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Total Recall [Kindle Edition]

Arnold Schwarzenegger
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Total Recall is the unbelievably true story of Arnold Schwarzenegger's life. Born in the small city of Thal, Austria, in 1947, he moved to Los Angeles at the age of 21. Within ten years, he was a millionaire business man. After twenty years, he was the world's biggest movie star. In 2003, he was Governor of California and a household name around the world.

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Indispensable for fans - Sunday Times

Fascinating behind-the-scenes trivia - Sunday Express

A classic reworking of the American dream: dream hard, work hard, aim high, let no one stand in your way - Daily Express

This autobiography shows Arnie to be a man of greater substance - Daily Business Post

Schwarzenegger is extremely engaging company and a highly entertaining story teller --Empire

Fascinating behind-the-scenes trivia --Sunday Express

Schwarzenegger is extremely engaging company and a highly entertaining story teller --Empire

About the Author

Arnold Schwarzenegger, born in Thal, Austria in 1947, was Governer of California from 2003-2011. Before that, he had a long career starring in such films as the Terminator series, Stay Hungry, for which he won a Golden Globe,Twins, Predator, and Junior. His first book Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder was a bestseller when publisher in 1977 and has never been out of print since. The New Modern Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding has sold more than half a million copies in the past decade. Total Recall is his first public reflection on his term as Governor during what was perhaps California's most tumultous decade.

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97 of 101 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Hardcover
I am very much a child of the eighties and grew up watching the films of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone, although due to my age and the ratings on most of their films I only saw the 'comedies' they made at the cinema.

I relied on my VHS copies of films such as Running Man, Predator, Commando and Totall Recall on an almost daily basis and literally wore them out.

Even though Arnold Schwarzenegger is still undoubtedly one of the more famous celebrities in the world, he has some how managed to keep a great deal of his private life out of the public forum, and so it came as quite a surprise to a great many people when stories of the big mans numerous extramarital affairs and began breaking in the news over the last year or so.

Now with the release of this book it leaves me thinking of the chicken and the egg.

Which came first here?

The scandals in the press, so Arnie decides to cut his losses and release a autobiography on the back of it?

Or a decision to 'release' these stories to drum up publicity for this new book?

To be honest having read this book, and therefore having a better understanding of what a determined, intelligent, driven and calculated man Arnold Schwarzenegger is, I am inclined to believe the latter.

Its a big book, just under 700 pages spread across 30 chapters, and there are lots of really good photographs, some instantly recognisable but some I assume must be from his private collection because I have never seen them reproduced previously.

The book starts right at the beginning and tells of his youth in Austria, these bits are really well written and from an early age you get a real sense of how he was forming a plan for the rest of his life.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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I was weaned on the giants of the `80s action movies: Stallone, Seagal, Van Damme, Lundgren and of course, Schwarzenegger. I can in fact remember the first time I saw an Arnie film, when my babysitter decided to put on The Terminator and at a pre-school age, I was confronted with the sight of this behemoth of a man, carving a path of carnage through LA. From then on in, I was a fan.
When Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story the autobiography of Arnold Schwarzenegger landed on my doormat, I felt like a kid at Christmas!

The life story of Arnold Schwarzenegger is truly remarkable. In his own words, "...what are the odds... for an Austrian farm boy to come to America and become the greatest bodybuilding champion of all time, to get in the movie business, marry a Kennedy, and then get elected governor of the biggest state of the United States..."
From that brief quotation, the reader can see there is certainly plenty of material for him to cover and this is demonstrated by the fact that you're halfway through the book before any real discussion of The Terminator: a movie that was made almost 30 years ago.

At times, I was laughing uncontrollably at some of the stories in this book and most of the time, I couldn't help but read it and hear his voice in your head! Although much of what is narrated in the book is already well-known, getting Schwarzenegger's version of events is compelling, hearing about his childhood in Austria, his will to succeed in bodybuilding, how Conan the Barbarian brought him international stardom, how he was determined to succeed as Chairman of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports; and many other tales that leave you wondering how one man at the age of 65 years old could fit so much into one lifetime.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great man, and entertaining read 25 Feb. 2013
Format:Hardcover
The vast majority who pick up this book will be Arnie fans, and they shouldn't be disappointed. Yes, there aren't as many revelatory moments as they may have hoped, but having the opportunity to read about his hugely inspirational life is a privilege nonetheless.

Due to his 80's action hero persona, funny accent, quick to laugh nature, and penchant for cheesy lines, there will be those who doubt his actual talent. He isn't the best actor ever. He isn't the funniest man ever. BUT there are some very genuine life lessons that people can take from book.

i) Reps - he talks about this constantly. He was also pragmatic with his hard work, knowing what areas needed attention depending on his career, and he threw himself into the job. He would also surround himself by the 'pro's' when trying to learn their craft. This was evident from him starting out his gym work, his movie career, then his foray into comedy and most recently politics. He worked hard AND smart.

ii) He did everything with a smile on his face - a key passage that stuck out for me was one of his friends saying how surprised he was to see Arnie and his gym buddies all smiling and having fun whilst at the gym, having presumed they would be quite moody. But Arnie answered why? They were putting in the hard work to get where they wanted to go, so be happy, not stressed. That's such an important point for people everywhere, especially in this day of huge ambition and competitiveness, and I have certainly been guilty of it in the past - focussing too much on the outcome whether it be your studies and wanting to get top marks, or training to get yourself fitter, or searching for the job of your dreams... As long as you're doing all you can, then try to relax and enjoy the ride. A very important lesson.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff
A good read. I wasn't really sure what I was expecting, but was pleasantly surprised. The man has always intrigued me, it's fascinating to get a hint of his drive and... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Chris M
5.0 out of 5 stars Total Recall very motivational.
Brilliant story. Unbelievably motivating, I wish I could have read this when I was young. It really proves what you can achieve with the right mindset.
Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 10 days ago by John L.
4.0 out of 5 stars nice
of course it could be juicier but I like the scraps I am given, its a great read, honest, insightful and packs a real punch, there is a great constant message here, no doesn't mean... Read more
Published 11 days ago by sean paul mccann
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Great
A great read of a great man's life!
Really interesting to find out more about such an iconic figure.
Motivational and insightful, this book is a phenomenal read!
Published 25 days ago by James Bright
4.0 out of 5 stars It's an amazing ride...
First of all, let me warn you: this is a HUGE book. A lot of pages.

But the guy really has a history to tell. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Botnik Roller
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome book
Published 1 month ago by khljljljfvjlgf
5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch Arnie !
Always admired Arnie so was really looking forward to this read.
Powered through this in a few days, I really could not put it down.
It's spilt in to 3 parts really. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark A. Botham
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Well it's Wednesday morning I started this book on Friday and haven't been able to put in down ! A great read from beginning to end - sheds more light on a movie hero of mine from... Read more
Published 1 month ago by A J Peck
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Changing, Inspirational And Entertaining!
Although thought of Arnold as an inspiration, the guy has hunger to succeed and he start from nothing, and simply followed his ambition to become one of the most recognised and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Demitri
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