The People Vs. O.J. Simpson is one of the most famous court cases in recent history. O.J. ‘The Juice’ Simpson was an American Football player who was accused of the murders of his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Robert Goldman. This resulted in a trial that gripped the world and a verdict that was more unexpected than the murders themselves.
Written just a year after the court case had ended, The People V. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin was published. It is the definitive account of the court case, reported without bias and showing all sides of the incredibly complicated trial. Toobin was a legal journalist held in the highest regard and his account of what happened covers everything from the trial itself, to the back room dealings and secret pacts made on both sides
Toobin articulates what he saw and learned with a tremendously gripping narrative, one that shows the clever dealings of the defence, using the history of civil rights to their advantage and the over confidence of the prosecution who could not imagine that the verdict would be anything other than guilty given the evidence. He takes an in depth look at just how every twist and turn allowed the trial to strengthen its grip on a nation and in deed the world at large,
The book is filled with everything that a best selling thriller needs to hold an audience captive, the only difference is that this all really happened in 1994. It is an unapologetic look at the American justice system at the time and how so much depends on who stands to represent the accused, the ego of the prosecution and most of all, the affinity and sympathy that the jury holds with the defendant.
An expertly written and thrilling read, anyone who is watching the new T.V show about Simpson would be more than suited to pick up and read this book.