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American Heiress : The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes by Jeffrey Toobin

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 kinfolk fortune, was once abducted through a ragtag crew of self-styled revolutionaries calling itself the Symbonese Liberation military. the bizarre turns that during this already sensational take are really astonishing--the Hearst kin attempted to safe Patty's free up via feeding the folk of Oakland and San Francisco at no cost; financial institution protection cameras captured "Tania" wielding a laptop 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 survive telelvision stations around the kingdom; after which there has been Patty's circuslike trial, full of theatrical court 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 appeared to be soreness a collective anxious 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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Showdown at Mel’s 13. Live on Television 14. Apocalypse on Fifty-Fourth Street PART FOUR 15. “The Gentlest, Most Beautiful Man” 16. Jack Scott Makes an Offer 17. Road Trip 18. The Streets of Sacramento 19. Death of a “Bourgeois Pig” 20. Feminist Bomb-Making 21. Freeze! PART FIVE 22. “There Will Be a Revolution in Amerikkka and We’ll Be Helping to Make It” 23. “Your Ever-Loving Momma and Poppa Care About the Truth” 24. More Excited Than Scared 25. The Search for Old McMonkey 26. The Verdict 27. “Favoring the Rich over the Poor” Aftermath Author’s Note Notes Selected Bibliography Photo Credits About the Author Illustrations PROLOGUE The doorbell rang at 9:17 on the evening of February 4, 1974.

In this respect, the BCA was a fairly typical establishment response to the black power movement—an attempt by prison authorities to allow black inmates to express ethnic pride in a productive, nonthreatening manner. Its meetings had a Pan-Africanist flavor. They opened with a clenched-fist salute to the flag of the Republic of New Africa and a chant in Swahili. As in the outside world, many black inmates at the time changed their “slave names” to those that reflected an African or Muslim affinity.

As in the outside world, many black inmates at the time changed their “slave names” to those that reflected an African or Muslim affinity. Here, in that spirit, Donald DeFreeze became Cinque M’tume. It wasn’t long, though, before it became apparent that the visitors were not doing tutoring in any conventional sense but rather clandestine political organizing. They smuggled in banned books, like Blood in My Eye, and talked about revolution with the prisoners. They all gravitated toward DeFreeze—now known as Cinque, or Cin—who reigned over them with a Delphic near silence.

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