Patty Hearst: Rich girl to revolutionary and back again

American Heiress may be the closest we will ever come to the truth

4th September, 2016
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Patty Hearst the heiress who was abducted by the Symbionese Liberation Army and then joined the group in a spree of armed robberies Pic: Getty

History, American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst, By Jeffrey Toobin, Doubleday

Jeffrey Toobin’s new book contains a photograph that he describes as a 1970s version of the Mona Lisa. It shows a young woman in a beret, carrying a machine gun and standing in front of a seven-headed cobra logo.

Her expression is completely inscrutable, giving no clue to a question that once...

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