So why is Gilbert speaking out now? Has he gone from sinner to saint? Is he making a play for sympathy or looking to make a quick buck? No. (Proceeds from this book are going to the March of Dimes and other selected charities.) Gilbert has written this book because he regrets what he did for his adored childhood idol. He can no longer find any excuse for how he has shielded O. J. Simpson, and he is determined to tell the full truth, including:
Told with searing candor, no one comes out of this book with his reputation intact - including Gilbert. He casts a glaring light on how celebrity can corrupt, how power can mislead, and how friendship and loyalty can be perverted. His book is meant to set the record straight, to lay to rest the ghosts of that dreadful night that have haunted him ever since, and to now play what little part he can to forward the process of justice.
©2008 Mike Gilbert; (P)2008 Tantor
Book review: This book is entirely the title, it explains why O.J. got away with murder. I don't want to join the masses of finger pointers, and tsk the writer for his role in O.J.'s acquittal, I just appreciate him realizing what he had become entangled in, and writing this book to fill the rest of the world in on what happened behind the scenes. I would recommend this book if you had any opinion about the trial, or were captivated by the media footage.
Narrator review: Not the best voice, just odd sounding, it could have been better, but it's something one can adjust to.
I was reluctant to listen to this book because I would hate to profit anyone from this horrible case, but it was a great listen. To hear how those closest to OJ continue to lie and hide assets was mind boggling. This book did reveal things I didnt know about. The only comfort in the end is that OJ found his way into prison where I hope he takes the time to reflect on his actions and changes his ways. We shall see. My thoughts are on OJ's children with Nicole, now they've lost both parents, very sad. Although, based on this book, he didnt have a good relationship with them anyway.
I was really into the OJ trial and even I had a hard time getting through this one. Not a lot that was new. This is only for the hard core "fans" of the trial.
This is among my "Top 10" read so far.
Actually, I found the whole book fascinating. Think of it as seeing the inside of a clock for the first time; you know it tells you the correct time, but now you can see how the pieces work to give you the correct time.
Mel's narration of the book was like a friend telling you a story. Very easy to listen to.
There was, but I won't spoil it for other readers. They'll know it when they hear it.
There's nothing here that most of us didn't already know or at least suspect. However, you'll be taken deeper into the backstory of the "everyday O.J." than any media ever went before. If you love true story whodunits like I do, this one's worth checking out.
interested in history, science, and pulp fiction
This will conclude my binge into Simpson murders background, I hope. I found it fascinating, and perhaps you will, too. The book appealed to me because the author is not a writer or journalist. He played a small, peripheral, almost accidental part in a historical event beyond his control. As such, his wedge of experience describes a narrow, concentrated perspective rather than the overarching narrative. I think there's a place for these perspectives when considering history. Gilbert, a self described hanger-on to sports figures, gives a window into the memorabilia industry to those who, like me, are foreign to it. I find the idea of paying hundreds of dollars for a signature to be so strange and intriguing. Multiply that times the megawattage of OJ Simpson's popularity, and you have a recipe for greed, compromise, and moral equivalencies. If you are curious about this ungallant milieu, then you might like this book. For all of the author's less credible descriptions of bravado - "I told O.J., 'At least I didn't murder two people!''' - he does not spare himself when acknowledging his part in ruthless demonizing of the Goldmans and the Browns. I was also interested to hear Gilbert's interpretation of the events surrounding the murders themselves. He has a different perspective than others, and it made me appreciate the victims and their families anew. Those poor folks. The narrator is fine for the material, in my opinion.
I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.
I was really impressed with this book. He took responsibility for things he should not have done. He finally recognizes what OJ really is.
Interesting listen if you're interested in the case. Chronicles events through the eyes of OJ's former agent and close friend. The Sleaze is strong with this author--not a character to be admired--but the book seems fairly credible and honest. A good account of the aftermath of the acquittal and how OJ's life fell apart that is extremely self-pitying because the trial cost him his lifestyle. Reminds me of "With Hitler to the End" by Hitler's valet. If you're interested in the Simpson case this will give you unique, obscure details to plug in to the larger story.
It's never too late to apologize to the world for such a horrible action. I hope God forgive you. On the Goldman and Browns family I don't think they will though. Great story, interesting. It's good to know that Simpson is paying somehow.
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