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 collage and heiress to the Hearst kin fortune, was once abducted through a ragtag workforce of self-styled revolutionaries calling itself the Symbonese Liberation military. the bizarre turns that during this already sensational take are actually astonishing--the Hearst relatives attempted to safe Patty's free up via feeding the folk of Oakland and San Francisco at no cost; financial institution safety cameras captured "Tania" wielding a desktop 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 survive telelvision stations around the kingdom; after which there has been Patty's circuslike trial, full of 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 within which the USA looked to be discomfort 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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