A few key countries, like Pakistan, would not normally allow U.S. spy planes on their territories. What to do, what to do? Such was the dilemma of Anthony Marshall, who worked at the CIA at the very beginning of the U2 program.
How does one select or run across this Norman novel out of the plethora of Brooke Astor's collection? How would they find it for you to buy it specifically? The coincidence and synchronicity raised the hair on the back of my neck.
The author was obviously trying to put the 2009 dinner in context with how previous years' affairs went. But he may have gotten a bit carried away in including quite so many characters, even as afterthoughts.
One thing is for certain: In her prime, Brooke Astor would have redeemed the occasion with her spirit and wit. There was no redemption to be found throughout the trial of her son, and it's final day was no different.