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Domestic terrorism. Financial uncertainty. Troops abroad, fighting an unsuccessful and bloody war against guerrilla insurgents. A violent generation gap emerging between a discontented youth and their disapproving, angry elders. This was the early seventies in America, and it was against this backdrop that the kidnapping of nineteen-year-old Patty Hearst by the Symbionese Liberation Front - a rag-tag, cult-like group of political extremists and criminals - stole headlines across the world. Using new research and drawing on the formidable abilities that made The Run of His Life a global bestseller, Jeffrey Toobin uncovers the story of the kidnapping and its aftermath in vivid prose and forensic detail.

 

Details

ISBN: 9781781258156
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 384
Edition: Main
Publication Date: 29 Jun 2017
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Publication City, Country: London, United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 19.8(H) x 12.9(L) x 2.4(W)
Weight (gm): 347

 

Reviews

Well written ... fascinating ... [captures] that strange 1970s heyday of the counter-culture when almost every student, it seemed, wanted to be engaged in revolution. -- Lynn Barber * Sunday Times *
A curiously gripping tale -- Marcus Berkmann * Daily Mail *
Gripping ... a very readable tale. -- Damian Whitworth * The Times *
The abduction and subsequent radicalization of Patricia Hearst is one of the most bizarre but illuminating episodes of that tumultuous era of protest ...Toobin spins this complex chapter of recent history into an absorbing and intelligent page-turner. * Washington Post *
Riveting ... American Heiress is a page-turner certainly, but Toobin, a gifted writer, infuses it with much more ... Even if he ridicules the ideas and condemns the violent deeds of this rag-tag group of revolutionary wannabes, they emerge not as cardboard villains but flesh and blood protagonists. * Boston Globe *
Nuanced and well paced * Guardian *
A clever companion piece to The Run of His Life (1996), his book about the O. J. Simpson case. Mr. Toobin has used the same winning formula of delving deeply into an American crime story that had tremendous notoriety in its day and retelling it with new resonance. Ms. Hearst's tale is much more bizarre than Mr. Simpson's ... [I]n an age of terrorism, the chronicle of how a sedate heiress named Patricia morphed into a gun-toting, invective-spouting revolutionary calling herself Tania holds a definite fascination. * The New York Times *

 

Author Biography

Jeffrey Toobin is an American lawyer, author, and legal analyst for CNN and New Yorker. He is the author of five books, including The Run of his Life: The People versus O. J. Simpson which was made into the hit TV series The People vs. OJ Simpson.
American Heiress: The Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst
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