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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jquick99
Feb 01, 2018

Recommend.
I found this to be a really interesting and fast paced read/audio. I think more so knowing the "inside scoop" of these bumbling ragtag “radical terrorists”.

The main question concerning Patricia Hearst ...was she a victim of brainwashing or a willing participant in the crimes committed by the SLA?

The author is clear that he doesn't think Patricia was brainwashed, but does offer the alternative view so that the reader is left with everything one needs to draw your own conclusions.

If you want this on audio, I suggest the downloadable version instead of CDs simply because the reader is very slow. I have sped it up 35%, which seems incredibly high to me, but the speed is just right.
The story does slow down once she’s caught.

Just have to add ...how ironic is it that she ended up marrying a “Pig”?

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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brigpa1
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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