List of books about the OJ case
How many books? LOTS, with even more
on the way. We aim to be as complete as
possible. So far, we have the following: 67 published books devoted entirely to the OJ
case, 8 more forthcoming, and five "Affiliated OJ books", a new
category! The grand total is 80 books!!. Please send new additions to email@example.com Many thanks to M.
L. Rantala, who identified 14 books, including her own. In addition, 18 books
on this list came from the October 7, 1995 issue of Publisher's Weekly. However,
this list is more complete than the Publisher's Weekly list, which had
a mere 36 books, all published. Thanks to Patricia Urocher for 3 books! Thanks also to
Kathy Kellermann for her help.
This list last updated Feb. 17, 1997.
- A Problem of Evidence: How
the Prosecution Freed O.J. Simpson by
Joseph Bosco, of Penthouse magazine.
- Murder in Brentwood, A book by Mark
Fuhrman is now out, published by Regnery Press, a very conservative
- His Name is Ron by the Family of Ron Goldman, with William
and Marilyn Hoffer. They received a $450,000 advance.
Dismissed , a new book by
Tom Lange and Philip Vannater, LAPD detectives, which came out just in
time for the verdict in the civil trial.
- O. J. Unmasked: The Trial, the Truth, and the Media , by M. L. Rantala (Catfeet Press, Chicago) Published in March 1996. "A
valuable and scholarly book on the Simpson case" - Vincent Bugliosi, prosecutor of Charles
Manson. This is one of the very few books that concentrates on the
evidence. To order, call 1-800-435-6850. This book has its OWN trivia test (with
answers). There is almost no overlap between the 60 questions in this
book with the questions in this trivia test..
In a review in the November 1996 issue of Esquire, writer Gerald Posner
rated the Rantala book as the third best of all the OJ books. The top
two were by Jeffrey Toobin and Vincent Bugliosi. This excellent book has its
own home page!
- Journey to
Justics Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr., with Tim Rutten (One World, 1996).
The gossip was that Cochran received an advance even bigger than Marcia
Clark's $4.2M. I found it being discounted at the grocery store, so I guess it didn't
sell too well. A quick glance while I was on the way to the milk cartons
revealed that it has lots of stuff in it besides the O. J. case.
- Killing Time by Donald Freed and Raymond P. Briggs, Jr. The authors have
been accused (http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/1472/content.html see 'Indite Mark
Fuhrman' ) of plagiarizing the material.
- The Prosecution Responds by Hank Goldberg, sidekick to Marcia Clark and
- American Tragedy: The Uncensored Story of the Simpson
Defense by Lawrence Schiller and James Willwerth.
- The Run of His Life , a new book by Jeffrey Toobin, of the New Yorker.
- Legacy of Deception by
- Blood Oath by Steven
Worth and Carl Jaspers. (I wonder if the latter author is related to the
existentialist philosophyer Karl Jaspers?...)
- If O. J. Didn't... by
- Outrage: The Five Reasons Why O. J. Simpson Got Away With
Murder by Vincent Bugliosi (Norton). Bugliosi blames the
prosecution for incompetence, thinks it was a winnable case. Bugliosi
scoffs at the Dream Team, pointing out that Shapiro had never taken a
criminal case to trial, F. Lee Bailey was on a downward slide since
losing the Patty Hearst case, and Cochran's reputation was as a civil
lawyer, not a criminal lawyer. Bugliosi was the prosecutor in the
Charles Manson case.
- The Search for Justice Robert Shapiro, O. J. attorney.
- Post Mortem Lawrence Schiller, the co-author, with O. J., of I
Want to Tell You.
- Postmortem: The O. J. Simpson
Case Jeffrey Abramson, Ed. (paperback, Basic Books).
- Trial of the Century: People of the State of California vs. Orenthan James
Simpson Frank Shmalleger, (paperback, Prentice Hall).
- Find O. J.: The Juice is Loose: The Last Laugh by Jeff Vaughn, Peter Wood
(Editor) (paperback, Fantasma Books).
- In Pursuit of Justice: The People vs. Orenthal James Simpson by Los Angeles
Times Staff (paperback, published by Los Angeles Times.
- Lessons from the Trial: The People vs. O. J. Simpson by Gerald F. Uelmen
(hardcover, Andrews and McMeel)
- The Simpson Trial in Black and White by Tom Elias, Dennis Schatzman
(General Pub group).
- Football's Great Running Back, O. J. Simpson by Ann Morse. Published by
Creative Education in March 1976 (!!!!). Definitely the oldest O. J. book.
- Madam Foreman: A Rush to Judgment? Armanda C
ooley, Carrie Bess, and
Marsha Rubin-Jackson, with a forum including Willie Cravin, Tracy Hampton,
Jeanette Harris, Tracy Kennedy, and Michael Knox, as told to Tom Byrnes, with
Mike Walker. Beverly Hills, CA, Dove Books, 1995.
- A Case of Double Murder: People vs. O. J. Simpson Milton Safran.
- In Contempt by Christopher Darden, with Jess Walter (Regan Books, an imprint
of HarperCollins, 1996). Excerpted in the March 25, 1996 issue of Newsweek. Darden will have to make ends meet on his reported payment of "only" $1.3M. You wonder how
much Clark and Darden would have received if they had obtained a
- Reasonable Doubts: The O. J. Simpson Case and the Criminal
Justice System by Alan Dershowitz, headline-hunting attorney. (Simon and Schuster)
The paperback edition, published in 1997, has the slightly changed subtitle, "the
criminal justice system and the O. J. Simpson Case". The 1996 hardback had the OJ case
- Beyond O. J.: Race, Sex, and Class Lessons for America by
Earl Ofari Hutchison, Ph. D. (Middle Passage Press, January 1996). by
the author of The Assassination of the Black Male Image . Dr.
Hutchison offers a scathing indictment of racial manipulation, gender
hysteria, class hypocrisy, sports idolotry, and celebrity mania in the
O. J. case and in America. To order, call 1-800-959-9323. Yup! It's all true. The
author really knows the score. I read the book, and it's good. I heard him interviewed on the
radio about the Million Man March, and he was impressive. Many years ago,
as "Earl Ofari", he
wrote The Myth of Black Capitalism
- Shattered by Faye Resnick (author of Nicole Brown Simpson: Chronicle of a Life
Interrupted). Dove Books, 1996,
- The Trial of OJ: How to Watch the Trial and Understand What's
Really Going On, by Charles B. Rosenberg (former consultant to LA
Law). (Publishing Partners, Los Angeles, 1994). (I never heard of the publishing
- Mistrial of the Century, by Tracy Kennedy, dismissed juror.
and Alan Abrahamson (Dove Books, 1995).
- Nicole Brown Simpson: The Private Diary of Life Interrupted, by
Faye D. Resnick "with Mike Walker". Resnick was in drug rehabilitation
at the time of the murders.
- OJ's Legal Pad, by Henry Beard and John Boswell. Illustrations by
Ron Barrett. (Villard books, 1995). A spoof. Henry Beard was with the National
- Life After Johnnie Cochran: Why I Left the Sweetest-Talking, most
successful black lawyer in LA, by Barbara Cochran Berry, with Joanne
Parrent (Basic Books, 1995). Book reveals that Tiffany Cochran and Arnelle
Simpson were debutantes together at a cotillion in 1987.
- Kato Kaelin: The Whole Truth, by Marc Eliot. (Harper
Paperbacks, 1995). Comes on two audio
cassettes instead of text, just in case you can't read.
- Fatal Attraction: Nicole and OJ's Deadly Passion by Tony
Frost (Star Books, 1995).
- OD'd on OJ: Fresh Squeezed Pump from the World's Greatest
Cartoonists , edited by Jerry Robinson and Jens Robinson (Universe,
- O. J. on Trial: The Early Years by Harry Shearer (Progress
Productions, 1995). This is a CD-ROM os Shearer's radio program.
- The Private Diary of an OJ Juror: Behind the Scenes of the Trial of
the Century. by Michael Knox with Mike Wallace (Dove Books, 1995).
- OJ: 101 Theories, Conspiracies, and Alibis, Guilty or Innocent? YOU be the Judge. by Peter Roberts
(Goldtree Press, 1995).
- I Want to Tell You, by O. J. Simpson "with Lawrence
Schiller" (Little Brown, 1995). This has sold nearly 600,000 books. The authors received a
$1 million advance. First author was in jail when book
was written. Knowledgable observers think OJ was innocent of writing the
book, but not of much else. For more details, check out the book, which
has has its own home page (!!), because it is promoted by media
giant Time-Warner. Click for a book review. There is no truth to the rumor that OJ is
planning a sequel, to be entitled Don't Make Me Tell You Again,
Bitch!.In fact, Simpson and Schiller are trying to sell a sequel
for a figure reputed to be $5.5M. It has reportedly been turned down by
Little Brown (who published the first book) and by St. Martin's Press.
- I Know You Really Want to Tell Me, But I Really Don't Want to
Know -- Alternative Answers and Letters to O. J.: A Parody by the
staff of Dove Books (Dove, 1995).
- Carmen II: A One-Act on Nicole Brown Simpson by S. Colman
(Dawn Press, 1994).
- Raging Heart: The Intimate Story of the Tragic Marriage of O.
J. and Nicole Brown Simpson, by Sheila Weller. (Pocket Books, 1995) I actually READ
this one: it's not bad!
- The O. J. Simpson Joke Book by Jack Butcher (S. P. I.
- 55 Things You'd Better Not Say Around O. J. by Anonymous
(Off Color Press, 1995). Sounds good!
- The O. J. Joke Book: How Many O. J. Jokes Does It Take to Turn a
Stomach by Anonymous (Barricade, 1994).
- Fallen Hero: The Shocking True Story Behind the O. J. Simpson
Tragedy by Don Davis (St. Martin's Press, 1994).
- The National O. J.: Special Collector's Edition! by Rick
Dees and Peter Green (Magnolia Lane, 1995).
- Juice: the O. J. Simpson Tragedy by Larry Browne (Princeton
Publishing West, 1994)
- We Are At Sidebar by Jack Walraven.
- Verdict: A Chronicle of the O. J. Simpson Trial by Linda
Deutsch and Michael Fleeman, Associated Press reporter, who has also covered high-profile
trials,including: Sirhan Sirhan, Charles Manson, Patty Hearst, Angela
Davis, Daniel Ellsberg, John DeLorean, Exxon Valdez skipper Joseph
Hazelwod, William Kennedy Smith, and the four cops who beat Rodney King.
Ms. Deutch definitely sounds like a trial junkie, only she gets paid
for it. FLASH! A friend of mine actually READ this book. She says it's a terrible
book; mainly a collection of newspaper articles, published at the rate of one or two
per month during the trial.
- O. J. Simpson: American Hero, American Tragedy, by Marc Cerasini.
- The OJ Whodunnit Book: You Figure It Out, by Larry Wolfe
Horwitz (Vertical, 1994).
- The O. J. Simpson Conspiracy: All the Facts Proving that O. J.
is 100% Innocent by Fred Hughes (Action Academy, 1995).
- Justice on Trial: An African American Perspective on the O. J.
Simpson Saga by James A. Mays (Jam Entertainment, 1995).
- Trial of the Century: You Be the Jury. by Robert J. Walton with
F. LaGard Smith. To order online, click here.
- The OJ Simpson Trial: What It Shows About Our Legal System
by Nathan Aaseng (Walker, 1995).
- The Robert Shapiro Story by Larry Kenny (First Amendment
- The Marcia Clark Story ALSO by Larry Kenny (First Amendment
- The Marcia Clark Story by George Carpozi (Celebrity Publishing,
1995). I guess the minds of great authors think alike.
- The Lies of O. J. Simpson also by the prolific George Carpozi (Celebrity
- The Dog Who Knew Too Much: The Murder Trial of the Century Viewed
from the Doghouse by Robert Stahr Reehling and Dave Stirbe (Mad Dog
- The O. J. Simpson Story: The Case for the Defense, by
Anonymous (First Amendment Publishing, 1995). The same author wrote the
next book. This book and the next item are flip-side comic books.
- The Nicole Simpson Story: The Case for the Prosecution by
Anonymous (First Amendment Publishing, 1995). This item and the
previous are flip-side comic books.
- Marcia Clark: Her Private Trials and Public Triumphs, by Clifford
L. Linedecker (Kensington, 1995)..
- OJ: A to Z, ALSO by the prolific Clifford L. Linedecker. How prolific is he? Mr. Linedecker has previously written a number of books,
My Life With Elvis
- Nurses Who Kill.
- Blood Money
- Deadly Obsession
- Hell Ranch
- The Man Who Killed Boys
- Massacre at Waco, Texaas
- Night Stalker
- Prison Groupies
- To Love, Honor and Kill
Forthcoming OJ books
- A forthcoming book by Paula Barbieri, former OJ girlfriend, for
which she received a reported $3.5 M advance.
- Beyond a Doubt, by Marcia Clark, for which she
received an advance of $4.2M. Her co-author is Teresa Carpenter. Not out
- Witness to the Prosecution by Robert Tourtelot (forthcoming,
from Dove Books). Tourtelot is the former attorney for Mark Fuhrman, and
presently the attorney for the Goldman family.
The publisher touts this book as "eye-melting, blood-curdling". How
about "stomach-churning" or "burger-masticating"? FLASH! In a Feb., 3, 1996
newspaper article, it was announced that Tourgelot has filed suit against Dove books
for refusing to publish his book! Apparently the publisher is afraid that there are
just too many O. J. books on the market. How did they ever get THAT idea??
- A forthcoming book by Joe McGinniss (Crown publishers). Look for it in fall 1998
- Another City, Not My Own by Dominick Dunne of Vanity Fair (forthcoming
in 1997, Crown). Will be a nonfiction novel, a la In Cold Blood.
- Inside the Simpson Jury: The Parallel Universe, by Brenda
Moran and Gina Rosborough. At last sight, the two jurors were working
feverishly to meet a mid-November 1995 release date. As of Feb. 1997,
this is STILL not published!
- Heidstra, the dog-walker and witness during the trial, is attempting
to sell a book. Why not? Everyone else is!
- The Memoirs of Marguerite Simpson Thomas (forthcoming,
from Crown). OJ's first wife. Book contract was signed one hour before
the verdict was announced!
Special new section! Books whose new edition includes a new chapter or afterward that
cover the O.J. Simpson trial. Just call these the "Affiliated OJ books"
- Two Nations: Black and White, Separate, Hostile, Unequal
Andrew Hacker (Ballantine, 1995). New edition has a chapter on the O. J.
- LAPD: To Protect and To Serve Joe Domanik (Pocket, 1995).
Includes an Afterward, "How the LAPD helped acquit O. J. Simpson".
- DNA in the Courtroom: A Trial Watcher's Guide by Howard Coleman and
Eric Swenson, 1994. Has a chapter on the O. J. trial. Book was published
before the trial!. Go figure. FLASH! I got an email message from Eric Swenson.
He says the book was published before the trial so that people could have a better
understanding of forensic DNA during the trial. Swenson claims that he and his co-author
Coleman know what evidence had been collected, and what experts would be called, and
what arguments would be made. Swenson also says that lawyers on both sides ordered
copies, as did many members of the media. Judge Ito ordered two copies! I wonder what
would have happened if Swenson and Comeman had predicted the outcome...would they have
held the trial anyway?
- We, the Jury Jeffrey Abramson, 1994. Paperback has new epilogue, with a
brief discussion of the O. J. case.
- The Abuse Excuse Alan Dershowitz, includes a few brief references to
the O. J. case.