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Graebner, William
Patty's got a gun : Patricia Hearst in 1970s America / William Graebner
Alternate Title Patricia Hearst in 1970s America
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, c2008
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 3rd Floor  F866.4.H42 G73 2008    AVAILABLE
Subject Hearst, Patricia, 1954-
Hearst, Patricia, 1954- -- Public opinion
Hearst, Patricia, 1954- -- Trials, litigation, etc
Symbionese Liberation Army
Subject(s) Trials (Robbery) -- United States
Kidnapping victims -- United States -- Biography
Kidnapping -- Social aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Criminal liability -- Social aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Subject United States -- Social conditions -- 1960-1980
California -- Biography
Physical Description 218 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 181-200) and index
Contents The story -- Abducted -- The robbery -- The fire -- Early reactions -- The missing year -- The arrest -- The trial -- Closing arguments -- The jury -- The verdict -- Reactions -- Reading Patty Hearst -- The decline of authority -- The fragile self -- The victim -- The survivor -- Stockholm syndrome -- Paranoid -- The emerging conservative consensus -- Heroes
Summary With Patty's Got a Gun, the first substantial reconsideration of Patty Hearst's story in more than twenty-five years, William Graebner vividly re-creates the atmosphere of uncertainty and frustration of mid-1970s America. Drawing on copious media accounts of the robbery and trial -- as well as cultural artifacts from glam rock to Invasion of the Body Snatchers -- Graebner paints a compelling portrait of a nation confused and frightened by the upheavals of 1960s liberalism and beginning to tip over into what would become Reagan-era conservatism, with its invocations of individual responsibility and the heroic. Trapped in the middle of that shift, the affectless, zombielike, "brainwashed" Patty Hearst was a ready-made symbol of all that seemed to have gone wrong with the sixties -- the inevitable result, some said, of rampant permissiveness, feckless elitism, the loss of moral clarity, and feminism run amok

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