By Jeffrey Toobin
A nationwide Bestseller
From New Yorker staff author and bestselling writer of The Nine and The Run of His existence: the folks v. O. J. Simpson, the definitive account of the abduction and trial that outlined an insane period in American history
On February four, 1974, Patty Hearst, a sophomore in collage and heiress to the Hearst family members fortune, used to be abducted by means of a ragtag crew of self-styled revolutionaries calling itself the Symbonese Liberation military. the unusual turns that during this already sensational take are really astonishing--the Hearst family members attempted to safe Patty's liberate via feeding the folk of Oakland and San Francisco at no cost; financial institution defense cameras captured "Tania" wielding a laptop gun in the course of a roberry; the LAPD engaged within the greatest police shoot-out in American historical past; the 1st breaking information occasion was once broadcast survive telelvision stations around the nation; after which there has been Patty's circuslike trial, full of theatrical court confrontations and a dramatic last-minute reversal, and then the time period "Stockholm syndrome" entered the lexicon.
Ultimately, the saga highlighted a decade within which the United States appeared to be soreness a collective worried breakdown. American Heiress portrays the electrifying lunacy of the time and the poisonous mic of intercourse, politics, and violence that swept up Patty Hearst and captivated the state.
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The residential street was only a little brighter than the interior of the trunk. Patricia saw some hedges and wondered if she could make a break for it. But she was surrounded by eight people; she couldn’t outrun them all. ” His subordinates shrugged. Patricia pleaded to be let go. Within a moment, a blanket was tossed over her head, and she was bundled into the back of the station wagon. ” Within seconds, they were moving again, but for Patricia, being in the back of the station wagon was better than being in the trunk of the convertible.
Not surprisingly, in a kind of cosmic refutation of the Summer of Love, San Francisco became synonymous with crime in the 1970s. Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry, a San Francisco detective, wreaked vigilante justice on the outlaws who afflicted the city. Karl Malden and Michael Douglas played television detectives fighting the same kind of mayhem in The Streets of San Francisco. But fictional criminals represented only a minor threat to the city compared with the nest of genuine psychopaths who appeared in late 1973.
Death of a “Bourgeois Pig” 20. Feminist Bomb-Making 21. Freeze! PART FIVE 22. “There Will Be a Revolution in Amerikkka and We’ll Be Helping to Make It” 23. “Your Ever-Loving Momma and Poppa Care About the Truth” 24. More Excited Than Scared 25. The Search for Old McMonkey 26. The Verdict 27. “Favoring the Rich over the Poor” Aftermath Author’s Note Notes Selected Bibliography Photo Credits About the Author Illustrations PROLOGUE The doorbell rang at 9:17 on the evening of February 4, 1974. From their perch on the sofa in the living room, Patricia Hearst and Steven Weed looked at each other and shrugged.
American Heiress : The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst by Jeffrey Toobin