Author: Jeffrey Toobin

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Backlist Nonfiction in Mini-Reviews

January 3, 2018 Uncategorized 4

Backlist Nonfiction in Mini-ReviewsTitle: American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst
Author: Jeffrey Toobin
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Rating: three-stars

Although the Patty Hearst kidnapping is famous and should make for exciting reading, it actually wasn’t a great story. Neither the kidnappers nor the FBI really knew what they were doing, so the narrative lacked any forward drive. The case just dragged on rather than feeling suspenseful. The author did clearly do her research, using fascinating first-person sources. The historical context was interesting as well. The author also did a good job presenting a balanced view of whether Patty’s choice to join her kidnappers made her a criminal or simply someone making the best of a bad situation. However, the character backstories were inserted in way that made the story feel disjointed. The author also stumbled a little talking about LGBT characters, describing one woman as a ‘militant lesbian’ when she was actually bisexual and describing someone else as ‘becoming a lesbian’. A good book, but not great. Read more »

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