Book Club: The Run of His Life: The People vs. O.J. Simpson

The O.J. Simpson case is something that has always been so fascinating to me. I think most people now realize that with the evidence given, O.J. was guilty of what he was acquitted of. But while I knew that major part of the case, I never really knew any of the details, or even why most people were shocked that he was found not guilty. When I found this book at a little free library and saw that this is what the FX series was based off of, I immediately picked it up. I had already seen the FX series before so I was excited to delve into more details regarding the case and how the prosecution could have lost a case that should have been in the bag for them. 

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

Goodreads synopsis: 

A behind-the-scenes look at the crime of the century and the legal proceedings that followed sheds new light in the arrest and trial of O.J. Simpson, the evidence in the case, and the role of the prosecution and defense.

My Review: 

I admit, I saw the FX series before I read the book so I came in thinking I knew all there is to know about this trial. Boy was I ever glad I was wrong - the details that the book gets is incredibly astonishing! 

Jeffrey Toobin is an attorney-turned-journalist for the New Yorker and for this book, his legal background was incredibly essential for breaking down the significance of every detail of the case. I'm not a legal expert so I found his writing very helpful and helped me understand not just the legal process but why certain events were important to note. Toobin explained standard protocol for such legal proceedings which helped me understand how far the police went to  actually protect Simpson and why even that was so out of character for what LAPD was known to do at the time. I learned how the defense turned the case into a racial profiling case, even though the case should have been about domestic violence and how that pivot worked to their advantage. I learned that despite the overwhelming amount amount of evidence that pointed to Simpson murdering Nicole Brown, the missteps that occurred while presenting their arguments and the role of sexism that was incredibly apparent against the lead prosecutor, Marcia Clark. 

I loved Toobin's pacing of events and the way he introduced each major player of the trial and their backgrounds to help understand their motivations. Toobin's writing is easy to digest and well thought-out which I loved!

I recommend this book to anyone interested in true crime or legal proceedings. It's a great read and I guarantee you'll be excited to read the result (despite knowing what it is beforehand). 


  1. Good to know the book can offer more than the show! Because my thoughts were exactly like yours... I pictured the FX series! I would def be intrigued to read this!

  2. This sounds like a great read! The OJ case is so fascinating!

  3. It sounds like it would be a fascinating read! It's funny as I just recently finished reading the book 'the woman who fooled the world' about Belle Gibson and it is not what I'd normally go for, I tend to go for more lighthearted reads, but I was so fascinated by it, sounds like this book would be similar.

    Hope that you are having a good week so far! I've returned to work this week which was a bit of a shock after a month off over Christmas, ha!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  4. Sounds like such a good read!! I will have to check it out!

  5. I watched The People vs OJ on Netflix and didn't even realize there was a book! It's definitely a very interesting case. I read so much about it after watching the series on Netflix...this book is totally something I would be into!


  6. Interesting! I never really followed/kept up with the OJ Simpson news, and I didn't watch the TV show either... but I can never turn down a book!

  7. I so need to read this! I watched the FX series too and would love to learn more!

    The Blush Blonde


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