The Last Thing He Wanted

The Last Thing He Wanted

Book - 1996
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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.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1996
Edition: 1st Trade ed
ISBN: 9780679433316
0679433317
Branch Call Number: FICTION Didion
Characteristics: 227 p. ; 22 cm

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KaraMiller
Apr 11, 2016

The catalog description of the book incorrectly refers to a study bible.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 07, 2014

A menacing tale of a woman who, estranged from her wealthy and influential husband, returns to her job as a reporter for the Washington Post. She innocently becomes entangled in arms dealing, covert operations and attempted assassinations while carrying out her dying father's last wish.

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