The Run of His Life by Jeffrey Toobin
The People v. O.J. Simpson

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Although we all know how the story ends, it’s how the trial evolved that makes The Run of His Life a fascinating case study of how a verdict in a murder trial was shaped largely by the racist turbulence of the times.
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Synopsis

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The inspiration for American Crime Story: The People v. O. J. Simpson on FX, starring Cuba Gooding, Jr., John Travolta, David Schwimmer, and Connie Britton
 
The definitive account of the O. J. Simpson trial, The Run of His Life is a prodigious feat of reporting that could have been written only by the foremost legal journalist of our time. First published less than a year after the infamous verdict, Jeffrey Toobin’s nonfiction masterpiece tells the whole story, from the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman to the ruthless gamesmanship behind the scenes of “the trial of the century.” Rich in character, as propulsive as a legal thriller, this enduring narrative continues to shock and fascinate with its candid depiction of the human drama that upended American life.
 
Praise for The Run of His Life
 
“This is the book to read.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
 
“This book stands out as a gripping and colorful account of the crime and trial that captured the world’s attention.”—Boston Sunday Globe
 
“A real page-turner . . . strips away the months of circuslike televised proceedings and the sordid tell-all books and lays out a simple, but devastating, synopsis of the case.”—Entertainment Weekly
 
“A well-written, profoundly rational analysis of the trial and, more specifically, the lawyers who conducted it.”—USA Today
 
“Engrossing . . . Toobin’s insight into the motives and mind-set of key players sets this Simpson book apart from the pack.”—People (one of the top ten books of the year)


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About Jeffrey Toobin

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Jeffrey Toobin has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since January, 1993.Mr. Toobin is also the legal analyst for ABC News and the author of the books, "A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal that Nearly Brought Down a President" (Random House, 2000), and "The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson" (Random House, 1996).  Since joining the magazine, Mr. Toobin has covered legal affairs and written articles on such subjects as Kenneth Starr's investigation of President Clinton, the Paula Jones sexual harassment case, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas,  and the trials of Timothy McVeigh and O.J. Simpson.  His article "An Incendiary Defense," published in the July 25, 1994, issue of the magazine, disclosed for the first time the Simpson defense team's plans to accuse Mark Fuhrman of planting evidence and to play "the race card."Prior to joining The New Yorker, Mr. Toobin served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Brooklyn, New York.  He also served as an associate counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel Lawrence E. Walsh, an experience that provided the basis for his first book, "Opening Arguments: A Young Lawyer's First Case--United States v. Oliver North."  Mr. Toobin received his A.B. from Harvard College in 1982, and in 1986, graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.  In the 1995-96 academic year, he was a fellow at the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center at Columbia University.  Mr. Toobin lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.
 
Published March 27, 2013 by Random House Trade Paperbacks. 498 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical, Law & Philosophy, Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for The Run of His Life
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Blog Critics

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Reviewed by Adam Henig on Dec 15 2013

Although we all know how the story ends, it’s how the trial evolved that makes The Run of His Life a fascinating case study of how a verdict in a murder trial was shaped largely by the racist turbulence of the times.

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Entertainment Weekly

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Reviewed by Dana Kennedy on Sep 20 1996

Toobin’s blunt, sardonic, often morbidly funny book (he even includes the police ”interview” with the Akita) is a dead-on take on what was not so much the murder of the century as the travesty of the century.

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LA Times

Below average
Reviewed by Bella Stumbo on Sep 08 1996

And, finally, this book is oddly devoid of real people talking outside the court setting. Example: In all those pages, Toobin gives us just one paragraph of an extemporaneous Clark (griping about Ito in the hallway). Other trial personalities are never depicted in close-up at all...

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Seattle PI

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Reviewed by Adam Henig on Dec 14 2013

Although we all know how the story ends, it's how the trial evolved that makes The Run of His Life a fascinating case study of how a verdict in a murder trial was shaped largely by the racist turbulence of the times.

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People

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on Sep 30 1996

Toobin's insight into the motives and mind-set of key players sets this Simpson book apart from the pack.

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