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Total Recall [Kindle Edition]

Arnold Schwarzenegger
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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

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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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91 of 95 people found the following review helpful
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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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book 10 Nov 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a fascinating book from a truly remarkable guy , the only downside to this book is it really makes you feel crappy about how little you're doing with your life! This guy has the best work-ethic Ive ever seen and hes dominated every field hes set his mind too. Also filled with funny anecdotes and insights into the emotional journey hes taken, would highly reccomend!
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20 of 21 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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5 of 5 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars inspirational
I love biographies and this was a very good one. A lot of people under estimate how well Arnold did making it to America and then having the huge movie and policital success. Read more
Published 1 day ago by I love books
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally worth it
well the story of the big man, well worth a read.
Published 20 days ago by dwelfie
3.0 out of 5 stars Great present
Great Xmas present for my Arnold brother fan or the fitness fan.
Published 20 days ago by Starfish
5.0 out of 5 stars I'll be back!
Great bio, interesting and revealing, it does get very political near the end but he was Governer of California!
Published 22 days ago by Mr. M. K. L. Tsang
5.0 out of 5 stars Was Kept Hooked Throughout
Provides a great insight into Arnold's life and I was kept hooked throughout.
Published 1 month ago by Patty 37
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very interesting book, definate read for anyone
Published 1 month ago by Sam Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring!
Inspiring and insightful read!
Published 1 month ago by Miss E Brewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff!
At 34 I grew up watching Arnie films and reading his bodybuilding books but hearing and seeing only bits of his political career. This book ties it all together interestingly. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Interesting book
Published 1 month ago by Mr. Omar Hussain
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love this book, and had fast delivery
Published 1 month ago by Poppy
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