By Jeffrey Toobin
A nationwide Bestseller
From New Yorker staff author and bestselling writer of The Nine and The Run of His existence: 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 university and heiress to the Hearst relations fortune, was once abducted by way of a ragtag staff of self-styled revolutionaries calling itself the Symbonese Liberation military. the unusual turns that during this already sensational take are really astonishing--the Hearst family members attempted to safe Patty's free up through 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 continue to exist telelvision stations around the nation; after which there has been Patty's circuslike trial, jam-packed 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 looked to be agony 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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Like many sons of volatile fathers, Randy erred on the side of emotional restraint. There was a formality about him, but a decency, too. He lived surrounded by retainers—from newspaper reporters to domestic servants—and he might not have regarded them precisely as equals, but he treated everyone well and inspired a kind of loyalty. His wife, Catherine Hearst, was another matter altogether. In fairness, Randy left to Catherine (and a succession of governesses) the real work of raising five daughters, and Catherine struggled more than most with what was called, in her era, the generation gap.
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