Author: Jeffrey Toobin
Publisher: Random House
Summary: Called by The Wall Street Journal “the pick of the litter” among books on the O.J. Simpson criminal trial, this is the definitive commentary on the most famous trial of this century.
My Thoughts: This book?? Packed full of information without ever once making me feel like I was overwhelmed or that I needed to Google lawyer jargon! I am not a lawyer, my husband would say I should be as I do enjoy an argument…but I’m not…
One of the things I loved about this book was whenever Toobin brought in a new player into the story he always gave a background into their history. I felt like I got a mini biography with each new key player and it allowed me to understand their style and angle more. And while all of these people have become ‘characters’ in the media over the years they are people and their history and past tells us a lot! Plus, I loved getting a wider picture of this trial! I found it interesting that Johnnie Cochran was previously married and that his first wife claims that he battered and abused her.
Perhaps the best thing about this book was how well balanced it was. Jeffrey Toobin starts out by stating he believes that O.J. Simpson is guilty; however that does not taint his writing. He keeps unbiased throughout. You find out what both sides did right, what they messed up on, and how they utilized the other side’s mistakes and missteps. I loved all that behind the scenes and reasoning’s for the choices and decisions made. The info on Judge Ito was also intriguing. I felt like I finally got more about how he handled the trial.
If you are interested in the trial of the century or more importantly if you are watching FX Network The People v. O.J. Simpson then this is a must read! A very comprehensive book