Jeffrey Toobin

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On February 4th, 1973, Patty Hearst, a sophomore in college and heir 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 3rd, when Hearst released a tape saying she had joined the SLA and had adopted the name “Tania,” then continuing with the infamous videotape capturing “Tania” firing a machine gun during a bank robbery, the largest police shoot-out in American history, and her circus-like trial, during which the phrase “Stockholm Syndrome” entered the lexicon.

The saga of Patty Hearst defined 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 both the insanity of the times (there were an average of 1500 terrorist bombings a year in the early 1970s), portrays the lunacy of the half-baked radicals of the SLA and the toxic mix of sex, drugs, and violence that swept up Patricia Hearst, her melodramatic trial, and above all, examines the life of a young woman who suffered an unimaginable trauma and then made the startling decision to join her captors’ crusade.

Jeffrey Toobin is the bestselling author of The Oath, The Nine, Too Close to Call, A Vast Conspiracy, and The Run of His Life, which was made into the critically acclaimed FX series American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson. He is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the senior legal analyst at CNN.

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By: Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures

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