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Publisher's Summary

The legendary author of Play It As It Lays and Slouching Towards Bethlehem here trains her eye on the far frontiers of the Monroe Doctrine, where history dissolves into conspiracy (Dallas in 1963, Iran Contra in 1984), and fashions a moral thriller as hypnotic and provocative as any by Joseph Conrad or Graham Greene.

In that latter year, Elena McMahon walks off the presidential campaign she has been covering for a major newspaper to do a favor for her father. Elena's father does deals. And it is while acting as his agent in one such deal - a deal that shortly goes spectacularly wrong - that she finds herself on an island where tourism has been superseded by arms dealing, covert action, and assassination.

The Last Thing He Wanted is a tour de force - persuasive in its detail, dazzling in its ambiguities, enchanting in its style.

©1996 Joan Didion (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"This is a major work by one of the shrewdest observers of America's political and cultural life." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Simultaneously lucid and surreal...the result is entrancing." ( The New Yorker)
"Dark detail, understatement and intelligence work their astonishing magic." ( The New York Times Book Review)

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I have listened to this book twice. I have no idea what it is about. The narrator was great but I just don't understand the story.