The Last Thing He Wanted
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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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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."
? I read it twice for pure delight.? Guardian
?Fast-paced, witty, inventive? ?The Last Thing He Wanted? is a creation of high seriousness, a thriller composed with all the resources of a unique gift for imaginative literature.? New York Review of Books
?An impressive, fast-talking, hard-boiled, wise-cracking, tough-guy of a novel.? Philip Hensher, Mail on Sunday
PRAISE FOR THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING
'Her poetic writing has a spell-like charm that is profoundly affecting.' Observer
'This brave book maps a year?when the world flipped over to expose the underside of cool where things go bad.? The Times
'The subject may be bleak, but her tender treatment makes it a book that we should all read.' Daily Mail
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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