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American heiress : the wild saga of the kidnapping, crimes and trial of Patty Hearst

by Toobin, Jeffrey (Author)

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Examines the life of Patty Hearst who suffered an unimaginable trauma and then made the stunning decision to join her captors' crusade. Full description

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Summary: Examines the life of Patty Hearst who suffered an unimaginable trauma and then made the stunning decision to join her captors' crusade.
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 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 bank security cameras capturing "Tania" wielding a machine gun during a robbery; a cast of characters including everyone from basketball star 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 across the country; Patty's year on the lam; and her circuslike trial, 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, Toobin thrillingly recounts the craziness of the times, portraying the lunacy of the half-baked radicals and the toxic mix of sex, politics, and violence that swept up Patty Hearst. He 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?--Adapted from dust jacket.
Physical Description: x, 371 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages [345]-351) and index.
ISBN: 9780385536714
0385536712
Author Notes: Jeffrey Toobin has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1993 and is also the legal analyst for ABC News. He received his A.B. from Harvard College and is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School. Toobin lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

(Publisher Provided) Jeffrey Toobin was born in New York City in 1960. In 1982, he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in classics, and earned a Truman Scholarship. In 1986, he graduated from Harvard Law School magna cum laude with a J.D.

Toobin is the bestselling author of The Nine, Too Close to Call, A Vast Conspiracy, The Run of His Life and American Heiress. He is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the senior legal analyst at CNN.

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