From the outside, the prosecution's case looked bulletproof, but Marcia Clark knew better. Mountains of physical evidence connected O. J. Simpson to the murders of Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman, but that didn't mean it would be easy. For the woman charged with prosecuting the "Trial of the Century", the light of fame would glow white hot, as the media scrutinized her strategy, her family, even her hair. As the case spun out of control, Marcia Clark stood tall - a single mother fighting an army of overpaid attorneys and a judge who let the media coverage go to his head. Now she tells her story.
The bloody glove, the botched evidence collection, the LAPD's war with the black community of Los Angeles - Marcia Clark understands every moment of the O. J. Simpson trial like no one else. In this gripping account of her life, her career, and the trial that made her a legend, Clark shows what it truly means to fight for justice.
©1997 Marcia Clark (P)1997 Penguin Random House LLC
The book version of this is different from the audio version; the order of some parts is mixed and the book seems to have a bit more information.
If you watched the tv show, then you simply must listen to this book. The Tv show was good but it missed a lot of important arguments and details. Not to mention, the Tv show does not come with narration which is key to those without law degrees.
I came here after being one of the many millennials to experience the trial of O.J. Simpson for the first time through the FX mini-series; American Crime Story: The People vs O.J. Simpson. My reasoning for choosing this book is because of the way in which Marcia Clark was portrayed and treated in the show, I wanted to learn more about her and her story, what better way to do so than to experience her book read aloud in her own voice.This book was an excellent memoir detailing the trials and tribulations (quite literally) of Marcia's life, both during the O.J. circus and in her life leading up to it. That being said, this book is not entirely what I was expecting. I came to this book with the idea that it would be a scathing, 10 chapter rant about the so called 'Dream Team', the media, Judge Ito and the jury, although there were aspects of my assumptions present in her work, Marcia chose to talk openly about how the trial effected her emotionally and physically, personally and professionally. Far from the stone cold bitch she appears when on a roll in the courtroom, Marcia showed herself to be a warm and humble person, a feat that must have been incredibly difficult coming off a time where every aspect of her appearance, personality and behaviour was scrutinised on every news stand across the USA.If you're old enough to remember watching the trial, prepare to relive the experience through the eyes of one of the key players. If, like myself, you're a millennial coming from The People vs O.J, prepare to experience a deeper and unrestricted insight to the backstage happenings of the trial. If you're one of the people who was sceptical or judgmental of any aspect of Marcia Clark, prepare to feel a pang of guilt at your young, uninformed and misguided views.
So great to finally hear in her words just how unjust that trial turned out to be! Much respect, Marcia!!!!!♡
I loved it!
It was absolutely riveting and I really appreciated hearing directly from Marcia as she reflected back on her feelings and experiences during that difficult time.
I enjoyed her candour and her no-holds-barred blunt options; she doesn’t pull any punches! (nothing nice to say about Judge Lance Ito… Yikes!!!)
I was so absorbed by the “behind the scenes” machinations, it made me want to read a version told by someone on the Dream Team to see how their brains work. Being in the “he did it camp” myself, I can completely sympathize with the prosecution’s case and can’t imagine their devastation upon losing… but what drove the defence? Money? I find it impossible to imagine that they really thought he was innocent.
What a complicated mess!
"Marcia On Point!"
Generally, I'm deterred and purposely refrain from an abridged novel as it neglects poignant details, however, Marcia hit the highlights and articulately delivers with unwavering passion.
"Marcia Clark's version of the trial."
Over 20 years later and due to the recent TV show I'm finally listening to books I had not yet listened to about the OJ Simpson trial. I lived in Southern California back then and it was THE news for the months of took for the trial. It is nice getting some perspectives not possible at the time.
I feel this abridged version is perfectly adequate for this story, and I don't think if the unabridged version comes out of would be worth the purchase or the credit to hear it.
I am glad that Clark herself read the story and feel she's is a very good reader.
OJ did it, and he got away with murder because of many problems and not just the Prosecutors, if anything I think the biggest failure sits with former Judge Ito to be in control of his Court. I think the results and demeanor of the civil trial proves that.
Next book I'm listening to regarding this trial is the book by Vincent Bugliosi. Then I'll be OJ'd out!
"An inside look"
After completing the recent Fox series on OJ I took renewed interest in the story. I always thought he was guilty & was shocked & saddened to watch the actual story unfold along with the racial issues that were evident. I was disgusted by the "dream team". Marcia Clark has a great deal to be proud of with her handling of a very difficult case. She has done quite well for herself, many others have not. Really enjoyed her reading of the story
"Unfortunately, nothing new"
Adequate, but disappointing… While this has all the information you could want about the crime and details of what happened in court play-by-play… There's really no new information, if you've ever watched any of the many, many documentaries or specials on OJ Simpson or Nicole Brown.
So if that's the true working for, this is not it.
"Thank You Marcia Clark"
The ending was pretty amazing, as she describes how her life moved forward with the writing of this book. Having faced a 30 yr silence for an issue she endured at 17 yrs old, I completely relate to her story, back when she was young, innocent & vulnerable.
I didn't know this was abridged until the end. I never purchase abridged books, but honestly -- I had no idea what I was missing because it was clear, concise & complete. now I am interested in listening to the full story..
Thanks Again Marcia Clark, you rock :)
"wonderful book - but background talking spoils it"
no - background voices were irritating while trying to listen to the narrator.
yes - check that someone isnt talking in the background/no echo
yes - irritation due to a background voice
This book was so well written! I was only about 18 when all this happened, but I do remember the bronco chase very clearly and the sad story of the murders of Ron and Nicole.
It is utterly shocking of the truth told in this book and how OJ walked away a "free" man with all the evidence that was against him.
UNBELIEVABLE how this cld have happened and how a whole jury turned a blind eye to celebrity instead of the lives that were viciously stolen from the victims and their families...
Well done Marcia Clark. Stand proud of all that you did. Though you didn't "win" the case you did a fantastic job and you shld be proud of all your hard work. The American public knows he did it, even if some of them chose to deny the facts and the truth.
"Clarks wit, intelligence and integrity are clear on every page"
Marcia Clark has written a riveting inside account of just how frustrating trying to prosecute O.J. Simpson was during those crazy days in 90's L. A. Although while it was happening live, I think we all as a country knew something grotesque was taking place, it isn't until years later, upon reflection, that we really get a sense of just how dirty and despicable the whole charade of that trial turned out to be.
While Marcia takes blame where she deserves it, clearly the majority of the problem resides with the media's obsession with celebrity, and the idea of using race to cloud what was a simple double murder case. Anyone with any ounce of intelligence or ability to think logically must conclude that the only possible killer of Nicole and Ron is O.J. Simpson. Marcia certainly isn't the first and she won't be the last, but in this book she makes it abundantly clear just how impossible every conspiracy theory and ridiculous notion that the defense threw out truly was.
Finally, one gets a true sense of how awful it must have been to work so hard on a case knowing that you have a jury that seems particularly uninterested in learning the truth and sees the trial as a way to make a statement, not provide justice for the true victims. And of course a judge and a defense team that exploits these worst tendencies. Marcia discusses it all and you truly get a sense that this is an honest intelligent woman with a lot of integrity.
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