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

Author: Jeffrey Toobin
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, a division of Penguin Random House, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Trials, litigation, etc
Biographies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Toobin, Jeffrey.
American heiress.
New York : Doubleday, a division of Penguin Random House, 2016
(DLC) 2016018859
Named Person: Patricia Hearst; Patricia Hearst; Patricia Hearst; Patricia Hearst
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey Toobin
ISBN: 9780385536714 0385536712 9781524703417 1524703419
OCLC Number: 947041920
Description: x, 371 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue --
Nervous breakdown nation --
From inside the trunk --
The SLA --
The point of no return --
Prisoner of war --
Not just a bunch of nuts --
Three hundred bald men --
"I'm a strong woman" --
The birth of Tania --
Stay and fight --
Common criminals --
Showdown at Mel's --
Live on television --
Apocalypse on Fifty-Fourth Street --
"The gentlest, most beautiful man" --
Jack Scott makes an offer --
Road trip --
The streets of Sacramento --
Death of a "bourgeois pig" --
Feminist bomb-making --
Freeze! --
"There will be a revolution in Amerikkka and we'll be helping to make it" --
"Your ever-loving momma and poppa care about the truth" --
More excited than scared --
The search for old McMonkey --
The verdict --
"Favoring the rich over the poor" --
Aftermath.
Responsibility: Jeffrey Toobin.

Abstract:

"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; 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 circus like 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?"--Jacket.
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