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 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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."?"
"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."