American Heiress by Jeffrey Toobin

American Heiress

By Jeffrey Toobin

  • Release Date: 2016-08-02
  • Genre: True Crime
Score: 4.5
From 93 Ratings
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A National Bestseller

From New Yorker staff writer and bestselling author of The Nine and The Run of His Life: The People v. O. J. Simpson, the definitive account of the kidnapping and trial that defined an insane era in American history

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.


  • Finally the truth comes out

    By sandclar
    I followed this on tv and the papers as it happened, and always wondered what exactly was the truth. This book tells what I feel is the truth. She's a liar who I have no respect for. And just one mistake I found: he mentioned a 56 Chevy Impala. Highly recommended.
  • Well-paced and fascinating

    By sandwichcake
    If you have any interest in the counter-culture of the period you will enjoy this. Patty Hearst comes through as a weird palate on which to tell about the last tales of the 60s revolutions.