Impassioned in its anger, lethal in its aim, American Hero paints a scathing portrait of the strange place this country had become in the Reagan-Bush years– and. American Hero is a satirical conspiracy novel, reissued as Wag the Dog: A Novel in , written by Larry Beinhart. It speculates that Operation Desert. Larry Beinhart is an American author. He is best known as the author of the political and detective novel American Hero, which was adapted into the.

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There were no demonstrations, no complaints, in nice America. Please help by adding reliable sources. Jun 16, Danielle Masursky rated it really liked it Shelves: Quite different to the film. Feb hfro, Bicefalus rated it it was amazing. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. In this story, the political portion is laced with footnotes and true to life characters.

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Aug 10, Kaethe rated it really liked it Shelves: Recommended to Jason by: There are over citations of articles and interviews that support the story. She wants Joe to find him. amerjcan

So if you’ve seen the movie, go ahead and read the book, and make your own conclusions. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The author asserts several times that the book is a work of fiction, however, numerous footnotes would suggest that at least portions of it are based in fact, which leaves you to draw you own conclus This book has loads of footnotes, which drove me crazy!

On his death bed, Lee Atwater devises a plan to secure president George H.

Presidents don’t manufacture incidents to go to war. The inspiration for lary far weaker Hollywood film, Wag the Dog, Beinhart’s novel goes beyond mere satire to present one of the most perceptive analyses ever of the politics of the National Security industry in the US, of how so-called threats come to be constructed, and how all of xmerican turns around an exercise of pure imagination. The novel has received only limited critical attention. Kellyanne’s Bowling-Green Massacre is a direct steal from this playbook.


He is best known as the author of the political and detective novel American Herowhich was adapted into the political-parody film Wag the Dog. Fundamentally this is a book about war. So reader be aware, my rating is subjective and you might not appreciate it in the smae way as I did. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I admit that I saw the movie “Wag the Dog” first, and was originally expecting something similar.

As the book advances, our protagonist is estranged from his company by his and their actions and we learn a lot about his past. Articles needing additional references from August All articles needing additional references Pages to import images to Wikidata. I was wary of the portrayal of the President and his administration because it was, after all, fiction.

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The story is packaged as a crime novel, with a Mickey Spillane type character—a masculine, tough, wisecracking covert security agent who becomes romantically linked with a famous and gorgeous actress—whose mission is to beinhatr the memo written by a Here is a propaganda novel about propaganda.

Mar 05, Andrew rated it did veinhart like smerican. By this dictum, Beinhart seeks to “create situations in which ideas – about Beinharf, why we go to war, who gets the money, how politics work, beinharrt the media actually does, beinahrt science and morality – are challenged by circumstances”.

Even if they were ‘disillusioned’ by Vietnam, those illusions came from the movies. It was a really biased rant about the evil and corrupt political right with some intrigue thrown in.

You get what I mean–did she learn it from the hdro movies I saw, or is this one of those quintessential feminine moves that directors and actresses, they’re aware of and they set out to capture for the silver screen? And so, open mind in hand, I began this excellent and well-researched excursion into an alternate reality. Lazlo and Broz, together with the latter’s ex- Marine friends finally begin to understand the background situation better and manage to steal a memo from Beagle outlining the project.


A president wouldn’t hire film directors to tell him what to say and do. Some people might wonder why he didn’t write a straight non-fiction book, but for me I thought the concept worked well. While I am intrigued by the thought of this new material, I was not that unhappy with the ending of the novel.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. And I found the story to be interesting and wanted to read it without distractions. Bush reelected to a second term taking cues from Margaret Thatcher ‘s similar war in the Falkland Islandswhile at the same time analyzing exactly why that conflict had been so popular.

Before starting this book I scrupulously avoided learning anything about it. A new and total wholesomeness pervaded Hollywood’s America. Living people 20th-century American novelists 20th-century American male writers American crime fiction writers Edgar Award winners 21st-century American novelists Wadham College, Oxford People from Woodstock, New York American male novelists 21st-century American male writers.

The story is packaged as a crime novel, with a Mickey Spillane type character—a masculine, tough, wisecracking xmerican security agent who becomes romantically linked with a herk and gorgeous actress—whose mission is to retrieve the memo written by a dying Lee Atwater that gave birth to the idea.

Another interesting aspect was how the different story lines were in different fonts. It’s not the movie.