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By Jeffrey Toobin

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From New Yorker staff author and bestselling writer of The Nine and The Run of His lifestyles: 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 kin fortune, used to be abducted through a ragtag workforce of self-styled revolutionaries calling itself the Symbonese Liberation military. the unusual turns that during this already sensational take are actually astonishing--the Hearst family members attempted to safe Patty's unencumber by way of feeding the folks of Oakland and San Francisco at no cost; financial institution protection cameras captured "Tania" wielding a computing device gun in the course of a roberry; the LAPD engaged within the biggest police shoot-out in American background; the 1st breaking information occasion was once broadcast continue to exist telelvision stations around the kingdom; after which there has been Patty's circuslike trial, 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 United States appeared to be anguish a collective frightened 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 kingdom.

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Still, she had explored enough of the storied campus to recognize that her family had practically built it. One Hearst in particular. Everyone passing by the Cal campus drove by the grand Beaux Arts pile of the Hearst Memorial Gymnasium. The facility contained several gyms and three pools, including a famous one on the roof, which is surrounded by urns and statuary. The building’s main office included an incongruous feature for an athletic facility—a large oil portrait of a woman dressed in fashionable attire for the turn of the previous century: Phoebe Apperson Hearst.

This quaint society tradition would have unexpected consequences. Randy summoned an Examiner photographer to the estate in Hillsborough, and Patricia and Steve (sporting a fresh haircut and his only blazer) posed in front of the fireplace. Patricia smiled; Steve barely grinned. Hearsts were always big news in California, so the story ran not only in the Examiner but also in the rival San Francisco Chronicle. On December 19, 1973, under the headline “Patricia Hearst to Marry,” the Chronicle story began, “Mr.

Neither title meant much. Professional managers ran the corporation and the newspapers. Randy Hearst dedicated his life to leisure—shooting deer near San Simeon, trolling for sailfish off Mexico, duck hunting anywhere fowl might be found. Closer to home, he played tennis and swam at the Burlingame Country Club. He spoke in a plummy diction that seemed old-fashioned even at the time. ) Like many sons of volatile fathers, Randy erred on the side of emotional restraint. There was a formality about him, but a decency, too.

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