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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Lee Atwater is on his deathbed.
He isn't thinking death. He's thinking king-making. And he's thinking that it wasn't enough to have raised up the king It means entrusting his last - his greatest - reelection scam to Jim Baker, and when he hands it over, he wraps it in a warning: "Don't show it to Georgie, now. Don't even look, now. Wait until you're in trouble. Think of Orpheus. Think of Pandora. Think of Baker opening Atwater's memo the minute he steps out of the hospital room. And think of him reading a plan so mad, so potentially destructive, and so utterly logical in a particularly Atwateresquely cynical kind of way that it just might work Not since Catch has there been a novel so brutal in its satire, so lethal in its aim, and so powerfully compelling and caustic in its effect.
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Review this product Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. I first read this book when it was initially released in the early s 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 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. 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. Except for the basic idea, there is very little of the book in the movie. I liked it. Humorous conspiricy theory. 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. 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. 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. 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. Go to Amazon. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.
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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. Bush 's reelection by having a war professionally produced by Hollywood agent David Hartman. The plan is set in motion after Atwater's death, and Hartman hires movie director John Lincoln Beagle to produce the fake war.
‘Dog’ Wags Ethics
And, legality aside, is it ethical for a film company to disallow a book it optioned from legitimately promoting itself as the basis for the movie? Mamet turned Bush and the Gulf War into a fictional president and fictionalized war in Albania. The president is also now caught dallying with a Girl Scout. A war is whipped up to deflect attention from a wobbly White House. New Line says the movie is no longer the book, so no direct association is allowed. But we also recognize the similarities.
American hero / Larry Beinhart.