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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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I was wary of the portrayal of the President and his administration because it was, after all, fiction. I learned about Michael Ovitz and Steven Seagal in the real world though. Consider that beinhadt book, while speculating on the origins of the first Gulf War, is frighteningly aerican 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.

Four 4 stars for me. Beagle cancels other film projects to be able to prioritize the production of the war, among them beunhart with movie star Magdalena Lazlo who hires private investigator Joe Broz to find out why her film was discontinued.

All about how the media manipulates what we believe.

Nice Guy gets sucker-punched. Recommended to Jason by: I asked him what he thought of the movie that was made from his “Wag the Dog” which was then called “American Hero”. I was told this was a response to the Clinton mess, not sure if neinhart true or not but a must read at any rate!

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I thought the film was brilliant. Another interesting aspect was how the different story lines were in different fonts. 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 aamerican.

I loved the sections with President Bush and Secretary Baker, and sometimes enjoyed the story line with Joe and Maggie.

I loved the movie, but the book was quite different. Not something I would normally read. I admit that I saw the movie “Wag the Dog” first, and was originally expecting something similar. University of Georgia Press. Haven’t read this book yet but saw the movie and it’s actually NOT about dogs, but about a concept that is a bit scary to see played out.

Jan 01, Alla rated it really liked it.

That’s what the client wanted. And very interesting conclusions can be drawn.

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

The book has a lot of footnotes, which first made it hard to read. In the political part, President George Bush and Jim Baker are given an idea from a man on his deathbed.

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. The story is packaged as a crime novel, with a Akerican 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 Here is a propaganda novel about beiinhart.

I particularly enjoyed the parts where a character would say one thing, and the narrator would translate its real meaning. 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. It has become completely a media event. No matter what your political beliefs, this is an engaging story.


The movie “Wag the Dog” was very loosely based on this novel.

When he discovers that Lazlo’s house has been bugged by his employer U. The basis for the movie “Wag the Dog”, “American Hero” presumably takes its inspiration from philosopher Jean Baudrillard’s claims that the first Gulf War wasn’t “real.

Wag the Dog (novel) – Wikipedia

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. What America needed–or Bush needed–or Beagle needed–was someone americah invade America. Those who would pull back the curtain. Before starting this book I scrupulously avoided learning anything about it.

American Hero

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Preview — American Hero by Larry Beinhart. I watched the movie ahead of it and loved it. In this story, the political portion is laced with footnotes and true to life characters. Some were familiar to me, others were not. August Learn how and when to remove this template message. Lazlo and Broz, together beinhaart the latter’s ex- Marine friends finally begin to understand the background situation better and manage to steal a memo from Beagle outlining the project.

Which was also the centerpiece of America’s mythology of itself: