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Product Details

  • Paperback: 398 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow Books; New Ed edition (1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099337010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099337010
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.1 x 4.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #652,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 18, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
There's something about _American Hero_ that pulls at the edges of the reader's mind: you will not turn a page without pausing to think, "Could this really happen? DID this really happen?" I'm a veteran of the Gulf War. I was there. I KNOW what I saw.
And yet...
_American Hero_ is putatively the novel on which the hit film "Wag the Dog" is based. A president intent on reelection, a film producer confronted with the biggest project ever, a war made for the screen. But however much Beinhart's opus depends on the world of film, that paradigm doesn't have enough dimension to capture the essence of _American Hero_ in return. You NEED to read this.
The book is complex, heavily footnoted, and written in such a manner as to prove itself fact or fiction, whichever you prefer to believe. Chances are, you won't KNOW what to believe by time you read the final summation.
Beinhart, whose other work (_You Get What You Pay For_, _Foreign Exchange_ and _No One Rides For Free_, as well as the non-fiction _How to Write a Mystery_) hasn't achieved the popularity it deserves, has delivered a masterpiece.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Hirting pd4 on October 31, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I love a good conspiracy theory and this is one of the best. This was a very interesting novel. The thought had never crossed my mind that the Persian Gulf War was a false war. This opened my mind to the realization that a fake war could be a reality. Although the book begins with the disclaimer,
This is a work of fiction. Many public figures appear in the text. Their speech and actions as depicted here are figments of the author's imagination except where supported by the public record.
, it appeared that the Larry Beinhart knew what he was talking about, that or he has a really great imagination. I really liked the book because it was about the side of politics that no one ever really sees. The dirty, no holds bar, the ends justify the means, kind of stuff. A life of politics takes a lot of strength and courage. The two timelines that Beinhart used made the story flow better and gave a more "common person" side to it. Overall, I felt it was a great book and I'm off to find the movie version.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 1, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read Larry Beinhart's "American Hero" after seeing the Oscars. Wag the Dog looked like such a good and interesting movie, but my mom wouldn't allow me to go (I'm 14). I asked her if I could buy the book and read it, so she agreed, and I read it. It was the best book I have EVER read! I enjoyed the spine-tingling mystery and the suspense which kept me reading way past midnight most nights!! I also thought the way he tied himself into his own book was very clever. I know that the rating for books is up to 5 stars, but I think that "American Hero" deserves more...for creativity (or research)! You figure it out : did Pres. Bush really stage the Gulf War?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bruce P. Barten on April 3, 2000
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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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Gurin on January 6, 2010
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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.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Booksmart Enterprises, Inc. on August 18, 2003
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This book is a slam-bang masterpiece of political cynicism. But unless you're a collector with a need to own first editions, buy the paperback rather than the hardcover: it adds four chapters that help tie up loose ends and it gives the author a chance to poke fun at himself, among others: "I had written three mysteries with a 'series' character. Although they had -- where the hell are you going to find a writer to refrain from saying this -- great critical success, they had not been nearly as popular as I thought they ought to be. I was in search of the formula for greater commercial success.... I resolved to do two things -- get away from the series and become more centrist. Less humorous. Less cynical. Less thoughtful. Less intelligent."
Readers (and reviewers) who complained that the private-eye thread of this book's dual storyline was merely conventional have missed the point: Beinhart isn't rewriting Mickey Spillane, he's updating Machiavelli.
Beinhart's previous books are also worth seeking out.
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