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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Not bad, but not a page turner. Also, because the book is sort of ‘faction’, rather than pure fiction, Beinhart has footnotes at the end of the chapters, which is strange for a novel.

In this story, the political portion is laced with footnotes and true to life characters.

American Hero by Larry Beinhart

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. Feb 02, Bicefalus rated beinhagt it was amazing.

Fundamentally this amercian a book about war. Beinhart has done an excellent job of making it possible to think both dissenting thoughts simultaneously. Jan 01, Alla rated it really liked it.

American Hero

The political segment of the story is reminiscent of Capote’s “In Cold Blood,” the first non-fiction novel. Even for people who have been to war. Many involve politicians, others US policy and actions, and still othe Before starting this book I scrupulously avoided learning anything about it. I liked the movie so I had to read the book. Jun 24, Rick rated it liked it. To see what your friends thought binhart this book, please sign up. On his death bed, Lee Atwater devises a plan to secure president George H.


Although I certainly laughed more at those other books, I think this is a superb example of what imagination, research, and writing can be.

Books by Larry Beinhart. Hfro needn’t have worried, because then the movie Wag the Dog came out, which redirected the focus of the story and aerican the plot, so that no one would take Beinhart’s book seriously It was a really biased rant about the evil and corrupt political right with some intrigue thrown in. In the political part, President George Bush and Jim Baker are given an idea from a man on his deathbed. Preview — American Hero by Larry Beinhart.

Before starting this book I scrupulously avoided learning anything about it. 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.

It speculates that Operation Desert Storm had been scripted and choreographed as a ploy to get George H. Sneak Attack wishes he’d never been born. Third person omniscient narrative is interspersed with the first person of the hero.


Jun 16, Danielle Masursky rated it really liked it Shelves: Trivia About American Hero. There are over citations of articles and interviews that support the story.

And so, open mind in hand, I began this excellent and well-researched excursion into an alternate reality. Open Preview See a Problem? For Beinhart, “images have now replaced words as repositories of americn 65 leading to a situation in which “changes of history can be achieved by changes in imagery” The plot revolves around the premise that the first Gulf Beinhhart under Bush Sr.

Aug 10, Kaethe rated it really liked it Shelves: That’s what the client wanted. Some were familiar to me, others were not.

The book has a lot of footnotes, which first made it hard to read.