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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American Hero is definitely a provocative page-turner. The book has a lot of footnotes, which first made it hard to read. What America needed–or Bush needed–or Beagle needed–was someone to invade America.

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From the front matter: Those who would pull back the curtain. The detective, heart- broken, then turns to drinking and eventually knocks at a fictional author’s door to tell his story.

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. Heto admit that I saw the movie “Wag the Dog” first, and was originally expecting something similar. Lists with This Book. It’s not the movie. 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.


There are ameican main threads to the fiction: When he discovers that Lazlo’s house has been bugged by his employer U. And very interesting conclusions can be drawn. As usual, some of my favorite insights from the book follow. There were no demonstrations, no complaints, in nice America.

Broz, who works for the Los Angeles branch of the large private security company Universal Security U. I loved the movie, but the book was quite different. In one the author passionately explains that he is not mocking Michael Ovitz who took his lafry aikido instructor and made him a movie star.

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He was just smart enough to learn how to survive in the Vietnam War. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. After a martial arts showdown, all parties agree to a truce, but at a film gig in Mexico, U. This is a novel of fact and fiction. That’s what the client wanted. I know several people that would be oh-so happy with just that chapter alone. Retrieved January 5, Books by Larry Beinhart.


The dance between reality and conspiracy theory was so cleverly constructed, but dang what a crass tale! By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediatelyespecially if potentially libelous or harmful.

No matter what your political beliefs, this is an engaging story.

The movie “Wag the Dog” was very loosely based on this novel. By using this site, you agree to the Terms herk Use and Privacy Policy.

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I watched the neinhart ahead of it and loved it. On his death bed, Lee Atwater devises a plan to secure president George H. They drove me crazy because they were insightful and that made me want to read them, but reading them was a distraction from the actual story. Retrieved from ” https: