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American Heiress - Dallas
The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM


Jeffrey Toobin, a Harvard lawyer with a heritage in journalism, has been involved in reporting and analyzing the legal sides of some of the biggest stories of the past few decades, from the O.J. Simpson to pop star Michael Jackson’s trial.

But in his latest book, Toobin is bringing back an astounding 1970s criminal curiosity and it promises to be a hot topic immediately upon release in early August.

A multiple best-selling author, the senior legal analyst for CNN and writer for The New Yorker now looks into one of the most headline-grabbing cases from an unruly era in America. The title of his latest book is American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst.

The heiress to the Hearst publishing fortune was kidnaped in 1974 by left-wing terrorists, the Symbionese Liberation Army. She allegedly became supportive of the cause, was captured and convicted of bank robbery. President Jimmy Carter commuted her sentence and President Bill Clinton pardoned her.

Toobin’s account of this “Wild Saga” goes on sale in late August but will be available for purchase at his Council programs in Dallas and Fort Worth on Tuesday, August 23.

After earning a bachelor’s degree from Harvard, Toobin graduated manga cum laude from Harvard Law School. He was the editor of the Harvard Law Review. He also is the son of the late CBS and ABC news correspondent Marlene Sanders.

Combine education with genetics and it is no surprise that he digs into writing a book about a legal challenge with the enthusiasm of a journalist hot on the trail of a news story.

Toobin came to CNN after six years as a legal analyst for ABC News. This put him on screen to analyze the O.J. Simpson civil trial and Kenneth Starr’s investigation of assorted facets of the Clinton White House. He won a 2001 Emmy for coverage of the custody case involving the young Cuban would-be immigrant Elian Gonzales.

For The New Yorker, his topics have ranged from the trial of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh to the 2000 presidential ballot-counting in Florida.

His best sellers include The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court and The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court.

Other Toobin best-sellers, demonstrating the wide range of his writing, are Too Close to Call: the Thirty-Six Day Battle to Decide the 2000 Election; A Vast Conspiracy: the Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President; and The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson.


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6:30 PM Reception
7:00 PM Program & Book Signing
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Hotel Crescent Court
400 Crescent Ct.
Dallas, TX 75201
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$25 Members; $40 Non-Members
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