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The Last Thing He Wanted

Didion, Joan

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ISBN 10: 0679433317 / ISBN 13: 9780679433316
Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1996
Used Condition: Very Good + Hard Cover
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First trade edition, stated. Inscribed, signed, and dated by the author on the title page: "For Ilene / Happy Anniversary / Joan Didion / 29 Apr 96." Bound in red paper-covered boards with a blind "JD" imprint on the front board and a gold-lettered spine. The book is unmarked; slight spine slant; corners sharp, spine ends bumped; light foxing to top page edges. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $23.00); Brodart protected. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 002700

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Title: The Last Thing He Wanted

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good +

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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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."

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"Gripping...Didion at her finest." --"USA Today"
"Simultaneously lucid and surreal . . . the result is entrancing." --"The New Yorker"
"Remarkable. . . . Didion has created a menacing world where the reader is held hostage." --"Los Angeles Times"
"Dark detail, understatement and intelligence work their astonishing magic." --"The New York Times Book Review"

"Gripping...Didion at her finest." --"USA Today""Simultaneously lucid and surreal . . . the result is entrancing." --"The New Yorker""Remarkable. . . . Didion has created a menacing world where the reader is held hostage." --"Los Angeles Times""Dark detail, understatement and intelligence work their astonishing magic." --"The New York Times Book Review"

"Gripping...Didion at her finest." "USA Today""Simultaneously lucid and surreal . . . the result is entrancing." "The New Yorker""Remarkable. . . . Didion has created a menacing world where the reader is held hostage." "Los Angeles Times""Dark detail, understatement and intelligence work their astonishing magic." "The New York Times Book Review""

"Gripping...Didion at her finest." USA Today"Simultaneously lucid and surreal . . . the result is entrancing." The New Yorker"Remarkable. . . . Didion has created a menacing world where the reader is held hostage." Los Angeles Times"Dark detail, understatement and intelligence work their astonishing magic." The New York Times Book Review"

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