The best part of this collection of essays remarking on the O. J. Simpson case is the reminder that what we saw on television and read in the newspaper wasn't the whole story. The authors--lawyers and academics for the most part--aren't primarily interested in questions of guilt or innocence. Instead, they look at the marketing of the Simpson trial and the falseness of the "race neutral" concept when applied to the trial and its aftermath. In the end, it's hard to disagree with Ann Ducille
, who concludes that "If we are not actually the worse for it all . . . we have most certainly been shown at our worst by it."
From Library Journal
It may seem, after more than two years of reporting, speculation, argument, and courtroom drama, that everything that could be written about the Simpson case has been written. Yet this collection of 12 essays, edited by Nobel Prize-winning author Morrison and Princeton professor Lacour, proves there is much more to discuss. From George Lipsitz's careful analysis of marketing and the perception of race in the media to Ann Ducille's discussion of the public perception of Nicole Brown Simpson, these commentaries will pique the interest of even the most weary reader. These pieces provide stimulating challenges to the easy answers and widely held assumptions so readily embraced by many Americans, black and white, about the "trial of the century." Scholarly, provocative, and engrossing, this is highly recommended for public and academic libraries.
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