Well written and very honest about her ordeals with both the SLA and during the trial. If you're looking for an entertaining book, or flowery language, look elsewhere. This book is very straightforward and easy to read, but at times, I had to put it down, as the visualization of the abuse she suffered at the hands of the SLA was too heavy to take all at once. If you want to understand the true story of Patricia Hearst, this is the book to read. I also highly recommend "My Prisoner" by Janey Jimenez., who was the lady US Marshall tasked with transporting and guarding Patricia after her arrest. I cannot understand Jeffrey Toobin's illogical conclusions that he draws in his recently released book "American Heiress:..." in which he claims she was free to escape many times and didn't, so she must have done it of her own free will. What an idiot! Don't waste your time on his book!
This is the book which was released 6 years later as "Patty Hearst Her Own Story". The movie "Patty Hearst" , based on this book, is an interesting watch, but again, not so much entertaining, as informative. Quite a few things in the movie will be missed if you haven't read the book first.
I've done some additional research and find a lot of unanswered questions about the CIA's involvement with the formation of the SLA, the positioning of Donald DeFreeze (the leader of the SLA, and onetime FBI informant) so he could just walk away from prison, the fact that the FBI had obtained a list showing Patricia's name as a person to be kidnapped by the SLA at least two weeks prior and they did nothing to warn her or her parents. Had they at least surveilled her, they could have caught three members of the SLA, and prevented her kidnapping, why didn't they?? Were they really THAT stupid, or did they have other reasons for their inaction? Why was she the ONLY one put on trial for the Hibernia Bank robbery, despite the FBI having two other members of the SLA, who had participated, in custody at the same time as Patricia?
I am only a couple months older than Patricia, and was also a college student at the time. I didn't follow it much at the time (college students have a lot of diversions, so why watch the news?), but was always curious about what all had happened. If you are at all curious about Patty Hearst and the kidnapping, I highly recommend this book (or the paperback version, "Patty Hearst Her Own Story")
- Hardcover: 184 pages
- Publisher: University of Queensland Press; 1 edition (31 August 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0702237191
- ISBN-13: 978-0702237195
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.6 x 19.7 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 408 g
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