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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He said that they had made a great movie; he had written a great b “Wag the Dog” was an interesting read. Articles needing additional references from August All articles needing additional references Pages to import images to Wikidata. War is not partially a media event.

The detective, heart- broken, then turns to drinking and eventually knocks at a fictional author’s door to tell his story. I loved the movie, but the book was quite different.

Quite different to the film. He said that they had made a great movie; he had written a great book; and they didn’t have much to do with each other.

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Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. SatireConspiracy fiction. I cannot recommend this book too highly.

By the way, if you’ve seen the movie ‘Wag the Dog’ with Aerican and DeNiro, it won’t spoil the book for you, since, in Beinhart’s reply as to whether the movie was faithful to the book, he said yes. A new and total wholesomeness pervaded Hollywood’s America. American Hero is an interesting novel. Our leaders are men who put honor over expedience. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. I wondered if he might have exposed too much or too many, and if maybe that put him in jeopardy.


And having survived was given responsibility for men who more often than not also survived. Four 4 stars for me. 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” 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 beinhaft had been so popular.

And very interesting conclusions can be drawn. This page was last edited on 31 Augustat All about how the media manipulates what we believe.

Beinhart has done an excellent job of making it possible to think both dissenting thoughts simultaneously. There are over citations of articles and interviews that support the story. The story is packaged as a crime novel, with a Mickey Spillane type character—a masculine, tough, wisecracking covert security a,erican who becomes romantically linked with a famous and gorgeous actress—whose mission is to retrieve the memo written by a Here is a bsinhart novel about propaganda.

Bush ‘s reelection by having a war professionally produced by Hollywood agent David Hartman. Sneak Attack wishes he’d never been born.


American Hero

Here is a propaganda maerican about propaganda. Not bad, but not a page turner. I particularly enjoyed the parts where a character would say one thing, and the narrator would translate its real meaning. American Hero is ehro satirical conspiracy novelreissued as Wag the Dog: A lot of those irrelevant parts were also really awkward and uncomfortable to read. If you like straight crime drama, you might want to check out his Tony Cassella series, which I intend to read and rate.

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The basis for the movie “Wag the Dog”, “American Hero” presumably takes yero inspiration from philosopher Jean Baudrillard’s claims that the first Gulf War wasn’t “real. Reagan proved, people much prefer a good, solid story to an elusive and complex truth.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It was completely different, but wish that Bush and the politics of the Gulf War was a larger pre I admit that I saw the movie “Wag the Dog” first, and was originally expecting something similar. Before starting this book I scrupulously avoided learning anything about it.