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American Heiress Read & download ↠ 102 ☆ On February 4 1974 Patty Hearst a sopho 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 famiOn February 4 1974 Patty Hearst a sopho 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. 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 subseuent capture eighteen months or so later But this is all I knew Never knew what came later was fairly young and probably 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 caseARC from publisher

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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. In this brilliantly crafted piece of non fiction Toobin explores one of the most sensational events of the 1970s which commenced with the kidnapping of teenager Patricia Campbell Hearst In a decade still hungover on the push for counterculture and raging against the Man the capture and turning of Patty Hearst illuminated how things had changed from the active 1960s where change through any mean was acceptable Toobin uses the early portion of the book to lay the groundwork for Hearst kidnapping describing the Symbionese Liberation Army SLA and their rationale for choosing Hearst whose family riches could surely be used to the Army's advantage After Hearst was taken and locked away from her captors the SLA began making demands not to line their own pockets with the millions the Hearst Empire surely possessed but to feed those in need As Toobin describes the SLA's demands helped create the People in Need PIN food distribution network While there were some good incentives to be realised the delivery was fraught with mishaps including riots injuries and collusion within the chain of command Negative reactions by the Hearst family to the PIN initiative soured their connection to the SLA who continued to profess demands to facilitate Patty's safe release It was at this time posits Toobin that Patty Hearst may have not only softened towards her captors but also sought a role in the Army Hearst went from being their captive to a member of the team in a series of events within the SLA's 'clubhouse' From here Toobin explores the SLA and their hiding while they plotted to line their own pockets with cash through a major bank heist where they would publicly prove that Patty Hearst using the moniker Tania was no longer a prisoner but a willing combatant in the war against the fascist state As the Toobin narrative flows the reader is able to see the extent to which 'Tania' sympathised with the SLA and how she took on a life in the underground to keep herself from being caught One of the FBI's Most Wanted Hearst was forced to sneak around in order to protect herself and those around her which would lead to further crimes so that she might stay afloat The tumultuous 18 month manhunt ended when Hearst was arrested for her crimes and sent to trial which turned out to be another circus of media frenzy It was during her trial now in front of the spotlight that her notoriety rose even and those closest to her at the defence table namely F Lee Bailey sought to use her fame to boost his own reputation Toobin goes through the trial in his legal analyst manner and recounts some of the foibles which would lead to her conviction However many uestions were raised in testimony some of which I am happy to explore below That Patty Hearst became a name most anyone in the 1970s could have recognised is beyond dispute However the transformation this 19 year old took from the day she was forced into the trunk of a car until she was eventually led away in handcuffs over a year later is fascinating Toobin did a fabulous job directing this journey sure to impress the reader who has the patience to wade through the rollercoaster journeyI thought I ought to take a few minutes to explore the Symbionese Liberation Army as presented by the author Formed by the politically minded Donald DeFreeze and some like minded youths the SLA sought to create a renewed buzz of the counterculture movement pitting themselves against the State which it felt was fascist in nature However as Toobin mentions repeatedly no other groups on the left trying to make political statements within the United States would associate themselves with the SLA They were too radical and tried to make statements with little regard for the larger picture While DeFreeze tried to align himself with some Central and South American guerrilla groups the associations floated out in the public without solidarity on the part of the international organisations a deafening two step away from the SLA and their creed That said there was a brief time during which the SLA captured the minds of the public immediately after the Patty Hearst kidnapping As mentioned above forcing the creation of the People in Need initiative allowed the poor in California to receive food funded by Randy and Catherine Hearst in order to see their daughter returned safely This 'Robin Hood Complex' allowed the SLA to make themselves somewhat respected if only for doing the right thing and not falling into being greedy while lauding the fact that they held Hearst as their captive Their early communiués were poignant and even pushed a commentary that had been strong in the 60s but it soon turned into excessive rambling Even before the 24 hour news cycle the SLA lost the general public which the ongoing search for Patty Hearst never lost its buzz partially because of the SLA When Hearst agreed to become a soldier in the SLA and took up the name Tania her public prominence on screen during the bank robbery injected new drama into the SLA Hearst situation as speculation swirled about what had been done to turn Hearst For the months that followed it was a manhunt around the country and the FBI using their Most Wanted List to turn Americans into snitches and forced them to be on the lookout at every moment Toobin clearly illustrates how the cat and mouse game was what fuelled television ratings rather that the SLA's ongoing desires to change the way things were being done in America Perhaps losing their way and becoming a bunch of criminals on the run is what truly killed the impetus of the SLA movement One cannot review this book and not spend at least a little time looking at Patty Hearst whose life was turned upside down that February 4 1974 night when she was pulled from her home Toobin effectively argues that this was both a fearful experience for her and one that made her a symbol of her family's vast empire and collection of assets However being the granddaughter of the famous William Randolph Hearst did not work in her favour as Patty was not able to garner the financial means that it was expected she might Her father Randy was not as wealthy as might have been expected much of his wealth tied up in trusts and third party holdings Additionally Patty was not political so her being held was not the coup the SLA might have expected when they undertook to remove her from the house As has been insinuated above there came a time when Patty Hearst changed not only adopting the Tania persona but left being the victim and became a member of the cause Much was made at her trial about brainwashing or the newly coined term 'Stockholm Syndrome' something that the Toobin narrative does not posit during the kidnapping period However while the transition Hearst undertook as a captive took a month or so she appears to have reverted after her capture happy to sell anyone and everyone up the river to save her skin Toobin exemplifies how uickly Hearst was prepared to cry 'rape' and 'inhumane conditions' which led her to make choices she would not have otherwise made The State left the uestion on which the jury could percolate during deliberations Why did Hearst not flee at some point during the eighteen months in the SLA Surely there must have been at least one instance when she could have revealed herself and allowed the authorities to take her into protective custody The innocent kidnap victim became not only a hardened criminal but duplicitous along the way Surely the silver spoon upbringing helped to foster a belief that she need only act and the world would do as she wanted Toobin presents this theory as the Hearst family lobbied many of those in positions of power to commute Patty's sentence because she was acting under duress while a captive of the SLA Former California Governor Reagan bought into it John Wayne lassoed it as his own personal truth and even President Jimmy Carter succumbed to the pressures and signed the commutation order Further political maneuvering had Carter pull on the heartstrings of the departing President Clinton to offer a full pardon to Patty Hearst on his final day in office Power and money surely turn the winds of justice allowing a woman who played the system to flip the bird at the entire population incarcerated in the United States and those whose lives she affected while a soldier with the SLAAs with many of the Toobin books I have read this was laid out in such a way that the reader can easily follow all arguments made and keep the historical references in some semblance of order Toobin pulls on a period that was dramatic with its iconoclastic photo of Patty Hearst holding the machine gun ahead of her first bank heist However having not lived through these events I relied heavily on the author's ability to act as narrator and historical tour guide as I tried to make sense of the entire ordeal Toobin has taken much time to develop some of the backstories of key characters who crossed paths with Hearst as well as tangential events in history that helped precipitate the key events known to many who followed the Patty Hearst saga in 1974 75 While there is surely a bias woven into the perspective Toobin gives the reader the reins to synthesise much of the information and evidence presented within these pages which makes the book all the enjoyable I left this feeling better informed and have created some of my own sentiments on those stormy eighteen months Surely a collection of events people can use to ask do you remember whenKudos Mr Toobin for another great effort I will surely recommend this book to anyone with an interest in Patty Hearst as well as those who might not know the details of the SLA and all that went down Likehate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at

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American HeiressThe 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 breakdow. 35 stars I listened to the audio of American Heiress The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst This piece of history is fascinating because following the kidnapping it is evident that Hearst participated actively in some of the criminal activities of her captors Toobin’s account of the story focuses on some of the discrepancies between what actually happened while Hearst was held captive on the one hand and her defence at trial and account of what happened after she was released on the other hand Toobin does an excellent job of setting up the historical context and providing a detailed account of the kidnapping and its aftermath It was interesting and sad to hear about how inept and misguided these apparent revolutionaries were and how Hurst fell under their spell In the end what was missing for me is a true sense of who Hearst is She was only 20 years old when she was kidnapped It is clear that she became an active participant in her captors’ activities She then denounced them and claims to have been motivated by a fear for her life The truth may lie somewhere in the middle in that as Toobin suggests Hearst may have developed Stockholm syndrome But Toobin does not appear to have had the benefit of her own voice today so she remains somewhat opaue and as a conseuence comes across as fairly unsympathetic Having said that this was interesting and I certainly don’t regret taking the time to listen to American Heiress