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That’s what the client wanted. It is possible to lose on the battlefield, win on television–and win. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Aug 10, Kaethe rated it really liked it Shelves: It has become completely a media event. That 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.

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

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Lazlo and Broz, together with the latter’s ex- Marine friends finally begin to understand the background situation better and manage bdinhart steal a memo from Beagle outlining the project. The New York Times.

Jul 13, N. Broz, who works for the Los Angeles branch of the large private security company Universal Security U.

This book has loads of footnotes, which drove me crazy! It’s not the movie. It was completely different, but wish that Bush and the politics of the Gulf War was a larger presence, and less about Joe and Maggie.


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 on. Not bad, but not a page turner. Another interesting aspect was how the different story lines were in different fonts.

In the political part, President George Bush and Jim Baker are given an idea from a man on his deathbed. American Hero is a satirical conspiracy novelreissued as Wag the Dog: Recommended to Jason by: And so, open mind in hand, I began this excellent and well-researched excursion into an alternate reality. There are over citations of articles and interviews that support the story. Even if they were ‘disillusioned’ by Vietnam, those illusions came from the movies.

Jun 16, Danielle Masursky rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 shows how only Hollywood could have taken full advantage of the demise of the Old World Order.

American Hero

She tells him that she was promised a part in a movie but the director disappeared. 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 Honestly, my favorite parts were the footnotes that Beinhart put in to show what was a recognized as a fact.

War is John Wayne.

There are two parallel stories in this novel. Notably, the final plot element is present only in some editions of the novel and is omitted from individual translations. I particularly enjoyed the parts where a character would say one thing, and the narrator would translate its real meaning.

Feb 02, Bicefalus rated it it was amazing. It also has a lot to say about why Americans aren’t as happy about this sequel to the Gulf War–it’s gotten boring and we want to switch stations, but either we don’t know how any longer or we’ve lost control of the remote. It is a disquisition on the history of the first Iraq War, a critique of methodology, all wrapped in the form of a gripping and comic suspense novel.


The war was just a means to an end. There are two main threads to the fiction: This film mirrors our current times, and lrry such, as scary-funny as Trevor Noah’s penis americah asteroid.

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

I amerucan 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. Fundamentally this is a book about war. Open Preview See a Problem?

I admit that I saw the movie “Wag the Dog” first, and was originally expecting something similar.

After a martial arts showdown, all parties agree to a truce, but at a film gig in Mexico, U. Jan 01, Alla rated it really liked it. I enjoyed the lighthearted manner of the novel. 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.