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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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Return to Book Page. Our leaders are men who put honor over expedience. Despite being exceedingly well-researched and sometimes devilishly clever in the way it integrates true events with the fake ones — copious, detailed endnotes explain which elements are factual and which aren’t — the plot still gets a bit straight-jacketed by its need to fit within the confines of the actual events. I was looking for an escapist novel, I suppose Beinhart has crafted an engaging, erudite thriller that reveals more than most folks are comfortable knowing about the spectacle of modern American “war.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. A Novel inwritten by Larry Beinhart. Hrro watched the movie ahead of it and loved it.

All about how the media manipulates what we believe. I was told this was a response to the Clinton mess, not sure if it’s true or not but a must read at any rate! Dec 08, “Greg Adkins” rated it liked it Shelves: This is a novel of fact and fiction.

It’s really nothing like one of the best movies ever: I know several people that would be oh-so happy with just that chapter alone. Books by Larry Beinhart. 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 retrieve the memo written by a dying Lee Atwater that gave birth to the idea.


Honestly I think I would have enjoyed it more if I were more into conspiracy theories. That’s what the client wanted. They drove me crazy because they were insightful and that made me want to read them, but reading them was a distraction from the actual story. In one the author passionately explains that he is not mocking Michael Ovitz who took his former aikido instructor and made him a movie star.

American Hero by Larry Beinhart

It speculates that Operation Desert Storm had been scripted and choreographed as a ploy to get George H. A new and total wholesomeness pervaded Hollywood’s America. The book formed the inspiration and basis for the film, Wag the Dog. He was just smart enough to learn how to survive in the Vietnam War. It’s not the movie. 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.

After a martial arts showdown, all parties agree to a truce, but at a film gig in Mexico, U. Trivia About American Hero. Notably, the final plot element is present only in some editions of the novel and is omitted from individual translations.

Views Read Edit View history. The detective, heart- broken, then turns to drinking and eventually knocks at a fictional author’s door to tell his story.


He said that they had made a great movie; he had written a great b “Wag the Dog” was an interesting read. That drove me crazy! As the book advances, our protagonist is estranged from his company by his and their actions and we learn a lot about his past.

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American Hero

American Hero is an interesting novel. Bush ‘s reelection by having a war professionally produced by Hollywood agent David Hartman. It is possible to lose on the battlefield, win on television–and win. The war canceled all criticism. I enjoyed every minute I spent with this book, savoring it like a delicious snack.

I don’t read a lot of crime stuff, but this was very entertaining and well written. Jan 01, Alla rated it really liked it.

Larry Beinhart’s “American Hero” (David Louis Edelman)

Feb 02, Bicefalus rated it it was amazing. Four 4 stars for me.

Which was also the centerpiece of America’s mythology of itself: Third person omniscient narrative is interspersed with the first person of the hero.

I liked the movie so I had to read the book. I thought the film was brilliant.

It was a really biased rant about the evil and corrupt political right with some intrigue thrown in. On his death bed, Lee Atwater devises a plan to secure president George H.

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