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From New Yorker staff writer and bestselling author of The Nine and The Run of His Life: The People v. O. J. Simpson, the definitive account of the kidnapping and trial that defined an insane era in American history
 
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 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 bank security cameras capturing “Tania” wielding a machine gun during a 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 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, American Heiress thrillingly recounts the craziness of the times (there were an average of 1,500 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 re-creates 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?


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Quotes & Awards

  • The abduction and subsequent radicalization of Patricia Hearst is one of the most bizarre but illuminating episodes of that tumultuous era of protest...and in American Heiress Jeffrey Toobin retells the story with a full-blown narrative treatment that may astonish readers too young to remember it themselves...Toobin spins this complex chapter of recent history into an absorbing and intelligent page-turner. The Washington Post 
  • [A] clever companion piece to The Run of His Life (1996), his book about the O. J. Simpson case. Mr. Toobin has used the same winning formula of delving deeply into an American crime story that had tremendous notoriety in its day and retelling it with new resonance. Ms. Hearst’s tale is much more bizarre than Mr. Simpson’s... [I]n an age of terrorism, the chronicle of how a sedate heiress named Patricia morphed into a gun-toting, invective-spouting revolutionary calling herself Tania holds a definite fascination. Janet Maslin, The New York Times 

    “[R]iveting… American Heiress is a page-turner certainly, but Toobin, a gifted writer, infuses it with much more…Even if he ridicules the ideas and condemns the violent deeds of this ragtag group of revolutionary wannabes, they emerge not as cardboard villains but flesh and blood protagonists.
  • Toobin has crafted a book for the expert and the uninitiated alike, a smart page-turner that boasts a cache of never-before-published details...Toobin’s book successfully captures the unrivaled spectacle of the Hearst drama. San Francisco Chronicle 
  • Terrifically engrossing…Toobin uses his knowledge of the justice system and his examination of the evidence to pierce the veil of spectacle…As for Patty Hearst herself, Toobin treats her as a person, not a tabloid phantasm.
    New York Times Book Review
  • [A] spell-binding retelling … In the end the real test of a writer’s worth is…how well they can tell a story that’s already been told many times before by many different people, including — in this case — by some of the main characters themselves. By that standard Toobin gets an A-plus for American Heiress… Everything about this book feels right: the structure, the style and the tone, which is the New Yorker meets Raymond Chandler. As always with great writing, it comes down to a strong, distinctive narrative voice spiced with the judicious use of juicy details.
    LA Weekly
  • “Toobin[‘s]…winning formula of delving deeply into an American crime story that had tremendous notoriety in its day and retelling it with new resonance.”

    New York Times

  • New York Times Bestseller
  • “[Toobin] spins this complex chapter of recent history into an absorbing and intelligent page-turner.”

    Washington Post

  • “Riveting… American Heiress is a page-turner certainly, but Toobin, a gifted writer, infuses it with much more…This ragtag group of revolutionary wannabes…emerge not as cardboard villains but flesh and blood protagonists.”

    Boston Globe

  • “For the expert and the uninitiated alike, a smart page-turner that boasts a cache of never-before-published details…[and] captures the unrivaled spectacle of the Hearst drama.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Toobin gets an A-plus…Everything about this book feels right: the structure, the style and the tone, which is the New Yorker meets Raymond Chandler. As always with great writing, it comes down to a strong, distinctive narrative voice spiced with the judicious use of juicy details."

    LA Weekly

  • “An outstandingly detailed and insightful account of the Hearst case and its impact.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Definitive and nuanced…[Toobin’s] thorough research, careful parsing of all the evidence, and superior prose make the book read like a summertime thriller.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Toobin…gathers all the evidence in this fascinating chronicle of what really happened behind the scenes.”

    BookPage

  • “Accomplished narrator Paul Michael hits all the right notes in Toobin’s detailed account of heiress Patricia Hearst’s notorious 1974 kidnapping…Michael is an excellent choice to deliver the myriad facts and critical analyses of the proceedings…Despite Hearst’s refusal to cooperate with the author, this elegantly written book, paired with Michael’s excellent narration, makes for absorbing listening.”

    AudioFile

  • A BookPage Top Pick for August 2016
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016
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About the Author
Author Jeffrey Toobin

Jeffrey Toobin is the New York Times bestselling author of The Nine, Too Close to Call, A Vast Conspiracy, and The Run of His Life, among others. He is a staff writer at the New Yorker and the senior legal analyst at CNN.

About the Narrator

Paul Michael is an Audie Award-winning narrator. He has acted on stage, radio, television, and in feature films in Canada, Great Britain, and the United States. He has had leading roles in series and made-for-television movies and has guest starred in such series as VIP and Alias. He has been nominated for a Canadian Emmy (or Nellie) and has recorded over 150 audiobooks, including the international bestseller The Da Vinci Code, winning more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards.