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By Jeffrey Toobin

ISBN-10: 0385536720

ISBN-13: 9780385536721

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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 family members fortune, used to be abducted by means of a ragtag team of self-styled revolutionaries calling itself the Symbonese Liberation military. the bizarre turns that during this already sensational take are really astonishing--the Hearst family members attempted to safe Patty's unlock via feeding the folk of Oakland and San Francisco at no cost; financial institution safeguard cameras captured "Tania" wielding a computer gun in the course of a roberry; the LAPD engaged within the greatest police shoot-out in American heritage; the 1st breaking information occasion was once broadcast continue to exist telelvision stations around the kingdom; after which there has been Patty's circuslike trial, jam-packed with 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 USA discomfort a collective anxious 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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Both handsome and powerful—he did a thousand fingertip push-ups a day—Jackson had affiliations with the Black Panther Party and founded his own gang, the Black Guerrilla Family. Revered by his fellow prisoners and loathed by his guards, Jackson became embroiled in the most notorious series of violent events in California prison history. On January 13, 1970, a prison fight at Soledad was silenced when a guard shot and killed three black inmates. Three days later, after the announcement that the guard had been cleared in the shootings, a different guard was killed in apparent retaliation.

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. Now she could hear what they all were saying, including how the others addressed their leader as Sin.

When she did this to me one day, the idea flashed in my mind that I could make her stop by shocking her,” she recalled. ” Patricia started high school at Santa Catalina School, another Catholic boarding school about a hundred miles south of Hillsborough, and she loathed it there as well. Patricia lived for summers, when she could revel in the joys of San Simeon and Wyntoon and in the company of her father and their three dogs, Whiskey, Pablo, and Mike. Patricia was an athletic kid, and the vast play spaces of her many homes (and country club) appealed to her.

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