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Raging Heart: The Intimate Story of the Tragic Marriage of O.J. and Nicole Brown Simpson Hardcover – March, 1995

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I've had this book since it came out. It's simply wonderful!! I hope EVERYONE goes out and buys it! --Marcia Clark

GRIPPING...Raging Heart paints a tale... [of an] obsessive relationship spiraling out of control on both ends. --USA Today

Compelling…Sheila Weller gained great access… for those who want to learn all sides of the sordid story. Publishers Weekly --Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Raging Heart is so revealing that the book itself became part of the actual O.J. Simpson murder trial. It is the only book to trace the path of O.J. and Nicole's fatal love story through the eyes of the people who really knew them. Acclaimed journalist Sheila Weller gained the unprecedented cooperation of Nicole Brown Simpson's family, and had exclusive access to O.J. and Nicole's friends who reveal private information here for the first time. Though the story that unfolds in Raging Heart was never fully explored in court, the revelations from its incisive reporting sent shock waves through the trial. Raging Heart is full of explosive information from people who knew, but couldn'tor wouldn'ttell their stories on the witness stand. As vivid as a home movie, Raging Heart is an explicit, heartrending look behind the verdict of the centuryand the one book the O.J. Simpson jurors would be astonished to read. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; First Edition (stated) edition (March 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671521454
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671521455
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #364,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very good read if you ever wanted to know what really went on behind closed doors. Very sad too when you know how it all ends. I lived a similar life with my ex so it hits close to home. What is sad is how all the people around Nicole, enabled her to continue on in this life. It is as if everyone knew what a monster he was but they just ignored it. I understand you can't force a person to leave, but when your own family ignores it, she really didn't have much guidance or support to leave. O.J. had a hold on the whole family, their friends--everyone. He either employed them or gave them a life rich in luxury that they didn't want to cut ties. Very sad. He was the master manipulator.
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I just read this book. I had already read Faye's book after the trial, then I just read OJ's If I did it book, I then re read Fayes and now this one. Its really a great compilation seeing everything fit together.

I really like a lot of the backdrop and various accounts on stories, more detail to stories already told or some that I never knew.

Such as Nicoles Breasts being slashed not being mentioned, or that Nicole kept Dr. Susans Forwards Obsessive Love Book around the home and met with her twice for counsel on her situation.

Accounts from various friends in their lives and Nicoles own family, this one has more bio on Nicoles life and family as a child and up until OJ entered the picture.

You can see where a woman was trapped by control, by expectations from friends and family, by lack of help from the police the numerous times she phoned them.

How Nicole had a mixed up sense of Love with OJ, and how young she was when she met him(how she came home with her pants torn and held them shut after their first date) He tore them to have sex with her.

Nicole was truly formed as a teen and was now trying to find her own identity but also deal with the insanity that was OJ. A quote in the book I think sums it up....

"It was precisely that charm, alternating with rage, precisely that Jekyll-Hyde quality, Dr. Forward explained to Nicole made OJ so dangerously hard to deal with. As she observed: "The switching from charm to rage leaves you totally off balance. Everything thats right on Monday is wrong on Tuesday. So your always watching- your on emotional alert all the time."

I recommend this book if you devour info on this case! And a good book for those dealing with Domestic Violence because you can see Nicoles back and forthness on trying to reconcile vs getting him out of her life, she never really could get him away.
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I had no interest in reviewing old news but when the OJ anniversary came up and I realized that a writer in social media I truly respect wrote this journalism-infused biography, I had to read Sheila Weller's Raging Heart. It's not about cops and murderers and evidence gone awry; sure, there's some of that here but at a minimum. What Ms. Weller does seamlessly is sketch out both Nicole Brown and her husband, OJ Simpson, from their childhoods through their union that ended in her death.

It was so sad to read how this young girl, 18 when they met, became addicted just as he did. Ms. Weller's ability to flesh out this deadly combination of personalities that too often result in the wives of these toxic unions meeting harm's way suggests that she understands psychology and the human condition as much as she understands journalistic storytelling. Once you understand the cycle of abuse that Sheila Weller understands so well, you also realize that the fate of these women is destined. This story is penned through that prism and for this reason, Raging Heart reads unlike any other story I've ever read about these deadly unions. I wish it were required reading in high school and college 'psycho/soc' courses. Young people should understand the deadly combination of this mutual addiction that so often ends in tragedy. They should study Nicole and OJ, two glam people-bigger than life-whose fatal attraction to each other killed her.

She was just 18 when they met. Someone should have told her early on-the first time he bashed her face-that she had to leave. They weren't even married yet. Someone should have told her that if he hit his first wife, he would hit her-that no one is that special, not even her.
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This book seems to dish as much dirt on Nicole and her "inner circle" friends as it does on O.J. himself--at times, Weller seems to simultaneously praise and criticize many of the key players in the O.J. Simpson saga. The fact that she particularly criticizes and talks badly about Faye Resnick (and indirectly accuses her of having led Nicole into a lifestyle that angered and enraged Simpson) is very unfroffessional and done in poor taste. The fact that the Brown family had a well-publicized dispute with Weller because of the things she wrote here comes as no surprise (as does the fact that the Goldman family refused to be interviewed by her).
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I had no interest in reviewing old news but when the OJ anniversary came up and I realized that a writer in social media I respect wrote this journalism-infused biography, I had to read Sheila Weller's Raging Heart. It's not about cops and murderers and evidence gone awry; sure, there's some of that here but at a minimum. What Ms. Weller does seamlessly is sketch out both Nicole Brown and her husband, OJ Simpson, from their childhoods through their union that ended in her death.

It was so sad to read how this young girl, 18 when they met, became addicted just as he did. Ms. Weller's ability to flesh out this deadly combination of personalities that too often result in the wives of these toxic unions meeting harm's way suggests that she understands psychology and the human condition as much as she understands journalistic storytelling. Once you understand the cycle of abuse that Sheila Weller understands so well, you also realize that the fate of these women is destined. This story is penned through that prism and for this reason, Raging Heart reads unlike any other story I've ever read about these deadly unions. I wish it were required reading in high school and college 'psycho/soc' courses. Young people should understand the deadly combination of this mutual addiction that so often ends in tragedy. They should study Nicole and OJ, two glam people-bigger than life-whose fatal attraction to each other killed her.

She was just 18 when they met. Someone should have told her early on-the first time he bashed her face-that she had to leave. They weren't even married yet.
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