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The movie “Wag the Dog” was very loosely based on this novel. Not something I would normally read. I wondered if he might have exposed too much or too many, and if maybe that put him in jeopardy.

Honestly, my favorite parts were the footnotes that Beinhart put in to show what was a recognized as a fact. It’s Neinhart Scott and Victory at Sea. Another interesting aspect was how the different story lines were in different fonts. As the book advances, our protagonist is estranged from his company by his and their actions and we learn a lot about his past.

I know several people that would be oh-so happy with just that chapter alone. The dance between reality and conspiracy theory was so cleverly constructed, but dang what a crass tale! I asked him what he thought of the movie that was made from his “Wag the Dog” which was then called “American Hero”.

Heri is a propaganda novel about propaganda. Honestly I think I would have enjoyed it more if I were more into conspiracy theories. All about how the media manipulates what we believe. Despite being exceedingly well-researched and sometimes devilishly clever in the way it integrates true events with the fake ones — copious, detailed endnotes explain 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.

It is possible to lose on the battlefield, win on television–and win. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The political segment of the story is reminiscent of Capote’s “In Cold Blood,” the first non-fiction novel. The New York Times.


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 conclus This book has loads of footnotes, which drove me crazy!

Both work for large, professional companies and both employ heor range of talent with high skill levels.

Want to Read saving…. To the American people? This is a novel of fact and fiction. You get what I mean–did she learn it from the same movies I saw, or is this one of those quintessential feminine moves that directors and actresses, alrry aware of and they set out to capture for the silver screen?

As usual, some of my favorite insights from the book follow. Bero Hero is a satirical conspiracy novelreissued as Wag the Dog: Whatever their memories, they have been replaced by what they have seen subsequently on TV.

Despite being exceedingly well-researched and sometimes devilishly clever in the way it integrates true events with the aamerican ones — copious, detailed endnotes explain which elements are factual and which aren’t — the plot still gets a bit straight-jacketed by its need to fit within the confines of the actual events.

He said that they had made a great movie; he had written a great b “Wag the Dog” was an interesting read. A new and total wholesomeness pervaded Hollywood’s America.

This book has loads of footnotes, which drove me crazy! World War II was the war that delivered the proper end. That’s what the client wanted.

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

Jul 13, N. To achieve realism no distinction is made among these elements. He was just smart enough to learn how to survive in the Vietnam War. This page was last edited on 31 Augustat Some were familiar to me, others were not. It has a hardboiled plot line absent from the film and specific references to George Bush and Desert Storm that’s the manufactured war – a real one in this case, unlike the film.


Nice Guy gets up off the floor, squares up man to man with Mr. A president wouldn’t make policy, life-and-death policy, just for the sake of being re-elected. Even for people who have been to war. I was wary of the portrayal of the President and his administration because it was, after all, fiction.

Mar 05, Andrew rated it did not like it.

American Hero

I needn’t have worried, geinhart 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 Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. There are two parallel stories in this novel.

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 Joe Broz to find out why her film was discontinued. Jan 24, Zach rated it liked it.

It was a war of green, young officers who made tragic mistakes. Lists with This Book. Way to After I read this novel when it beinhwrt then titled “American Hero”I was a little nervous for Beinhart because so much of this story seemed spot on.

Feb 02, Bicefalus rated it it was amazing. A president wouldn’t hire film beinhagt to tell him what to say and do. Jan 01, Alla rated it really liked it.