SIGNED Advance Reading Copy. 1st edition. 1st Printing. In black slipcase. Never opened. Original plastic covers slipcase. Book has never been touched since it left the publisher. PERFECT COPY. VERY RARE collectors item. Bookseller Inventory # 000229
Synopsis: This intricate, fast-paced story, whose many scenes and details fit together like so many pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, is Didion's incisive and chilling look at a modern world where things are not working as they should and where the oblique and official language is as sinister as the events it is covering up.
The narrator introduces Elena McMahon, estranged from a life of celebrity fundraisers and from her powerful West Coast husband, Wynn Janklow, whom she has left, taking Catherine, her daughter, to become a reporter for The Washington Post. Suddenly walking off the 1984 campaign, she finds herself boarding a plane for Florida to see her father, Dick McMahon. She becomes embroiled in her Dick's business though "she had trained herself since childhood not to have any interest in what he was doing." It is from this moment that she is caught up in something much larger than she could have imagined, something that includes Ambassador-at-Large Treat Austin Morrison and Alexander Brokaw, the ambassador to an unnamed Caribbean island.
Into this startling vision of conspiracies, arms dealing, and assassinations, Didion makes connections among Dallas, Iran-Contra, and Castro, and points up how "spectral companies with high-concept names tended to interlock." As this book builds to its terrifying finish, we see the underpinnings of a dark historical underbelly. This is our system, the one "trying to create a context for democracy and getting [its] hands a little dirty in the process."
Review: Elena McMahon is a reporter for the Washington Post and the unlikely inheritor of her father's complex and secretive life as an arms dealer for the U.S. Government in Central America. The year is 1984, and as she flies to an unnamed island off the coast of Costa Rica, she is oblivious to the spies, American military personnel, and the consequences of her father's errors that await her. She's also unprepared for the advances of Treat Morrison, an American diplomat whose service under six administrations has made him a "crisis junkie." Treat narrates this story, offering a unique perspective on Elena, a woman who abandons one life for another.
Title: The Last Thing He Wanted
Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Inc
Publication Date: 1996
Book Condition: New
Dust Jacket Condition: New
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition
Book Description Knopf, U.S.A., 1996. Hard Cover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Trade Edition/1st Printing. SIGNED by author on a bookplate affixed to half-title page (signature only). $23.00 price present on DJ flap; mylar protected. Also laid-in is the original review from the 1996 Philadelphia Inquirer. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Signed by Author. Seller Inventory # 034855
Book Description Knopf, U.S.A., 1996. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. A fine copy in a near-fine unclipped dustjacket. This copy is signed by Joan Didion on the title page--signature only. A clean and tight copy of the first printing. The dustjacket is unclipped and has a slight remainder mark to the bottom edge or would also be fine. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # cfe17212
Book Description Knopf, NY, 1996. Soft cover. Condition: Very Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: None Issued. 1st Edition. This is a Very Fine copy of the First Edition. In a black slipcase with white and red typography. Also very fine. It is Signed by Joan Didion on the front endpaper. A beautiful copy. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 042667
Book Description New York, NY: Alfred A Knopf, 1996. Soft cover. Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. NF/NF. Book (printed white wrappers) has lightly bumped corner. Card case (printed black) has light bump to one end. First US Edition. ARC/Proof. SIGNED by Didion. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 024081
Book Description Knopf, New York, 1998. Paperback. Uncorrected Proof. Paperback. Uncorrected Proof. A fine unread copy in plain beige covers. With publisher's promotional material stapled to the inside cover. This precedes the signed advance readers copy in slipcase that was sent to booksellers for promotional purposes. Seller Inventory # 28175