American Heiress: The Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst
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.
A thrilling account of a crime that defined a decade from the bestselling author of The Run of His Life (the book behind The People v. O.J. Simpson)
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
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 v. O.J. Simpson.