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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. Get A Copy.
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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about American Hero , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of American Hero. Shelves: bpl-list. Before starting this book I scrupulously avoided learning anything about it.
And so, open mind in hand, I began this excellent and well-researched excursion into an alternate reality. Or is it? This is a novel of fact and fiction. There are over citations of articles and interviews that support the story. Some were familiar to me, others were not. Many involve politicians, others US policy and actions, and still othe Before starting this book I scrupulously avoided learning anything about it. In one the author passionately explains that he is not mocking Michael Ovitz who took his former aikido instructor and made him a movie star.
Both work for large, professional companies and both employ a range of talent with high skill levels. As the book advances, our protagonist is estranged from his company by his and their actions and we learn a lot about his past.
The title of the book is perfect. He was just smart enough to learn how to survive in the Vietnam War. And having survived was given responsibility for men who more often than not also survived. It was a war of green, young officers who made tragic mistakes. Fundamentally this is a book about war. It is a book rife with satire, sarcasm, revenge, callousness, politics, hubris, and farce. Beinhart has done an excellent job of making it possible to think both dissenting thoughts simultaneously.
Although I certainly laughed more at those other books, I think this is a superb example of what imagination, research, and writing can be. No matter what your political beliefs, this is an engaging story. Is it true? Could it be true? Four 4 stars for me. Postscript: After writing this review I finally snooped around to see what other not GR readers had to say about this book. While I am intrigued by the thought of this new material, I was not that unhappy with the ending of the novel. I know several people that would be oh-so happy with just that chapter alone.
Mar 04, Bettie rated it liked it Shelves: spring , politics , film-only , swamplandia , satire , amusing. Description: mpassioned 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.
This film mirrors our current times, and as such, as scary-funny as Trevor Noah's penis shaped asteroid. Kellyanne's Bowling-Green Massacre is a direct steal from this playbook. Knopfler - Wag The Dog Description: mpassioned 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.
Knopfler - Wag The Dog Shelves: fiction , politics , social-commentary , social-engineering , war , conspiracy , satire , thriller , media. Beinhart has crafted an engaging, erudite thriller that reveals more than most folks are comfortable knowing about the spectacle of modern American "war.
Consider that the book, while speculating on the origins of the first Gulf War, is frighteningly prescient in regard to the second invasio Beinhart has crafted an engaging, erudite thriller that reveals more than most folks are comfortable knowing about the spectacle of modern American "war. Consider that the book, while speculating on the origins of the first Gulf War, is frighteningly prescient in regard to the second invasion of Iraq, the War on Terror, and the radical narrowing of the American political discourse.
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. American Hero is definitely a provocative page-turner. As usual, some of my favorite insights from the book follow. From the front matter: There are those who feel that fact and fiction are significantly less distinguishable than they used to seem to be.
They might say, as ABC Television did in its introduction to The Heroes of Desert Storm : "Tonight's film is based on true stories and interweaves news footage and dramatizations with actors and actual participants. To achieve realism no distinction is made among these elements. What I'm saying is, this gesture she does, leaning on my arm, slipping off her shoes, carrying them in one hand by their straps, it's got grace, and I don't know what else to call it but femininity--when I watch her do it, I'm seeing a scene from a movie.
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, they're aware of and they set out to capture for the silver screen? Yet the whole of the concept stares us in the face: it is not necessary to win the war on the battlefield as well as is in the media, it is only necessary to win in the media. It is possible to lose on the battlefield, win on television--and win. War is not partially a media event.
It has become completely a media event. To you? To me? To the American people? War is John Wayne. It's Randolph Scott and Victory at Sea. The face of war is not reality. It is television and motion pictures. Even for people who have been to war. Whatever their memories, they have been replaced by what they have seen subsequently on TV.
Even if they were 'disillusioned' by Vietnam, those illusions came from the movies. As Mr. Reagan proved, people much prefer a good, solid story to an elusive and complex truth. Which was also the centerpiece of America's mythology of itself: Mr. Nice Guy gets sucker-punched. Nice Guy gets up off the floor, squares up man to man with Mr. Sneak Attack. Sneak Attack wishes he'd never been born. What America needed--or Bush needed--or Beagle needed--was someone to invade America.
The war canceled all criticism. A new and total wholesomeness pervaded Hollywood's America. It was decided that the true character of the nation was just--nice.
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It speculates that Operation Desert Storm had been scripted and choreographed as a ploy to get George H. Bush reelected to a second term taking cues from Margaret Thatcher 's similar war in the Falkland Islands , while at the same time analyzing exactly why that conflict had been so popular. The book formed the inspiration and basis for the film, Wag the Dog. On his death bed, Lee Atwater devises a plan to secure president George H.
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