Wednesday, July 6, 2016

The Run of His Life by Jeffrey Toobin

  • THE BOOK
    • The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin
    • Published September 1996
    • Other works by the author: he writes for The New Yorker magazine and works as a political analyst on CNN. 

  • THE PREMISE
    • This is a legal journalist's account of the O.J. Simpson trial which Toobin attended as it happened in 1994 and 1995.
    • It basically covers the participants in the trial, the evidence, and the media storm that ensued.

  • MY THOUGHTS
    • I recently watched the ABC/ESPN 5-part documentary called "O.J.: Made in America", covering everything from his beginnings to his current stint in prison.
      • What was fascinating about the documentary and book was how well each explained the long time institutional racism that led to the "not guilty" verdict. After decades of abuses at the hands of the LAPD the African-American community rallied behind "their own" and let him escape conviction for two brutal murders.
      • As a celebrity, especially a sports star, he actually received special treatment from the LAPD unlike non-famous black men.
      • The problem was this: O.J. didn't deserve it. He was famously quoted, "I'm not black; I'm O.J.!"
    • This book was also the basis for the recent TV show "American Crime Story" (which I did not watch).
    • The book has a definite point of view: Simpson obviously did it. So if you feel he is guilty of murder then you will read the book and shake your head in disgust. If you believe he was not guilty then you might not agree with most of the book.
    • I came away so sorry for the victims, Nicole and Ron.

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