By Jeffrey Toobin
A nationwide Bestseller
From New Yorker staff author and bestselling writer of The Nine and The Run of His lifestyles: the folk 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 collage and heiress to the Hearst kin fortune, was once abducted through a ragtag staff of self-styled revolutionaries calling itself the Symbonese Liberation military. the bizarre turns that during this already sensational take are really astonishing--the Hearst kinfolk attempted to safe Patty's free up through feeding the folk of Oakland and San Francisco at no cost; financial institution safety cameras captured "Tania" wielding a computer gun in the course of a roberry; the LAPD engaged within the biggest police shoot-out in American historical past; the 1st breaking information occasion used to be broadcast continue to exist telelvision stations around the state; after which there has been Patty's circuslike trial, packed with theatrical court docket 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 US appeared to be discomfort a collective apprehensive 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 state.
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The Summer of Love, a carnival of music, drugs, and sex in 1967, established the city as the center of the American counterculture. This largely spontaneous festival drew about a hundred thousand young people to the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood and brought the word “hippie” into broad circulation. In a similar vein, the Free Speech Movement, at Berkeley, also began in the mid-1960s. At the time, speakers on campus were only allowed to advocate on behalf of the Democratic or Republican Party, and an earnest young cadre of students began conducting demonstrations arguing for a greater range of expression.
It also led to a ten-year gap between Catherine and the next child, Virginia, born in 1949. Another significant gap followed, until she had three more daughters in quick succession: Patricia Campbell Hearst, on February 20, 1954, followed by Anne in 1956, and Victoria in 1957. — After a few years in Los Angeles, Randy and Catherine Hearst and their five daughters settled into a château-style mansion in Hillsborough, the toniest of the San Francisco suburbs. The Chief, who died in 1951, despaired about the business acumen of his sons, so he took steps to make sure that they would enjoy comfortable livings while preventing them from tampering with his beloved newspapers.
George made and lost several fortunes in quartz mines and other ventures, and his peripatetic life kept them separated for much of their marriage. S. ) George loved to buy land, and through good times and bad he held on to one special parcel, forty thousand acres near San Simeon Bay in the Santa Lucia Mountains, about two hundred miles south of San Francisco. On April 29, 1863, Phoebe gave birth to the couple’s only child—William Randolph Hearst. Phoebe devoted herself to her son with singular intensity, toting him with her on trips around the world and trying to direct the boy’s relentless energy into productive pursuits.