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Can't Forgive: My 20-Year Battle with O.J. Simpson [Kindle Edition]

Kim Goldman
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Don’t tell her she needs to find closure. Don’t ask her to forgive and forget.

When Kim was just 22, her older brother, Ron Goldman, was brutally killed by O.J. Simpson. Ron and Kim were very close, and her devastation was compounded by the shocking not guilty verdict that allowed a smirking Simpson to leave as a free man.

It wasn’t Kim’s first trauma. Her parents divorced when she was young, and she and Ron were raised by their father. Her mother kidnapped her, telling her that her father didn’t love her any more. When she was 14, she was almost blinded from severe battery acid burns on her face during an automobile accident, requiring three reconstructive surgeries.

But none of these early traumas compared to the loss of her brother, the painful knowledge that his killer was free, and fact that she could not even grieve privately—her grief was made painfully public. Counseled by friends, strangers, and even Oprah to “find closure,” Kim chose a different route. She chose to fight.

Repeatedly, Kim and her family pursued Simpson by every legal means. Foiled over and over again, they ultimately achieved a small measure of justice.

Kim’s story is one of tragedy, but also of humanity and, often, comedy. Living life as one of America’s most famous “victims” isn’t always easy, especially as a single mother in the dating market. She often had bizarre first date experiences, with one man even breaking down into tears and inconsolable with grief after realizing who she was.

Ultimately Kim’s story is that of an ordinary person thrown into extraordinary circumstances at a very young age, and who had the courage—despite the discouragement of so many—to ignore the conventional wisdom and never give up her fight for justice.


Product Details

  • File Size: 466 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Publisher: BenBella Books (May 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IQY3E0A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,596 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Read! May 9, 2014
This is a very interesting look into how Kim Goldman really is. She seems like a great lady and I have so much respect for her, especially after reading her story. We all think we know her after seeing her all over the tv during and after the Simpson trial, but her book gives us a look into her life and experience of losing her brother to murder. I'm so glad I read this and recommend others to do the same as you might be surprised at how you can relate to her in unexpected ways.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired by her never-ending fight for justice! May 9, 2014
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I remember the day the not-guilty verdict came down vividly, watching Kim Goldman throw her head into her hands sobbing with grief. I can't imagine what it would be like to lose a sibling so violently and in such a public way. What I was struck by then, and now, is how Kim carried and continues to carry herself with such poise, despite the horror that she's lived through. This book gives insight into all the tragedy in Kim's early life that have made her the woman she is today: a victims rights advocate, a mother, a friend, a strong woman with sage words and a sense of humor. After reading this book, I am inspired by her never-ending fight for justice.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars surprised May 11, 2014
I didn't know what to expect, when I downloaded this book; assumed it would be a rehash of trial stuff, but it wasn't. Learned a lot about Kim growing up - about her dad, brother, and her current life. I couldn't stop reading it - felt like we were old buddies, just chatting over coffee. I appreciated her honesty, and I learned so much about grief, and healing and coping with tragedies. Strange to feel a sense of pride when I finished reading, but I did. God Speed Kim.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! May 14, 2014
By Anthony
This is a very interesting book. I did not follow the trial when it occurred, i'm glad the book is more than just a rehash of those events. I learned a lot about Kim and her family. There is so much more to her that we never really knew. I appreciated her honesty and ability to reveal herself.
She is inspiring in how she balances everything in her life, continuing to work in non-profit, victim advocacy, mother, writer, etc, etc.

Highly recommend!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt book June 6, 2014
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Great read. Good insight of how hard it is to lose a sibling. Especially when the whole world is watching. I was always curious how Kim really did handle this tragic loss and who she was. I liked that she wrote about her upbringing good and not so good.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank You June 10, 2014
I have never lost anyone, so I am not sure I can comprehend the concept of forgiving someone - but I really appreciated Kim's honest approach towards her life and her son. I didn't know much about her before (other than the news, of course), made me sad to hear some of the stories of her past, but the relationship with her brother, her dad and Sam, seems to have helped her a lot and that made me smile by the end. I think this book would be helpful for my girlfriend, whose daughter was killed a few years ago. She struggles with the loss obviously, but a lot of what she feels on a day to day basis, Kim's speaks about in her book. Kim gave me a few pointers that I think will help, when my girlfriend is having a rough day too, so for that I say thank you! I would definitely tell my friends/family to buy it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking June 23, 2014
This book was truly heartbreaking to read. To all the reviewers who commented about being disappointed this book was about Kim and her life, please read the title of this book....again. The title states it is Kim Goldman's battle with the man currently in jail in Nevada. It baffles me that anyone would think this book would NOT be about Ms. Goldman's life.

After 20 years this country is still deeply divided by the outcome of this trial. Sadly, it should never have been about race although I do understand why it ended up being about that.

What people forget is two families lost a loved one. If you have never had a family member murdered, I'm not sure you can fully understand the the devastation you feel, as well as the reality that your life life will be profoundly changed. My aunt was murdered and things forever changed. Murder is no longer something I read about in a paper or hear on the news.

I hope when you read this book, you realize that the Goldman family experienced a great loss. How stressful do you think it was for her family to have a celebrity being charged? How awful is it that murder took away their son? Yet, they suffered more than most of us, their trial for the murders was televised. Millions of people took sides, instead of this trial being about evidence and justice, it became about race. How would you feel if your loved one was killed and it became about race? With people who have never met all the parties involved suddenly making assumptions and "feeling" they knew what had really happened. Really, did you know the people involved like the the brown family?

All I ask is that you don't judge Ms. Goldman for sharing what life has been like since she lost her brother.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read June 6, 2014
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Made me realize why I don't care for Oprah!! Maybe a bit of of chick book, but a good read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Each of us like Kim has unique struggles
It's an interesting book!! It shows how human are and how much healing can take place in our own time. Each of us like Kim has unique struggles. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Sonja McDougal
1.0 out of 5 stars Debbie downer
With all due respect she lost her brother there is nothing mentioned about his life that was positive. It was a long and difficult read due to it being all negative
Published 21 days ago by Jeannie Shanklin
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing. I could not put it down
Amazing. I could not put it down. A must read
Published 23 days ago by Tracey Scott
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It was ok
Published 24 days ago by Rhoda Barcan
3.0 out of 5 stars the book seems to me to dwell too much on the negatives - this woman...
This young lady has had a tortured life, beginning with an uncaring mother, and a need that arises from that unfortunate circumstance. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Cotton Top
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the paper it's printed on
A self involved, pointless book that has more to do with Kim looking for a date than her brother. Enough already, seriously. Stop capitalizing on his tragic death.
Published 26 days ago by T. Jacobsen
1.0 out of 5 stars A poorly written rehash of the injustice we all experienced ...
A poorly written rehash of the injustice we all experienced in the crime. Kim Goldman is still hurting and most of us wish her well. But the book is not worth reading.
Published 29 days ago by Schnauzerbark
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
interesting.
Published 1 month ago by C. wildasin
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring waste of money.
I am so sorry I spent the money on this Kindle book $9.95?? Okay, I am incredibly sorry that this happened to her brother, of course.
However this book is so, so boring. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kerry
3.0 out of 5 stars The title is fitting, but I wonder if she ...
The title is fitting, but I wonder if she has the capacity to forgive. She seems to perceive herself as being everyone's victim. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mutts' Mom
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