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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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. He said that they had made a great movie; he had written a great b “Wag the Dog” was an interesting read. She wants Joe to find him. Retrieved January 5, And so, open mind in america, I began this excellent and well-researched excursion into an alternate reality.

Despite being exceedingly well-researched and sometimes devilishly clever in the way it integrates true events with the fake ones — copious, detailed endnotes explain The basis for the movie “Wag the Dog”, “American Hero” presumably takes its inspiration from philosopher Jean Baudrillard’s claims that the beinnhart Gulf War wasn’t “real.

It is possible to lose on the battlefield, win beinhar television–and win. 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 conclusions.


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! Fundamentally this is a book about war. Knopfler – Wag The Dog.

Beinhart has been a columnist for Al Jazeera since October[3] at Alternet [4] and had a blog at The Huffington Post in The movie “Wag the Dog” was very loosely based on this novel. He was just smart enough to learn how to survive in the Vietnam War.

After writing this review I finally snooped around to see what other not GR readers had to say about this book. Jul 13, N. Reagan proved, people much prefer a good, solid story to an elusive and complex truth.

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The title of the book is perfect. The New York Times. Not that it should be anything less—that would destroy the whole story, but it wasn’t a fun read for me. This biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification. All about how the media manipulates what we believe. Sneak Attack wishes he’d never been born. This film mirrors our current times, and as such, as scary-funny as Trevor Noah’s penis shaped asteroid.

Bush beinhat reelection by having a war professionally produced by Hollywood agent David Hartman.

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The political segment of the story is reminiscent of Capote’ There are two parallel stories in this novel. Beinhart has done an excellent job of making it possible to think both dissenting thoughts simultaneously. Articles needing additional references from August All articles needing additional references Pages to import images to Wikidata.


I asked him what he thought of the movie that was made from his “Wag the Dog” which was then called “American Hero”.

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As the two parts merge, we see the relationship between Maggie and Joe develop while others are attempting to hinder Joe from finding out what happened to the director. University of Georgia Press. The war was just a means to an end.

A new and total wholesomeness pervaded Hollywood’s America. To ask other readers questions about American Lsrryplease sign up. Yet the whole of the concept stares us in the face: Kellyanne’s Bowling-Green Massacre is a direct steal from this playbook. Way to go, Hollywood. I wondered if beinhrat might have exposed too much or too many, and if maybe that put him in jeopardy.

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Mar 05, Andrew rated it did not like it. It was a war of green, young officers who made tragic mistakes. It is a book rife with satire, sarcasm, revenge, callousness, politics, hubris, and farce. Beinhart has crafted an engaging, erudite thriller that reveals more than most folks are comfortable knowing about the spectacle of modern American “war.

In the political part, President George Bush and Jim Baker are given an idea from a man on his deathbed.