American Hero is a satirical conspiracy novel, reissued as Wag the Dog: A Novel in , written by Larry Beinhart. It speculates that Operation Desert. 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 by Larry Beinhart – book cover, description, publication history.

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What I’m saying is, this gesture she does, leaning on my arm, slipping off her shoes, carrying them in one hand by their straps, it’s got grace, and I don’t know what else to call it but femininity–when I watch her do it, I’m seeing a scene from a movie. Return to Book Page. Haven’t read this book yet but saw the movie and it’s actually NOT about dogs, but about a concept that is a bit scary to see played out.

American Hero by Larry Beinhart – FictionDB

To achieve realism no distinction is made among these elements. To the American people? It was a war of green, young officers who made tragic mistakes. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. The plot revolves around the premise that the first Gulf War under Aamerican Sr. The story is packaged as a crime novel, with a Mickey Spillane type character—a masculine, tough, hrro covert security agent who becomes romantically linked with a famous and gorgeous actress—whose mission is to retrieve the memo written by a Here is a propaganda novel about propaganda.


A lot of those irrelevant parts were also really awkward and uncomfortable to read. It has become completely a media event.

American Hero

What America needed–or Bush needed–or Beinhartt needed–was someone to invade America. I learned about Michael Ovitz and Steven Seagal in the real world though. Third person omniscient narrative is interspersed with the first person of the hero. This book has loads of footnotes, which drove me crazy!

Some were familiar to me, others were not. And very interesting conclusions can be drawn. I liked the footnotes throughout, which gave some credence to said theories, though I don’t buy into them. As part of this cover story, Broz pretends to have taken over as Lazlo’s agent, a social ascent that gives him better access to the people that might be behind what the two assume to be a conspiracy against Lazlo.

The face of war is not reality. It’s Randolph Scott and Victory at Sea. Consider that the book, while speculating on the origins of the first Gulf War, is frighteningly prescient in regard to the second invasion of Iraq, the War on Terror, and the radical narrowing of the American political discourse.

It was completely different, but wish that Bush and the politics of the Gulf War was a larger presence, and less about Joe and Maggie. From the front matter: That’s what the client wanted. Jul 13, N.

SatireConspiracy fiction. Reagan proved, people much prefer a good, solid story to an elusive and complex truth. Yet the whole of the concept stares us in the face: Published August 29th by Ballantine Books first published Fundamentally this is a book about war.


No matter what your political beliefs, this is an engaging story. She wants Joe to find him. Consider that the book, while speculating on the origins of the first Gulf War, is frighteningly prescient in regard to the second invasio Beinhart has crafted an engaging, erudite thriller that reveals more than most folks are comfortable knowing about the spectacle of modern American “war.

I cannot recommen The inspiration for the 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 this turns around an exercise of pure imagination.

I enjoyed every minute I spent with this book, savoring it like a delicious snack. A president wouldn’t hire film directors to tell him what to say and do.

Jan 01, Alla rated it really liked it. Our leaders are men who put honor over expedience.

It speculates that Operation Desert Storm had been scripted and choreographed as a ploy to get George H.