By Jeffrey Toobin
A nationwide Bestseller
From New Yorker staff author and bestselling writer of The Nine and The Run of His existence: the folk 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, was once abducted by means of a ragtag crew of self-styled revolutionaries calling itself the Symbonese Liberation military. the bizarre turns that during this already sensational take are actually astonishing--the Hearst relations attempted to safe Patty's unencumber through feeding the folk of Oakland and San Francisco at no cost; financial institution protection cameras captured "Tania" wielding a desktop gun in the course of a roberry; the LAPD engaged within the biggest police shoot-out in American background; the 1st breaking information occasion used to be broadcast live to tell the tale telelvision stations around the state; 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 within which the USA appeared 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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Atwood jumped in the passenger seat. Harris, meanwhile, was half dragging, half carrying Patricia down the stairs along the side of the building toward the waiting car. She was kicking, screaming, and wearing nothing but a bathrobe, a pair of panties, and fuzzy blue slippers. Harris raised the trunk with one hand, but it bounced up and slammed shut. He groaned in frustration. He now had to put Patricia down and retrieve the key from Camilla Hall, in the driver’s seat. While Harris went for the key, Hearst…disappeared.