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Revolution's End: The Patty Hearst Kidnapping, Mind Control, and the Secret History of Donald DeFreeze and the SLA

Award-Winner in the “Multicultural Non-Fiction” category of the 2017 International Book Awards
Silver Award winner for True Crime for the Independent Publisher Book Awards

2022 William Randolph Hearst Awardee for Outstanding Service in Professional Journalism from the Hearst Journalism Awards Program


Forty years after the Patty Hearst “trial of the century,” people still don’t know the true story of the events.

Revolution’s End fully explains the most famous kidnapping in US history, detailing Patty Hearst’s relationship with Donald DeFreeze, known as Cinque, head of the Symbionese Liberation Army. Not only did the heiress have a sexual relationship with DeFreeze while he was imprisoned; she didn’t know he was an informant and a victim of prison behavior modification.

Neither Hearst nor the white radicals who followed DeFreeze realized that he was molded by a CIA officer and allowed to escape, thanks to collusion with the California Department of Corrections. DeFreeze’s secret mission: infiltrate and discredit Bay Area anti-war radicals and the Black Panther Party, the nexus of seventies activism. When the murder of the first black Oakland schools superintendent failed to create an insurrection, DeFreeze was alienated from his controllers and decided to become a revolutionary, since his life was in jeopardy.

Revolution’s End finally elucidates the complex relationship of Hearst and DeFreeze and proves that one of the largest shootouts in US history, which killed six members of the SLA in South Central Los Angeles, ended when the LAPD set fire to the house and incinerated those six radicals on live television, nationwide, as a warning to American leftists.

Brad Schreiber has written or co-written seven books, including Becoming Jimi Hendrix, selected for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library. He created the truTV series North Mission Road, based on his book, Death in Paradise. He also writes for the Huffington Post and was a National Press Foundation fellow. Schreiber is a visiting professor of nonfiction at University of Wisconsin, Madison. He lives in Los Angeles.

ISBN: 9781510714250

ISBN-10: 9781510714250

Publisher: Skyhorse

Publication Date: 08/02/2016 - 12:00am

On Sale: 08/02/2016 - 12:00am

Pages: 260

Language: English


History / United States / 20th Century

Political Science / Political Ideologies / Radicalism

Biography & Autobiography / Criminals & Outlaws

Biography & Autobiography / Social Activists