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. Add to the mix a left-coast gumshoe named Broz who is trapped among cover-ups, undercover work, and his own morality, a cast of bicoastal desperate characters, and the stage is set for a powerful D.C./L.A. production. From Edgar award winning author Larry Beinhart, Wag the Dog was the most brilliant political satire of the last decade. It was made into a classic film by Barry Levinson, and, fortunately, is now back in print.
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As in the novel that the movie of the same name is based on. The movie and the book are two different animals, which is nice, since the movie is quite good and the novel has the benefit of using real people ¿ unlike the film, it¿s not a fictional Clinton-esque president, but George Bush Senior, James Baker III and Lee Atwater at the heart of the plot to create a fake war to boost Bush¿s ratings. There¿s also plenty of Hollywood satire via the movie director¿s private life and the detective hired to find out what the director¿s big secret project is who also ends up dating an actress. It¿s a bit convoluted, and some of it¿s tedious, but overall interesting, and of course all too relevant today when war is still served up as entertainment in America (though of course the ratings have dropped for the current series).