American Heiress

American Heiress

The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst

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From New Yorker staff writer and bestselling author of The Nine and The Run of His Life: The People v. O. J. Simpson, the definitive account of the kidnapping and trial that defined an insane era in American history On February 4, 1974, Patty Hearst, a sophomore in college and heiress to the Hearst family fortune, was kidnapped by a ragtag group of self-styled revolutionaries calling itself the Symbionese Liberation Army. The already sensational story took the first of many incredible twists on April 3, when the group released a tape of Patty saying she had joined the SLA and had adopted the nom de guerre "Tania." The weird turns of the tale are truly astonishing--the Hearst family trying to secure Patty's release by feeding all the people of Oakland and San Francisco for free; the bank security cameras capturing "Tania" wielding a machine gun during a robbery; a cast of characters including everyone from Bill Walton to the Black Panthers to Ronald Reagan to F. Lee Bailey; the largest police shoot-out in American history; the first breaking news event to be broadcast live on television stations across the country; Patty's year on the lam, running from authorities; and her circuslike trial, filled with theatrical courtroom confrontations and a dramatic last-minute reversal, after which the term "Stockholm syndrome" entered the lexicon. The saga of Patty Hearst highlighted a decade in which America seemed to be suffering a collective nervous breakdown. Based on more than a hundred interviews and thousands of previously secret documents, American Heiress thrillingly recounts the craziness of the times (there were an average of 1,500 terrorist bombings a year in the early 1970s). Toobin portrays the lunacy of the half-baked radicals of the SLA and the toxic mix of sex, politics, and violence that swept up Patty Hearst and re-creates her melodramatic trial. American Heiress examines the life of a young woman who suffered an unimaginable trauma and then made the stunning decision to join her captors' crusade. Or did she?From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: [New York] : Penguin Random House Audio Publishing, [2016]
New York : Random House Audio, 2016
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780449807514
0449807517
Branch Call Number: F866.4.H42 T66 2016x
Characteristics: audio file,rda
digital,rda
1 downloadable audio file (1 sound file (15 hr., 25 min., 3 sec.)) : digital

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This recent publication centers around the kidnapping of Patty Hearst in the 1970's and the inner-workings of the Symbionese Liberation Army.

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BostonPL_LauraB Dec 28, 2016

This was at times compelling, and others not-so-much and a bit too detailed. But overall, it was an interesting read into a huge incident that happened in the 1970's, an incident of which I knew just about nothing. I really enjoyed the narration of this and even went so far as to try and find wha... Read More »


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BostonPL_LauraB Dec 28, 2016

This was at times compelling, and others not-so-much and a bit too detailed. But overall, it was an interesting read into a huge incident that happened in the 1970's, an incident of which I knew just about nothing. I really enjoyed the narration of this and even went so far as to try and find what other books he narrated. I'd recommend the audio, definitely!

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Sep 22, 2016

This book is quite riveting for the most part and very meticulously researched. The only reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars is that I had to quit listening to it. I could not spend anymore time with such dysfunctional people, including Patty Hearst.

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