American Heiress

American Heiress

[the Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst]

Audiobook CD - 2016
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"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 Symbionese Liberation Army. The already sensational story took the first of many incredible twists when the group released a tape of Patty saying she had joined the SLA and had adopted the nom de guerre "Tania." The weird turns of the tale are truly astonishing--the bank security cameras capturing "Tania" wielding a machine gun during a robbery; a cast of characters including everyone from basketball star Bill Walton to the Black Panthers to Ronald Reagan to F. Lee Bailey; the largest police shoot-out in American history; the first breaking news event to be broadcast live on television across the country; Patty's year on the lam; and her circuslike trial, after which the term "Stockholm syndrome" entered the lexicon. The saga of Patty Hearst highlighted a decade in which America seemed to be suffering a collective nervous breakdown. Based on more than a hundred interviews and thousands of previously secret documents, Toobin thrillingly recounts the craziness of the times, portraying the lunacy of the half-baked radicals and the toxic mix of sex, politics, and violence that swept up Patty Hearst. He examines the life of a young woman who suffered an unimaginable trauma and then made the stunning decision to join her captors' crusade. Or did she?" -- from dust jacket.
Publisher: [Westminster, MD] : Books on Tape, [2016]
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780449807521
0449807525
Branch Call Number: CDT 322.4 HEARST
Characteristics: 12 sound discs (15 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Michael, Paul (Actor)

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jquick99
Feb 01, 2018

Recommend.
I found this to be a really interesting and fast paced read/audio. I think more so knowing the "inside scoop" of these bumbling ragtag “radical terrorists”.

The main question concerning Patricia Hearst ...was she a victim of brainwashing or a willing participant in the crimes committed by the SLA?

The author is clear that he doesn't think Patricia was brainwashed, but does offer the alternative view so that the reader is left with everything one needs to draw your own conclusions.

If you want this on audio, I suggest the downloadable version instead of CDs simply because the reader is very slow. I have sped it up 35%, which seems incredibly high to me, but the speed is just right.
The story does slow down once she’s caught.

Just have to add ...how ironic is it that she ended up marrying a “Pig”?

BostonPL_LauraB Dec 28, 2016

This was at times compelling, and others not-so-much and a bit too detailed. But overall, it was an interesting read into a huge incident that happened in the 1970's, an incident of which I knew just about nothing. I really enjoyed the narration of this and even went so far as to try and find what other books he narrated. I'd recommend the audio, definitely!

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brigpa1
Sep 22, 2016

This book is quite riveting for the most part and very meticulously researched. The only reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars is that I had to quit listening to it. I could not spend anymore time with such dysfunctional people, including Patty Hearst.

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