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Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story

by A Schwarzenegger

Simon & Schuster | October 1, 2012 | Hardcover

Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story is rated 3.75 out of 5 by 4.
THE GREATEST IMMIGRANT SUCCESS STORY OF OUR TIME

His story is unique, and uniquely entertaining, and he tells it brilliantly in these pages.

He was born in a year of famine, in a small Austrian town, the son of an austere police chief. He dreamed of moving to America to become a bodybuilding champion and a movie star.

By the age of twenty-one, he was living in Los Angeles and had been crowned Mr. Universe.

Within five years, he had learned English and become the greatest bodybuilder in the world.

Within ten years, he had earned his college degree and was a millionaire from his business enterprises in real estate, landscaping, and bodybuilding. He was also the winner of a Golden Globe Award for his debut as a dramatic actor in Stay Hungry.

Within twenty years, he was the world’s biggest movie star, the husband of Maria Shriver, and an emerging Republican leader who was part of the Kennedy family.

Thirty-six years after coming to America, the man once known by fellow bodybuilders as the Austrian Oak was elected governor of California, the seventh largest economy in the world.

He led the state through a budget crisis, natural disasters, and political turmoil, working across party lines for a better environment, election reforms, and bipartisan solutions.

With Maria Shriver, he raised four fantastic children. In the wake of a scandal he brought upon himself, he tried to keep his family together.

Until now, he has never told the full story of his life, in his own voice.

Here is Arnold, with total recall.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 656 pages, 9.12 × 6.12 × 1.9 in

Published: October 1, 2012

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1451662432

ISBN - 13: 9781451662436

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Wonderful Autobiography I’ve been following Arnold’s progress in bodybuilding since the 1970s. I also read his book “Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder” as soon as it came out. So I was already familiar with much of the information in about the first third of this book. After enjoying Arnold’s series of movies over the years, I lost track of him when he went into U.S. politics and became governor of California. This book contains all of stages in Arnold’s life and it certainly filled in the gaps for me. Of particular interest were the behind-the-scenes activities/problems/challenges/etc. faced by actors and movie makers when developing and filming a movie. This gave me a new “insider’s” perspective for when I watch Arnold’s movies again. I found this book to be not only an excellent page-turner, but also a most inspiring work. Arnold’s intrinsic mindset, his bull-headed determination in setting difficult goals and working hard to succeed in achieving them, and his much sought-after ability to turn obstacles into opportunities have been instrumental in constructing the amazing life that he has led. Arnold has always been an icon for me, so it goes without saying that this book should be greatly enjoyed by Arnold fans, like me, everywhere. But I also believe that there is so much here that anyone could appreciate: one can learn a great deal about life in general and that the fulfillment of one’s dreams is attainable – if one is willing to make the necessary sacrifices and do the necessary work.
Date published: 2014-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Amazing Career I thoroughly enjoyed this! I like Arnold, the man, the actor, his humour, his opinions and a lot of his politics. I'm not into sports and thought the bodybuilding would be the least interesting for me but I found the whole thing fascinating. This is a huge book and instead of just sitting down and plowing through I decided to take it a chapter at a time and am so glad I did. The book is 30 chapters long and I ended up spending a month sitting down each night and feeling like I was having a little visit (incl. beer & stogey LOL) with the man himself. You can tell the book was co-written but Arnold's voice is there, one can hear the stilted English, the accent and the voice. I would have enjoyed more time spent on each individual movie but I don't think 1000+ pages would have been marketable. Realistically, the book was proportioned very well. A good chunk of an introduction on his childhood and life in Austria and then a lot of time devoted to body-building which then crosses over with his acting career before he gives up the sport. Arnold is a very intelligent man and that comes through from the beginning. He's also a politically aware person and political opinions pepper the pages right from his landing on American shores and increase as he becomes involved in Republican presidential campaigning and becomes a part of the Kennedy family. His acting and love story with Maria take up the next chunk and finally his career as governor ends the book. I found Arnold to be everything I had supposed him to be: opinionated, fair, full of himself, not into bad-mouthing anyone, deeply in love with Maria, a family man and seriously funny. In a way the book is an ode and apology to Maria; the two are still not divorced nor seem to be in any rush to finalize the proceedings (at the time of this writing). He presents himself fairly, being able to criticize himself throughout his life but he is also a man who is entirely 100% confident in himself. I liked his style, I liked his humour, I liked the book. I'm not keen on his in-betweener politics as governor and found that section the most slow going but with such a varied career: body building, acting and politics, it's unlikely many will be enthralled with every detail of his life. I do think though, that if you personally do not like the man himself, you will not like the book. This is Arnold's story about himself and Arnold is full of self-love and self-confidence. So if you admire or simply like/enjoy the man you'll enjoy the book as I did. However, if not, the tone of the book will likely get your hackles up if you start off annoyed with the man in the first place. A great read and I wish him all the best in the future.
Date published: 2014-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I couldn't disagree with Deb Smith's review more. The only thing she said right was that this is a big novel. I would imagine she knew that before she purchased it. Also, how can you review a biography after 'reading a paragraph here and there on each page' and feel that your words have weight to them? If you want to read about how Arnold Schwarzenegger leveraged body building in post-WWII Austria to come to America and eventually become a leading actor in Hollywood than this is a book for you. He also talks about the money he made through contracting and how he began his wealthy empire by investing the money he made in real estate. He does not attempt to deny his use of steroids or the recent scandal he had with his former nanny. If you have the patience to read it, you will find that Arnold provides valuable insight into becoming a healthy person of both body and mind. I would recommend this biography to anyone interested in a story of an immigrant searching and finding the American Dream.
Date published: 2012-10-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Dont waste your money Its a big novel. After a few pages I found myself reading a paragraph here and there on each page . He is smart, funny and very wealthy, and I know this because he keeps reminding the reader over and over again. Too much information about nothing, too much about how great I am, a very boring book.
Date published: 2012-10-23
Rated out of 5 by from I hope nobody buys this book. Sick.
Date published: 2012-10-05

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Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story

by A Schwarzenegger

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 656 pages, 9.12 × 6.12 × 1.9 in

Published: October 1, 2012

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1451662432

ISBN - 13: 9781451662436

About the Book

One of the most anticipated autobiographies of this generation, Schwarzenegger's "Total Recall" is the candid story by one of the world's most remarkable actors, businessmen, and world leaders. Proud of his accomplishments and honest about his regrets, Schwarzenegger spares nothing in sharing his amazing story.

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CHAPTER 1 Out of Austria I WAS BORN INTO a year of famine. It was 1947, and Austria was occupied by the Allied armies that had defeated Hitler’s Third Reich. In May, two months before I was born, there were hunger riots in Vienna, and in Styria, the southeastern province where we lived, the food shortages were just as bad. Years later, if my mother wanted to remind me about how much she and my father sacrificed to bring me up, she’d tell me how she’d foraged across the countryside, making her way from farm to farm to collect a little butter, some sugar, some grain. She’d be away three days sometimes. Hamstern, they called it, like a hamster gathering nuts; scrounging for food was so common. Thal was the name of our very typical farm village. A few hundred families made up the entire population, their houses and farms clustered in hamlets connected by footpaths and lanes. The unpaved main road ran for a couple of kilometers up and down low alpine hills covered with fields and pine forests. We saw very little of the British forces who were in charge—just an occasional truck with soldiers rolling through. But to the east, Russians occupied the area, and we were very conscious of them. The Cold War had begun, and we all lived in fear that the Russian tanks would roll in, and we’d be swallowed up into the Soviet empire. The priests in church would scare the congregation with horror stories of Russians shooting babies in the arms of their mothers
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THE GREATEST IMMIGRANT SUCCESS STORY OF OUR TIME

His story is unique, and uniquely entertaining, and he tells it brilliantly in these pages.

He was born in a year of famine, in a small Austrian town, the son of an austere police chief. He dreamed of moving to America to become a bodybuilding champion and a movie star.

By the age of twenty-one, he was living in Los Angeles and had been crowned Mr. Universe.

Within five years, he had learned English and become the greatest bodybuilder in the world.

Within ten years, he had earned his college degree and was a millionaire from his business enterprises in real estate, landscaping, and bodybuilding. He was also the winner of a Golden Globe Award for his debut as a dramatic actor in Stay Hungry.

Within twenty years, he was the world’s biggest movie star, the husband of Maria Shriver, and an emerging Republican leader who was part of the Kennedy family.

Thirty-six years after coming to America, the man once known by fellow bodybuilders as the Austrian Oak was elected governor of California, the seventh largest economy in the world.

He led the state through a budget crisis, natural disasters, and political turmoil, working across party lines for a better environment, election reforms, and bipartisan solutions.

With Maria Shriver, he raised four fantastic children. In the wake of a scandal he brought upon himself, he tried to keep his family together.

Until now, he has never told the full story of his life, in his own voice.

Here is Arnold, with total recall.

About the Author

Arnold Schwarzenegger was born in Thal, Austria, in 1947, in a small village bordering the Styrian capital Graz. Schwarzenegger served in the Austrian Army in 1965 to fulfill the one year of service required at the time of all 18-year-old Austrian males. During his army service, he won the Junior Mr. Europe contest. In 1967, Schwarzenegger won the title of Mr. Universe for the first time, becoming the youngest ever Mr. Universe at the age of 20. He would go on to win the title three more times. Schwarzanegger moved to the U.S. in 1968 at the age of 21. Schwarzenegger soon became good friends with professional wrestler "Superstar" Billy Graham. In 1970, at age 23, he captured his first Mr. Olympia title in New York, and would go on to win the title a total of seven times. Schwarzenegger is considered among the most important figures in the history of bodybuilding, and his legacy is commemorated in the Arnold Classic annual bodybuilding competition. For many years, he wrote a monthly column for the bodybuilding magazines Muscle & Fitness and Flex. Shortly after being elected Governor, he was appointed executive editor of both magazines, in a largely symbolic capacity. The magazines agreed to donate $250,000 a year to the Governor's various physical fitness initiatives. The magazine MuscleMag International has a monthly two-page article on him, and refers to him as "The King". Aside from bodybuilding, Schwarzenegger has been a successful actor, businessman, investor, and politic
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