Every Secret Thing
by Patricia Campbell Hearst with Alvin Moscow
Publisher: Doubleday & Company, Inc.
Book Club Edition
On February 4, 1974, in one of the most startling acts of an unsettled era, Patricia Campbell Hearst was kidnapped by a group of terrorists calling themselves the Symbionese Liberation Army. In intimate detail, Ms. Hearst tells the whole story here for the first time.
Her violent abduction shocked the world, but was only the first in a five-year sequence of bizarre events. The SLA released a series of tapes, demanding as ransom millions of dollars with which to feed all the poor people of California. This resulted in the controversial "People in Need" program. The SLA attracted further attention by robbing a branch of the Hibernia Bank. There, in the center of the bank photographs, was Patricia Hearst, an apparent convert to the SLA cause. The following day, the Attorney General of the United States called her "a common criminal."
How could such things happen? Why would she seemingly turn on her parents with such vehemence and join these radicals in robbing a bank? Why would she shoot up a sporting goods store with a machine gun? Where was she during the incineration of the Los Angeles safe-house in which six SLA members died? Above all, why didn't she try to escape?
In Every Secret Thing, Ms. Hearst tells with forthright candor and honesty what happened to her -- of being kept tied up and terrified in a small dark closet for forty-seven days, of her "decision" to join the SLA, of the events of the "missing year." She also reveals the details of her arrest, trial, and conviction in the face of overwhelming psychiatric support for her innocence. She served two years in prison before, responding to a public outcry, President Carter granted her Executive Clemency. She addresses these matters with courage and sensitivity; the result is a dramatic document that rewards the reader with its honesty and insight.
Condition: Used. Hardcover. Dust cover. Pages may be tanning and discolored from age. Previous owner's "Library Of" stamp is on the front endpaper. Dust cover and dust cover flaps are tanning and discolored from age and show a bit of edge wear.
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