Revolution’s End


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

Forty years after the Patty Hearst “trial of the century,” here is the true story of the events, including the beginning of police militarization in America

Revolution’s End fully explains the most famous kidnapping in U.S. history, detailing Patty Hearst’s relationship with Donald DeFreeze, known as Cinque, head of the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA). Not only did the heiress have a physical 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 activism in the 1970s. 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 he knew his life was now in jeopardy.

Revolution’s End finally elucidates the complex relationship of Hearst and DeFreeze and proves that one of the largest shootouts in U.S. 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 radical American Marxists and leftist revolutionaries.

Hardback, 260 pages, #871


“Really incredible…It’s a fascinating book you’ve written. I think it’s important that we study these moments in recent history so that we can have a better view on what’s happening in today’s world.”—Tyrel Ventura, “Watching the Hawks,” RT America Television

“Even more fascinating than the publicly known story of the SLA, Schreiber’s text takes an extended and serious look at a possible deep narrative of the genesis of the SLA…detailed and convincing.”—Ron Jacobs, Counterpunch

About the Author

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.