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

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Date & Time: Tuesday, December 17, 2019
6:00 PM-7:00 PM
Suggested Audiences: High School, College, Adult, Elders
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Milton Branch Library
Meeting Room A/B
855 Mayfield Road
Alpharetta, GA 30009-3035
Cost: All programs are free and open to the public.
Description: History Book Club: American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hears by Jeffrey Toobin

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 Symbonese Liberation Army. The weird turns that followed in this already sensational take are truly astonishing--the Hearst family tried to 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 television stations across the country; and then there was Patty's circus like 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 breakdown. American Heiress portrays the electrifying lunacy of the time and the toxic mic of sex, politics, and violence that swept up Patty Hearst and captivated the nation.
More Information: E-mail: milton.branch@fultoncountyga.gov
Phone: 404-613-4402
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Created: March 23, 2019 at 4:04 PM

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