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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For Beinhart, “images have now replaced words as repositories of history” 65 leading to a situation in which “changes of history can be achieved by changes in imagery” That drove me crazy!

After writing this review I finally snooped around to see what other not GR readers had to say about this book. Aug 10, Kaethe rated it really liked it Shelves: 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!

I needn’t have worried, because then the movie Wag the Dog came out, which redirected the focus of the story and trivialized the plot, so that no one would take Beinhart’s book seriously To the American people? Not that it should be anything less—that would destroy the whole story, but it wasn’t a fun read for me. Dec 08, “Greg Adkins” rated it liked it Shelves: Apr 23, Sund4ncekid rated it liked it.

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She tells him that she was promised beihart part in a movie but the director disappeared. Even for people who have been to war. Whatever their memories, they have been replaced by what they have seen subsequently on TV.

Third person omniscient narrative is interspersed with the first person of the hero.

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I asked him what he thought of the movie that was made from his “Wag the Dog” which was then called “American Hero”. It has parry hardboiled plot line absent from the film and specific references to George Bush and Desert Storm that’s the manufactured war – a real one in beinhaet case, unlike the film. And very interesting conclusions can be drawn. Please help by adding reliable sources. While I am intrigued by the thought of this new material, I was not that unhappy with the ending of the novel.

American Hero

Not something I would normally read. A president wouldn’t make policy, life-and-death policy, just for the sake of being re-elected. It is possible to lose on the battlefield, win on television–and win. Before starting this book I scrupulously avoided learning anything about it.

I know several people that would be oh-so happy with just that chapter alone. 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.


What America needed–or Bush needed–or Beagle needed–was someone to invade America. Sneak Beinyart wishes he’d never been born. It’s really nothing like one of the best movies ever: The book has a lot of footnotes, which first made it hard to read.

The detective, heart- broken, then turns to drinking and eventually knocks at a fictional author’s door to tell his story. Preview — American Hero by Larry Beinhart.

I liked the movie so I had to amerixan the book. It’s not the movie.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. A Novel inwritten by Larry Beinhart. Once I jumped those it was a plesant book.

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It was a war of green, young officers who made tragic mistakes. In the other portion of the story, a young Hollywood actress comes to see investigator, Joe Broz.

amerocan Also, because the book is sort of ‘faction’, rather than pure fiction, Beinhart has footnotes at the end of the chapters, which is strange for a novel.