This book is as excellent as it was disappointing. You need to take it chapter by chapter. The first half of the book is fantastic.
Those who would pull back the curtain Recommended to Jason by: 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. 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. To achieve realism no distinction is made among these elements.
Yet the whole of the concept stares us in the face: 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 the American people? War is John Wayne.
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 Whatever their memories, they have been replaced by what they have seen subsequently on TV. Reagan proved, people much prefer a good, solid story to an elusive and complex truth.
Nice Guy gets sucker-punched. Nice Guy gets up off the floor, squares up man to man with Mr. What America needed--or Bush needed--or Beagle needed--was someone to invade America. The war canceled all criticism. It was decided that the true character of the nation was just--nice. There were no demonstrations, no complaints, in nice America.
The war was just a means to an end. World War II was the war that delivered the proper end. That was the America Bush wanted--where rich people were respected, banks were good guys, nobody criticized, even the darkies turned out to be nice, and women kept their goddamn mouths shut.
Our leaders are men who put honor over expedience.Can you write a short story, if you've never tried? Let me answer that by quoting a fellow writer.
Let me answer that by quoting a fellow writer. Larry Beinhart, an award-winning mystery author and teacher we've already mentioned, says that if you (1) can write a clear sentence, (2) can organize your thoughts, (3) know and love your field, and (4) make the commitment, you can write a publishable story.
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So you want to write a mystery. There's more to it than just a detective, a dead body, and Colonel Mustard in the drawing room with the candlestick. Fortunately, Larry Beinhart--Edgar Award-winning author of You Get What You Pay For, Foreign Exchange, and American Hero--has taken a break from /5.
Larry Beinhart, an award-winning mystery author and teacher we've already mentioned, says that if you (1) can write a clear sentence, (2) can organize your thoughts, (3) know and love your field, and (4) make the commitment, you can write a publishable story.
Drawing on advice and examples from a host of the best names in mystery writing--from Raymond Chandler and Mickey Spillane to Scott Turow and Thomas Harris--plus some of his own prime plots, Larry Beinhart introduces you to your most indispensable partners in crime: *Character, plot, and procedure * The secrets to creating heroes, heroines, and villains ("All writers draw upon themselves and their .