Good American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst Author Jeffrey Toobin Paul Michael are Kindle Lawyer, author, legal correspondent for CNN and The New Yorker magazine.. From New Yorker staff writer and bestselling author Jeffrey Toobin, the definitive account of the kidnapping and trial that defined an insane era in American historyOn February 4, 1974, Patty Hearst, a senior 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 TheFrom New Yorker staff writer and bestselling author Jeffrey Toobin, the definitive account of the kidnapping and trial that defined an insane era in American historyOn February 4, 1974, Patty Hearst, a senior 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 on April 3, 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 Hearst family trying to secure Patty s release by feeding all the people of Oakland and San Francisco for free the photographs capturing Tania wielding a machine gun during a bank robbery a cast of characters including everyone from 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 stations across the country Patty s year on the lam, running from authorities and her circuslike trial, filled with theatrical courtroom confrontations and a dramatic last minute reversal, after which the phrase 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 than a hundred interviews and thousands of previously secret documents, American Heiress thrillingly recounts the craziness of the times there were an average of 1500 terrorist bombings a year in the early 1970s Toobin portrays the lunacy of the half baked radicals of the SLA and the toxic mix of sex, politics, and violence that swept up Patty Hearst and recreates her melodramatic trial American Heiress 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. The best Books American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst I remember seeing this on the news, Patty Hearst's kidnapping, her picture carrying a gun into the bank as they robbed it and her subsequent capture eighteen months or so later. But, this is all I knew. Never knew what came later, was fairly young and probably more interested in my own life at that point. Tobin does a fantastic job, explaining the radical undercurrents of the seventies, details about all those in the SLA., never knew they were so small a group. How unprepared the FBI was in dealing with this type of terrorism, the trial, the inconsistencies, Patty's parents and their reactions, very through., well written. Loved the way this was laid out, and I loved the ending chapter where the author caught us up on where all the key players are now, what happened to them. Have to admit to not liking Party very much, though I suppose despite varying opinions she is the only one who really knows if she was a willing participant or not. Still another prime example of money and power buying what others were not able to achieve. The last sentence in the author's note is a humdinger, and maybe in an ironic way the only justice to be found in this case.ARC from publisher.