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by Toobin, Jeffrey.

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TitleAmerican Heiress : the wild saga of the kidnapping, crimes and trial of Patty Hearst
Author / Responsible partyToobin, Jeffrey.
TopicsBiography Hearst, Patricia, 1954- -- Trials, litigation, etc. Symbionese Liberation Army. Trials (Robbery) -- United States. Kidnapping victims -- United States -- Biography. Stockholm syndrome -- Case studies.
Intended AudienceAdult
PublisherVisAbility Ltd.


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 Symbonese Liberation Army. The weird turns that followed in this already sensational take are truly astonishing–the Hearst family tried to secure Patty’s release by feeding the people of Oakland and San Francisco for free; bank security cameras captured “Tania” wielding a machine gun during a roberry; the LAPD engaged in the largest police shoot-out in American history; the first breaking news event was broadcast live on telelvision stations across the country; and then there was Patty’s circuslike trial, filled with theatrical courtroom confrontations and a dramatic last-minute reversal, after which the term “Stockholm syndrome” entered the lexicon. Ultimately, the saga highlighted a decade in which America seemed to be suffering a collective nervous breakdown. American Heiress portrays the electrifying lunacy of the time and the toxic mic of sex, politics, and violence that swept up Patty Hearst and captivated the nation.

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System control numberE14287
Original Print PublisherUSA : Random House, 2016
Narrator NameNarrated and recorded by Jay Townsend.
Participant or performer noteNarrated and recorded by Jay Townsend.
Narrators GenderFemale narrator