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e-Book American Hero download

by Larry Beinhart

ISBN: 0345366638
ISBN13: 978-0345366634
Language: English
Publisher: Ballantine Books (August 29, 1994)
Category: Thrillers and Suspense
Subategory: Thriller

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Based on the book "American Hero" by Larry Beinhart Second draft, 10/14/96. Leaving us on the political commercial. We see two business people on the plane, a man and a woman. More info about this movie on IMDb. For educational purposes only. BUSINESSMAN Well, all I know, you don't change horses in the middle of the stream.

The man really can write. Winner of the Edgar Award.

Once upon a time there was a mean, dying GOP chairman who had a brilliant scheme to assure that his man would retain the office of president of the United States of America. And the only man who could pull off this elaborate plan was a celebrated Hollywood director. The man really can write.

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 political-parody film Wag the Dog. An early inspiration was the works of George Bernard Shaw, who besides his writing skills and wit, "created dramas out of ideas"

Hopelessly smitten with Maggie, Joe (& an authentic American hero. The real smart bombs here are Beinhart's diabolical vignettes of the totalitarian alliance of the Oval Office and the entertainment industry (& are we going to war with?'' & don't know. It's just in development'')

Hopelessly smitten with Maggie, Joe (& an authentic American hero. Really'') signs on, only to find that . ec. is already in the game- -and not kidding around: they've bugged Maggie's place, they're tailing Joe, they're willing to kill Beagle's inoffensive librarian when Joe lures him into a meeting. It's just in development''). Think of a left-wing . O'Rourke, or a Stanley Kubrick production of 1984. What a terrific movie th.

"A funny, ingenious and outrageous political thriller joining Hollywood and the Bush administration in a revisionist fiction about the Gulf War." Los Angeles Times.Once upon a time, there was a mean, dying GOP chairman named Lee Atwater who had the most brilliant, insane, frightening and do-able idea ever concocted to assure that his man, George Bush, would retain the office of the president of the United States. And the only man on the face of the earth who could pull of such an elaborate scheme was none other than the world's most celebrated Hollywood director.It's a sure-fire hit! A joint D.C./L.A. production that will play not in movie theaters but on the nightly news! Of course, hundreds of thousands of "extras" will die . . . . But, hey, that's show biz!
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Saithinin
I first read this book when it was initially released in the early 1990s and it's one I return to every few years. In light of recent political events, I purchased another copy and reread it again this year (2017). This heavily footnoted political thriller uses actual people, living and dead, along with fictitious characters to deliver a devious, alternative explanation for the war know as Desert Storm. This novel also served as the basis for the spineless movie, Wag the Dog, which refocused the thrust of the narrative as satire. I don't believe Larry Beinhart meant this story to be a satire. In fact, at the end of the book, he delivers 25 reasons why his story makes more sense than the one presented to the American public by our government and the media. Beinhart's arguments are hard to ignore. Subsequent international events, which have transpired in the two-plus decades since this book was published, take on a new, nefarious meaning when viewed through the lens of this novel. It demonstrates how easy it is to spin facts in to fiction and fiction into fact. This novel is not for the naive.

Wrathmaster
Although due to foot notes, this book is a little difficult to read, I loved it. It was written about Bush 1's war, but it still sounds like Bush 2's war. The light comedic tone keeps it upbeat, and there is enough action for folks who like that. It is MUCH better than the movie based on the book (Wag The Dog). Except for the basic idea, there is very little of the book in the movie.
I liked it. Humorous conspiricy theory.

Stanober
I enjoyed reading this story but I was not drawn in to, really. The thoughts and ideas seemed to scatted in many chapters.
Still, a good read, one that will make you think.

Diab
It would have been perfect except for the big ugly orange unremovable price sticker that's about 1x2 inches and must be super-glued -- right smack on the otherwise pristine white cover. Most unsightly. It wasn't worth it to return it, but I wouldn't have bought it.

Mash
There are two parallel stories in this novel.

In one, President Bush and Jim Baker are given an idea from a man on his deathbed. If there is ever a need to boost the president's popularity, stage a winnable war.

In the other portion of the story, a young Hollywood actress, Maggie Krebs, comes to see Joe Broz. She tells him that she was promised a part but then the director disappeared. She wants Joe to find the director.

The political segment of the story is reminiscent of Capote's "In Cold Blood," the first non-fiction novel. In this story the political portion is laced with true to life people and has many footnotes to add to the realism.

As the two parts merge, we see the relationship between Maggie and Joe develop while others are trying to hinder Joe from finding out what happened to the director.

I enjoyed the lighthearted manner of the novel.

Ferne
In a post 9/11 world, where American innocence crumbled into the dust of the World Trade Center, readers who have finally come to realize what actually transpired that terrible September day may be left shaking in their proverbial boots.

For the answers to more than one lingering question about the events of 9/11, and the Gulf War which preceded it, lay quietly buried between the pages of "American Hero".

Far from being a comedy, albeit prudently couched as political satire, the 1994 book "American Hero", is instead the stuff of nightmares.

The subsequent, quickly rushed into production comedy, "Wag The Dog", released in 1997, appears to have represented an urgent attempt to quickly marginalize the "right between the eyes" impact of "American Hero", the book.

"American Hero", by the extraordinarily prescient Larry Beinhart, is well written, well researched, and remains highly recommended reading.

Velellan
I find outrageous humor in so much that is nonfiction that this novel with great footnotes helped to remind me how much I like footnotes in the other books, particularly in history, which have to find a way to deal with all the information that no one could possibly agree with. This novel is much longer than I would like, because when I think of a line that I would like to find to make sure that I am remembering it right, I have a terrible time finding it now. Putting in a favorite joke or two here might spoil it for those who haven't had the pleasure of reading this yet. As far as I am concerned, I liked all the jokes.

Poor Larry Beinhart. He works really hard on his novels that no one buys. I haven't read his other works, but if American Hero is any indication, I suspect it's because he proffers an uneasy mix of thoroughly researched and thought-out polemics and run of the mill pulpy fiction. Most of American Hero is the story of a detective (cleverly named after a famous Communist leader) hired to protect a beautiful starlet who may have scraped the surface of a Hollywood-White House coproduction. Against all odds, Commie detective protects babe and has lots of sex. Beinhart intersperses the story with snippets of behind-the -scenes at the Bush administration, as well as footnotes to buttress the feeling that the conspiracy isn't that far-fetched. It's too bad Beinhart chose the shlocky, testosterone-fueled story as a vehicle for this project. His dialogue for George Bush and James Baker is utterly convincing--Beinhart mined a lot of magazine articles to research the demeaner and colloquialisms of our former national leaders. I imagine this is an extremely hard task, but Beinhart did it without making me wince once. As regards the Gulf War, at the core of this novel is a good Nation or Progressive article that Beinhart could have and should have written. This is a work that is deserving of a radical rewrite, where the story and characters are worthy of Beinhart's ideas, which are just instead grafted onto a typical scenario of sexy characters up against powerful forces. The result is a good read--hence my rating of a seven--but it could have been so much better.

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