Arrow to publish The People v. O.J. Simpson
Selina Walker, Publisher at Century and Arrow, has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights (exc. Canada) for THE PEOPLE V O.J SIMPSON by the former assistant U.S attorney, turned staff writer for The New Yorker, Jeffrey Toobin.
Toobin’s fasPeople v OJ Simpsoncinating account was the inspiration for the hit U.S TV drama The People v O.J Simpson: American Crime Story. Boasting a star studded cast including: John Travolta, Cuba Gooding Jr and David Schwimmer, the programme saw viewing figures of 11.5 million on its opening night, a network record. Arrow will publish in the UK as the series airs on BBC2.
First published less than a year after the O.J Simpson trial, Jeffery Toobin explores the secret dealings and manoeuvring on both sides of the case, and how a combination of the prosecution’s over-confidence, the defence’s shrewdness, and the Los Angeles Police Department’s incendiary history with the city’s African-American community, gave a jury what it needed: reasonable doubt.
Rich in character, as propulsive as a legal thriller, this enduring narrative continues to shock and fascinate with its candid depiction of the human drama that upended the world. The People vs. O.J Simpson tells the whole story, from the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman to the ruthless gamesmanship behind the scenes of what was to become one of the trials of the century.
Selina Walker says ‘I remember being totally fascinated by the OJ Simpson trial, which at the time felt like a Shakespearean tragedy with small objects being given almost totemic significance. This fascinating book gives us all the behind the scenes action we missed first time around, and of course is the basis for the dramatic TV series about to come to the BBC later this month. I am delighted to be publishing it on the Arrow list where it will take its place among our true-crime classics’.
Jeffrey Toobin says ‘This is a great story about everything that obsesses the American people: this is a story about race, sex, violence and sport … and the only eye witness is a dog’.
This book will be published by Arrow as an eBook on 18th February and in paperback on 3rd March 2016, £7.99
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Jeffrey Toobin was an assistant U.S. attorney before becoming a staff writer at The New Yorker, which published ‘An Incendiary Defence’, his ground-breaking article on the O.J Simpson case. He still works at The New Yorker and is a senior legal analyst at CNN, and the bestselling author of The Oath: The Obama White House. A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, he lives with his family in New York.