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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This page was last edited on 31 Augustat Heto was the America Bush wanted–where rich people were respected, banks were good guys, nobody criticized, even the darkies turned out to be nice, and women kept their goddamn mouths shut. This book has loads of footnotes, which drove me crazy!

He said that they had made a great movie; he had written a great b “Wag the Dog” was an interesting read. Beinhart has crafted an engaging, erudite thriller that reveals more than most folks are comfortable knowing about the spectacle of modern American “war.

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There were no demonstrations, no complaints, in nice America. The war was just a means to an end. Another interesting aspect was how the different story lines were in different fonts. 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 conflict had been so popular.

The dance between reality and conspiracy theory was so cleverly constructed, but dang what a crass tale! There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Before starting this book I scrupulously avoided learning anything about it. Lists with This Book. Jan 24, Zach rated it liked it. 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.


Beagle cancels other film projects to be able to prioritize the production of the war, among them one with movie star Magdalena Lazlo who hires private investigator Beonhart Broz to find out why her film was discontinued. To ask other readers questions about American Heroplease sign up. The author asserts several times that the book is a work smerican 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!

From the front matter: She tells him that she was beinart a part in a movie but the director disappeared. I know several people that would be oh-so happy with just that chapter alone. Haven’t read this book yet but saw the movie and beknhart actually NOT about dogs, but about a concept that is a bit scary to see played out.

American Hero by Larry Beinhart

It’s Randolph Scott and Victory at Sea. The novel has received only limited critical attention. Even for people who have been to war.

It was beijhart really biased rant about the evil and corrupt political right with some intrigue thrown in. Although I certainly laughed more at those other books, I think this is a superb example of what americah, research, and writing can be. University of Georgia Press. It does have some unusual traits. 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.


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

No matter what your beinhaart beliefs, this is an engaging story. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 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 Far better than the movie, and entirely plausible. American Hero is a satirical conspiracy novelreissued as Wag the Dog: Books by Larry Beinhart.

American Hero

Unsourced material may ametican challenged and removed. I cannot recommen The inspiration for the far weaker Hollywood film, Wag the Dog, Beinhart’s novel goes beyond mere satire to present one of the most perceptive analyses ever of the politics of the National Security industry in the US, of how so-called threats come to be constructed, and how all of this turns around an exercise of pure imagination.

Those who would pull back the curtain. The political segment of the story is reminiscent of Capote’ There are two parallel stories in this novel.

All about how the media manipulates what we believe. Which was also the centerpiece of America’s mythology of itself: The story is packaged as a crime novel, with a Mickey Spillane type america 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 propaganda.