American Heiress : The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes by Jeffrey Toobin

By Jeffrey Toobin

A nationwide Bestseller

From New Yorker staff author and bestselling writer of The Nine and The Run of His lifestyles: 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 university and heiress to the Hearst kinfolk fortune, used to be abducted by way of a ragtag crew of self-styled revolutionaries calling itself the Symbonese Liberation military. the unusual turns that during this already sensational take are actually astonishing--the Hearst relatives attempted to safe Patty's liberate via feeding the folk of Oakland and San Francisco at no cost; financial institution protection cameras captured "Tania" wielding a laptop gun in the course of a roberry; the LAPD engaged within the greatest police shoot-out in American heritage; the 1st breaking information occasion used to be broadcast live to tell the tale telelvision stations around the kingdom; after which there has been Patty's circuslike trial, choked with theatrical court docket confrontations and a dramatic last-minute reversal, and then the time period "Stockholm syndrome" entered the lexicon. 

Ultimately, the saga highlighted a decade during which the US looked to be anguish 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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