I bought this book (at great expense) thinking that I'd treat myself to a scholarly look at the OJ trial. Having read most of the major players' books and having enjoyed the vast majority, I was looking around for more.
Within the first few pages of the Introduction (by Janice Schuetz) I was already scratching my head, confronted with sentences such as: "As the jury foreperson announced the verdict, "not guilty", women at the Battered Women's Center in L.A. screamed for joy, while at the same time other Americans challenged the verdict as an "outrage"".
Is it just me, or does that sentence seem rather unlikely? Battered women screaming for joy at O.J.'s release?
Also, blatant incorrect statements such as:
"The media also created villains in both the criminal and civil cases. Mark Fuhrman was the despicable racist cop who found the bloody glove at the murder scene." WRONG. Mark Fuhrman didn't find the glove at the murder scene at all - he found it at Simpson's place. (page 11)
"The media spectacle began with the nationally televised, low-speed chase of Simpons's white Bronco on June 17, 1993...". WRONG - it was Al Cowlings' Bronco, not Simpson's. (page 22)
"A controversial feature of the police investigation was that the LAPD entered the Simpson estate with a questionable search warrant, and then detective Fuhrman found a wet, bloody glove." WRONG - they didn't have a search warrant at that time - that's what the fuss was all about! (page 72)
As well as some completely misunderstood readings of the trial transcripts on page 63 (about Fuhrman disobeying some orders), other OJ-trial followers, and ones more alert than I, will doubtless find many other errors. These are just the ones that I picked up on at first glance, made mainly by Scheutz.
The price of this book was astronomical compared to many, but in no way do you get your money's-worth. Although Lilley, Gill, Burnett and Ganer's chapters are less error-ridden, none of them, to my mind, are particularly interesting or informative. It's one of those books that seems to be an inch of meaning to a mile of noise - incredibly frustrating. If you want a higher-brow/high-end book about the Simpson case, I'd recommend Darnell Hunt's book, O. J. Simpson Facts and Fictions: News Rituals in the Construction of Reality