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Jeffrey Toobin is one of the country’s most-esteemed experts on politics, media, and the law. He has provided analysis on some of the most provocative and important events of our time. Toobin is the bestselling author of The Nine, for which he won the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, The Oath, Too Close to CallA Vast Conspiracy, and The Run of His Life, which was made into the critically acclaimed FX series The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story. He received an Emmy Award in 2000, while at ABC News, for his coverage of the Elián González custody case.  He is a staff writer at the New Yorker and the senior legal analyst at CNN. His most recent book is American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst (Doubleday), the definitive account of the kidnapping and trial that defined an insane era in American history. In 1974, Patty Hearst, a sophomore in college and heiress to the Hearst family publishing fortune, was kidnapped by a ragtag group of self-styled revolutionaries calling itself the Symbionese Liberation Army. Based on more than a hundred interviews and thousands of previously secret documents, American Heiress is populated by a colorful cast of characters, including Bill Walton, the Black Panthers, Ronald Reagan, and F. Lee Bailey. Toobin portrays the the half-baked radicals of the SLA, and the toxic mix of sex, politics, and violence that swept up Patty Hearst, and recreates her circus-like trial, filled with theatrical courtroom confrontations and a dramatic last-minute reversal, after which the term “Stockholm syndrome” entered the lexicon.  Publisher’s Weekly says that Toobin’s, “thorough research, careful parsing of all the evidence, and superior prose make the book read like a summertime thriller.”