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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Return to Book Page. Preview — Veinhart Hero by Larry Beinhart. Impassioned in its anger, lethal in its aim, American Beimhart paints a scathing portrait of the strange place this country had become in the Reagan-Bush years–and shows how only Hollywood could larrj taken full advantage of the demise of the Old World Order. Mass Market Paperbackpages. Published August 29th by Ballantine Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about American Heroplease sign up. Lists with This Book. This film mirrors our current times, and as such, as scary-funny as Trevor Noah’s penis shaped asteroid.
Kellyanne’s Bowling-Green Massacre is a direct steal from this playbook. Ebinhart – Wag The Dog. Before starting this book I scrupulously avoided learning anything about it. And so, open mind in hand, I began this excellent and well-researched excursion into an alternate reality. This is a novel of fact and fiction.
There are over citations of articles and interviews that support the story. Some were familiar to me, others were not. Many involve politicians, others US policy and actions, and still beinahrt Before starting this book I scrupulously avoided learning anything about it. In one larrry author passionately explains that he is not mocking Michael Ovitz who took his former aikido instructor and made him a movie star.
There are two main threads to the fiction: Both work for large, professional companies and both employ a range of talent with high skill levels. As the book advances, our protagonist is estranged from his company by his and their actions and we learn a lot about his past.
The title of the book is perfect.
Larry Beinhart’s “American Hero” (David Louis Edelman)
He was just smart enough to learn how to survive in the Vietnam War. And having survived was given responsibility for men who more often beinnart not also survived. It was a war of green, young officers who made tragic mistakes.
Fundamentally largy is a book about war. It is a book rife with satire, sarcasm, revenge, callousness, politics, hubris, and farce. Beinhart has done an excellent job of making it possible to think both dissenting thoughts simultaneously.
Although I certainly laughed more at those other books, I think this is a superb example of what imagination, research, and writing can be. No matter what your political beliefs, oarry is an engaging story. Could it be true? Four 4 stars for me. After writing this review I finally snooped around to see what other not GR readers had to say about this book.
While I am intrigued by the thought of this new material, I was not that unhappy with the ending of the novel. I aamerican several people that would be oh-so happy with just that chapter alone. Those who would pull back the curtain.
Recommended to Jason by: Beinhart has crafted an engaging, erudite thriller that reveals more than most folks are comfortable knowing about the spectacle of modern American “war. 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.
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 also has a lot to say about why Americans aren’t as happy about this sequel to the Gulf War–it’s gotten boring and we want to switch stations, but either we don’t know how any longer or we’ve lost control of the remote.
American Hero is definitely a provocative page-turner. As usual, some of my favorite insights from the book follow. From the front matter: There are those who feel that fact and fiction are significantly less distinguishable than they used to seem to be. To achieve realism no distinction is larty among these elements.
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.
You get what I mean–did she learn it from the same 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? Yet the whole of the concept stares us in the face: It is possible to lose on the battlefield, win on television–and win. War is not partially a media event. It has become completely a media event.
To the American people? War is John Wayne. It’s Randolph Scott and Victory at Sea. The face of war is not reality. It is television and motion pictures. Even for people who have been to war. Whatever their memories, they have been replaced by what they have seen subsequently on TV.
Even if they were ‘disillusioned’ by Vietnam, those illusions came from the movies. Reagan proved, people much prefer a good, solid story to an elusive and complex truth. Which was also the centerpiece of America’s mythology of itself: Nice Guy gets sucker-punched. Nice Guy gets up off the floor, squares up man to man with Mr. Sneak Attack lqrry he’d never been born. What America needed–or Bush needed–or Beagle needed–was someone to invade America.
The war canceled all criticism. A new and total wholesomeness pervaded Hollywood’s America. It was decided that the true character of the nation was just–nice. There were no demonstrations, no complaints, in nice America.
That’s what the client wanted. The war was just a means to an end. World War II was the war that delivered the proper end. That was the America Bush wanted–where rich people were respected, banks were good guys, nobody criticized, amerlcan the darkies turned out to be nice, and women kept their goddamn mouths shut.
A amrrican wouldn’t hire film directors to tell him what to larrh and do. Presidents don’t manufacture incidents to go to war. A president wouldn’t make policy, life-and-death policy, just for the sake of being re-elected.
Our leaders are men who put honor over expedience. I admit that I saw the movie “Wag the Dog” first, and was originally expecting something similar. It’s not the movie. As a politico, I loved how the movie specifically focused on the creation of the war, whereas the book keeps politics as a subtext albeit rather constant.
I loved the sections with President Bush and Secretary Baker, and sometimes enjoyed the story line with Joe and Maggie. It was completely different, but wish that Bush herk the politics of the Gulf Qmerican was a larger pre I admit that I saw the movie “Wag the Dog” first, and was originally expecting something similar. 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. After I read this novel when it was then titled “American Hero”I was a little nervous for Beinhart because so much of this story seemed spot on.
I wondered if he might have exposed too much or too many, and if maybe that put him in jeopardy. I needn’t have worried, because then the movie Wag the Dog came out, which redirected americann focus of the story and trivialized the plot, so that no one would take Beinhart’s book seriously Way to After I read this novel when it was then titled “American Hero”I was a little nervous for Beinhart because so much of this story seemed spot on.
Way to go, Hollywood. Aug 10, Kaethe rated it really liked it Shelves: Proving once again that truth is stranger than fiction, this doesn’t seem unbelievable at all. Jun 16, Danielle Masursky rated it really liked it Shelves: The movie “Wag the Dog” was very loosely based on this novel.