The Last Thing He Wanted

The Last Thing He Wanted
Publisher Vintage
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Category Fiction
Total Pages 240
ISBN 9780307787330
Rating 3/5 from 6 reviews
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National Bestseller This intricate, fast-paced story about "trying to create a context for democracy and getting hands a little dirty in the process" is an 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. She finds herself boarding a plane for Florida to see her father. She becomes embroiled in her his business even 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. 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.

The Last Thing He Wanted
  • Author : Joan Didion
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2011-02-16

National Bestseller This intricate, fast-paced story about "trying to create a context for democracy and getting hands a little dirty in the process" is an 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

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The Last Thing He Wanted
  • Author : Joan Didion
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2011-02-16

National Bestseller This intricate, fast-paced story about "trying to create a context for democracy and getting hands a little dirty in the process" is an 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

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The Last Thing He Wanted
  • Author : Joan Didion
  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Release Date : 2008-01-01

Compelled by her dying father, Elena McMahon finds herself in a 'situation' in Central America, knowing neither what to expect, what to demand, nor what to call achievement.

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The Last Thing I Remember
  • Author : Andrew Klavan
  • Publisher : Thomas Nelson
  • Release Date : 2010-06-07

Charlie West just woke up in someone else's nightmare. He's strapped to a chair. He's covered in blood and bruises. He hurts all over. And a strange voice outside the door just ordered his death. The last thing he can remember, he was a normal high-school kid doing normal things--working

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The Last Thing He Needs
  • Author : J. H. Knight
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2014

Tommy O Shea is raising his seven younger brothers and sisters without any help from his drug abusing father and stepmother. Since he was fifteen years old, he's managed to keep the children fed and out of foster care. It takes up every ounce of his energy and the last

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The Year of Magical Thinking  The Play
  • Author : Joan Didion
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2009-04-02

In this dramatic adaptation of her award-winning, bestselling memoir, Joan Didion transforms the story of the sudden and unexpected loss of her husband and their only daughter into a stunning and powerful one-woman play. “This happened on December 30, 2003. That may seem a while ago but it won’t when it

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Salvador
  • Author : Joan Didion
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 1994

The author recounts her 1982 visit to El Salvador and describes the terror, fear and political repression that permeated the country

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Political Fictions
  • Author : Joan Didion
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2002

An incisive compilation of political essays, originally written for The New York Review of Books from 1988 to 2000, explores the nature of American politics and political figures and the role of the media in transforming the American political landscape. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.

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Blue Nights  Enhanced Edition
  • Author : Joan Didion
  • Publisher : Knopf
  • Release Date : 2012-01-17

This enhanced eBook edition of Blue Nights includes three short films directed by Griffin Dunne and starring Joan Didion. Each film blends Didion's incisive prose with images and mementos from her daughter's life. From one of our most powerful writers, Blue Nights is a work of stunning frankness about losing

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Play It as It Lays
  • Author : Joan Didion
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Release Date : 2017-05-09

A “scathing novel” of one woman’s path of self-destruction in 1960s Hollywood—by the New York Times–bestselling author of The White Album (The Washington Post Book World). Spare, elegant, and terrifying, Play It as It Lays is the unforgettable story of a woman and a society come undone.

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The Last Thing She Ever Did
  • Author : Gregg Olsen
  • Publisher : Thomas & Mercer
  • Release Date : 2018

Oregon's Deschutes River. For years Liz and Owen have admired their neighbors, Carole and David, who seem to have it all: security, happiness, and a beautiful son, Charlie. Then Charlie vanishes without a trace. In a heartrending accident, Liz has changed the lives of everyone she loves-- and is concealing

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The White Album
  • Author : Joan Didion
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Release Date : 2017-05-09

New York Times Bestseller: An “elegant” mosaic of trenchant observations on the late sixties and seventies from the author of Slouching Towards Bethlehem (The New Yorker). In this landmark essay collection, Joan Didion brilliantly interweaves her own “bad dreams” with those of a nation confronting the dark underside of 1960s

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Democracy
  • Author : Joan Didion
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2011-02-16

Moving deftly between romance, farce, and tragedy, from Honolulu to Jakarta, Democracy is a tour de force from a writer who can dissect an entire society with a single phrase. Inez Victor knows that the major casualty of the political life is memory. But the people around Inez have made

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The Last Lecture
  • Author : Randy Pausch
  • Publisher : Hachette Books
  • Release Date : 2008-04-08

"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand."---Randy Pausch A lot of professors give talks titled "The Last Lecture." Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them. And while they speak, audiences can't help but

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Slouching Towards Bethlehem
  • Author : Joan Didion
  • Publisher : Open Road Media
  • Release Date : 2017-03-21

The “dazzling” and essential portrayal of 1960s America from the author of South and West and The Year of Magical Thinking (The New York Times). Capturing the tumultuous landscape of the United States, and in particular California, during a pivotal era of social change, the first work of nonfiction from

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