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Patty's got a gun

by William Graebner | 19 August 2015
Category: General History
Synopsis
It was a story so bizarre it defied belief: in April 1974, twenty-year-old newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst robbed a San Francisco bank in the company of members of the Symbionese Liberation Army-who had kidnapped her a mere nine weeks earlier. But the robbery-and the spectacular 1976 trial that ended with Hearst's criminal conviction-seemed oddly appropriate to the troubled mood of the nation, an instant exemplar of a turbulent era. 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. By offering a fresh look at Patty Hearst and her trial-for the first time free from the agendas of the day, yet set fully in their cultural context-Patty's Got a Gun delivers a nuanced portrait of both an unforgettable moment and an entire era, one whose repercussions continue to be felt today.
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Synopsis
It was a story so bizarre it defied belief: in April 1974, twenty-year-old newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst robbed a San Francisco bank in the company of members of the Symbionese Liberation Army-who had kidnapped her a mere nine weeks earlier. But the robbery-and the spectacular 1976 trial that ended with Hearst's criminal conviction-seemed oddly appropriate to the troubled mood of the nation, an instant exemplar of a turbulent era. 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. By offering a fresh look at Patty Hearst and her trial-for the first time free from the agendas of the day, yet set fully in their cultural context-Patty's Got a Gun delivers a nuanced portrait of both an unforgettable moment and an entire era, one whose repercussions continue to be felt today.
€18.20
54 Reward Points
Currently out of stock
Delivery 2-7 working days.
Eligible for free delivery

Any purchases for more than €10 are eligible for free delivery anywhere in the UK or Ireland!


Product Details

ISBN - 9780226324326
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Publisher -
Published - 19/08/2015
Categories - All, Books, History and Politics, History Books, General History
No. of Pages - 232
Weight - 336
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Series - - Not Available
Page Size - 22
Language - en-US
Readership Age - Not Available
Table of Contents - Not Available

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