“American Heiress” by Jeffrey Toobin

This book is a detailed narrative of the kidnapping of Patricia (Patty) Hearst, set mostly in California against the counterculture of the 1970s. The book describes how Patty gradually came to empathize with her captives, whom she called “comrades” (was she brainwashed?), and goes on to her trial for the crimes she committed (which included bank robbery and an accessory to murder), her time in prison, the commutation of her sentence by then-President Carter, and her eventual pardon by then-President Clinton. It is a very thought-provoking book. Did Patty receive preferential treatment because of her family affiliation?

Evaluation: 5 out of 5

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