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Book Review: American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes, and Trial of Patty Hearst

By Susan Elizabeth Reese

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American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes, and Trial of Patty Hearst

By Jeffrey Toobin
Anchor (2017) 

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On Feb. 4, 1974, 19-year-old Patricia Campbell Hearst was a sheltered, indifferent Berkeley art student living in a duplex with her fiancé, 25-year-old Steven Weed. That night, a motley crew of self-styled “revolutionaries” knocked on the door. When Weed responded, they forced their way inside. After looking for a “safe,” they blindfolded Hearst, stuffed her into the trunk of their stolen car and drove into the night.

Hearst disappeared for months. Her parents, Catherine and Randolph Hearst, used family wealth and power to supplement law enforcement’s massive (but futile) efforts to find the young woman. When she surfaced on April 15, she had become “Tania,” wielding an assault rifle as her captors/“comrades” robbed a bank in the Sunset district of San Francisco. In a recorded “communiqué” broadcast days before on local radio, Patty claimed she had to choose between releas

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