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By Joan Didion

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“Didion has the instincts of a good reporter and the point of interest of a historian . . . a novelist’s appreciation of the surreal.” —Los Angeles occasions e-book Review

Whether she’s writing approximately civil warfare in imperative the United States, political scurrility in Washington, or the tightl -braided myths and realities of her local California, Joan Didion expresses an unblinking imaginative and prescient of the reality.

Vintage Didion comprises 3 chapters from Miami; an excerpt from Salvador; and 3 separate essays from After Henry that disguise themes from Ronald Reagan to the valuable Park jogger case. Also incorporated is “Clinton Agonistes” from Political Fictions, and “Fixed critiques, or the Hinge of History,” a scathing research of the continued warfare on terror.

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