Celebrity Picks: Jeffrey Toobin's Favorite Reads of 2016

JeffreyToobin225Anyone alive to witness Patricia Hearst's kidnapping on February 4, 1974 remembers it as of the wildest, most sensational stories in a decade full of them. Almost unbelievable at the time, the story has become more inscrutable with the passing of almost 40 years. Who better to tell the tale than Jeffrey Toobin? As a New Yorker columnist, CNN legal analyst, and the author of bestsellers about the O.J. Simpson trial and the Supreme Court, he's covered his share of spectacles. American Heiress is a masterwork of investigation, casting new light on the kidnapping and even Hearst's own motivations throughout her ordeal.

What does Toobin read for fun? See his picks below, and look here for more celebrity favorites. Learn more about the Amazon Books Editors' picks for the Best Books of the Year.

 


Jeffrey Toobin's Favorite Reads of 2016

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The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
Isabel Wilkerson’s The Warmth of Other Suns has an epic grandeur that matches the importance of her subject – the great migration of African Americans from the South to the North in the twentieth century. The book combines great learning, great reporting and great writing to tell a story that is at once national in scope but intimate in its understanding of individual lives.
 

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American Pastoral by Philip Roth
For some reason, I wanted to avoid re-reading Philip Roth’s American Pastoral while I was writing the story of Patty Hearst. I recalled that Roth’s take on the unlikely transformation of a suburban kid into a dangerous revolutionary, and the effect of that change on her family, had echoes of the Hearst story. But once I finished my own book, I dived back in and was rewarded with perhaps Roth’s most beautiful book – a haunting and eloquent portrayal of the mysteries of human behavior.
 

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Blood in the Water by Heather Ann Thompson
Heather Ann Thompson’s Blood in the Water tells a story I thought I knew – about the Attica prison uprising in 1971. It’s a hypnotizing and horrifying story, and it reinforces my belief that the seventies are a little-explored gold mine of American madness.
 

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