Patty's Got a Gun: Patricia Hearst in 1970s America (Paperback)William Graebner (author)
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Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 318 g
Dimensions: 213 x 137 x 18 mm
"I enjoyed this 'retrospective essay' on the remarkable story of Patty Hearst. . . . Graebner's essay offers far more than narrative. It contextualises a story that 'shocked the nation' in its historical context, midway between the permissive radicalism of the 1960s and a backlash that anticipated the new conservatism of the Reagan era. . . . Graebner combines erudition and scholarship with a sense of humour."--Jill Radford "Times Higher Education "
"William Graebner's brilliant analysis of America's struggles over the meaning of Patty Hearst gives us not only new perspectives on the 1970s, on Americans' fundamental understandings of their world in a bicentennial year that offered little to celebrate, but also on the longing for heroism and the desire for belief in free will that Graebner believes structured the rise of Reagan-era conservatism. This is a masterful work of cultural history."--Beth Bailey, author of From Front Porch to Back Seat: Courtship in Twentieth-Century America
"In this work, Graebner reconsiders the kidnapping and trial of heiress Patricia Hearst in the context of psychiatry, media, politics, and popular culture in the 1970s. The book is divided into two parts: the first half is a detailed recitation of the kidnapping of Hearst by members of the Symbionese Liberation Army, or SLA (an American self-styled urban guerrilla warfare group active in the 1970s); the crimes committed by her; and her trial and conviction. In the second part, titled 'Reading Patty Hearst, ' the author concedes that no one knows why Hearst joined her SLA captors. He cites society's dismay with the chaos of the Nixon administration, the decline of the family, and the survival culture of the day. Patty's Got a Gun is a well-written, sophisticated speculation of why Hearst was convicted both by the jury and in the court of public opinion at the onset of the Reagan era."--Library Journal--Library Journal
"Graebner conducts an intellectual history tour de force that will enrich the scholarship of this period, providing a look into a discrete but revealing episode that exposes the era's most fervent concerns."--Bradford Martin "Journal of American History "
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