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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 466 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; 1st edition (November 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385170564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385170567
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.7 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #832,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is a well written book.
Robert
At the time that all of us witnessed this spellbinding furor in the news, it was an affair of the most trumped-up media sensationalism.
Niel Rishoi
Very dry, boring, sloooowwwww, and she gives details about the most minute topics.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 20, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I'm only 28, not old enough to have been reading newspapers when Patricia Hearst was kidnapped. So I can't really say whether this book answers all the questions that may be out there about what really happened.
What I can say is that the book offers a detailed, well written, fascinating account of the events, starting with the days before the kidnapping and ending when Hearst was granted clemency. I checked out the book after having seen the film starring Natasha Richardson (which I would also recommend), and I wasn't disappointed. It kept me up late reading past my bedtime many times. Not only is the book riveting, but it also offers what I thought was a compelling argument that Hearst and her ordeal were grossly mischaracterized and exploited by federal prosecutors and others.
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27 of 35 people found the following review helpful By blgoodman@ualr.edu on July 9, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book tells an interesting story of the abduction of Patty Hearst. But the story covers more than just the kidnapping of a girl from one of the most influential families in the country. It explains the results of mental and emotional abuse, and it shows how we as people will do whatever it is we have to do to survive. The book also explores class structure in the U.S. Hearst was kidnapped at least in part because she was from a wealthy family. The Symbionese Liberation Army wanted to use her abduction to raise ransom money to feed the poor and to enhance the SLA's name recognition. But it was Hearst's financial status that prevented people from believing her story of brainwashing. People felt she was a spoiled young lady who had turned to a radical movement like so many people from the 1960s. There's one problem: she did not come of age in the 1960s. Still she would spend two years of her life in federal prison because she was unfairly an icon of the spoiled wealthy counter-culture movemet of the 60s. It would be her money and connections that would save her, however. She and her friends were able to raise money and organize a campaign to convince President Carter to pardon her. The pardon was the right thing to do, but it was not something someone poor or middle class with fewer connections would receive. Hearst's writing voice is very gentle and the story is told like it's coming from the girl next door. indeed, the reader is shocked that there seems to be very little anger. It's nice to see that Hearst has overcome that anger. Hearst talks about the SLA --- a group that is like the Manson Family with a social conscience --- in a very objective manner. The book seems to fall apart at the end.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stonewall on August 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The book Every Secret Thing was the first 500 page book I ever read.I suppose studying about her in Civics Class brought her to my attention.I always felt she'd been "brainwashed" even though the Press panned her as a spoiled little rich girl.In this book,a person will feel the rivioting drama and ordeal she went through.
The sad part is when "The Great F Lee Bailey" was quoted as saying a closing argument should be no longer than 5 min and yet his co-counsel and Patty were caught off guard when he went on and on even saying losing this case would hurt his carrer.Oh please!I personally would have given him a swift kick where it hurts!
It is obvious she was sent to prison to make a point that "even the rich can't buy their way out of prison".Only thing is the "Greatest Lawyer of All Time" dropped the ball.
Although I read this book in 1983,followed her case from 1974-75,and kept up with her ups and downs of life Patty Hearst is a surivor!
She should have never gone to prison and reading her book will tell the story The Media ie TV,Newspapers,Radio would not tell.
Once you pick up this book it will be hard to put down.The reader is pulled in to feel, visualize, and hear the Hell a Berkely Kidnapped Students Experienced and how F Lee Bailey blew it in court.The reader will learn there were a lot of SLA sympathizers such as NBA Pro Bill Walton who had a friend of his do a Cross Country Road Trip in hopes to hide the crumbling SLA.
People will say Patty's Case came at the wrong time in history:Watergate,The Resignation of a President,the End of Vietnam, all played in her conviction .Maybe so.However,my Dad a very wise person,once told me when me and one of siblings had an argument:their's your side,your sister's side and in the middle is The Truth.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julie A. Domser on April 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
There's nothing like a first person account! I read this when it first came out and was thrilled to receive a copy of my own. When this was a current event, it seems everything was slated against Patty (if I may be so bold as to address her that way) and it was not only informative but also entertaining....riveting...I hung on every word to see what they would put her through next.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert on November 2, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Well, what is there to say? She wrote a book and told her story brilliantly. She left absolutely nothing out. I could feel for the poor young lady in the closet, eating mung beans and rice, and drinking that peppermint tea. She never got her pizza. She makes you feel like you are there. I am glad Patty found happiness in later years. This book takes you through her childhood, her prep school, her engagement, her kidnapping, her bank robbery, etc. It is a well written book. I wish she touched more on Steven Weed after it was all over.
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