  It's a ghostwritten piece of fiction."
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Stupid answers to obvious questions 38 Jun 13, 2014
OJ is no more guilty that the Preacher's Wife who got off, and no one is pissed. 337 Jun 13, 2014
Where did everyone go? Grinn,Robin,Randy,Steve,JC? 28 Dec 8, 2011
Does anyone else believe Art is dumb enough to believe......... 113 Jul 16, 2011
Lets talk religion. 17 Jul 16, 2011
Preacher's Wife trying to get kid's back, Why are OJ bashing "Justice Advocates" not outraged about this? 456 Jun 5, 2010
Hey Pagan, 43 Feb 23, 2009
Post the most boring manefesto ever and I'll try to top it 23 Feb 23, 2009
Spector case: Who's pissed? Don't everyone raise their hands at the same time.... 179 Feb 23, 2009
Let's Talk about Tatoos 367 Feb 23, 2009
NO....WE WON"T LEAVE !!!!! How dumb are you??? 208 Feb 23, 2009
I see nothing in this forum has changed much. 40 Feb 23, 2009
 
   

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Qualifications: political science PhD; taught law; read almost all books about trial
Last updated: 11/3/12
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