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Michael Blitz is a professor of English and Chair of Thematic Studies at John Jay College, CUNY. Louise Krasniewicz is a Research Associate and digital Media Producer at the School of American Research in Santa Fe. Their work on Arnold Schwarzenegger has been featured in the "Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune," the "Houston Chronicle," and on CNN, NPR, and the BBC. Michael Blitz is a professor of English and Chair of Thematic Studies at John Jay College, CUNY. Louise Krasniewicz is a Research Associate and digital Media Producer at the School of American Research in Santa Fe. Their work on Arnold Schwarzenegger has been featured in the "Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune," the "Houston Chronicle," and on CNN, NPR, and the BBC.

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IF YOU ARE NOT IN THE MOVIE BUSINESS, or don't have a rabid fascination with movie production, then you probably don't know that rumors about which film productions are under way and which roles a star is considering of "attached to" circulate through the film community like currency through a banking system. Read the first page
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
An excellent tool for educators 4 Mar. 2005
By Derek Owens - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I know of no better book for introducing students to a creative, scholarly, and cross-disciplinary approach to cultural studies. I've excerpted chapters and passages for undergraduates and graduate students and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Lively, funny, witty, sharp, deep. An excellent example of how writers can collaborate successfully, and integrate popular culture, politics, philosophy, sociology, technology, and media studies on their own terms. Sophisticated, scholarly, and very unique. Would that all academic analyses were this original, laugh-out-loud funny, and topical.

If you want a taste of what the authors do, check out their website: google "Dreaming Arnold."
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Perplexed by the negative reviews! 12 Nov. 2005
By Pablo Vee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
What gives with these one-star reviews??? Have these people actually read this book? I read it in two sittings, and every page has at least one surprising thing on it. I had no idea how far inside the "mind" of American life "Ahnold" had gotten. The authors show example after example of truly bizarre ways that Schwarzenegger has become THE quintessential example of almost everything in the culture! I thought I knew the basics about the guy, but it turns out he is connected to a lot more than movies and bodybuilding. The ways that people have used his name, his image, just the idea of him, amazing. The authors have done VERY thorough research on this guy, and this book goes in a totally different direction than the recent biography (which I read and would rate maybe 3 stars). There is even a chapter about the authors' dreams and the meaning of the fact that they had hundreds of dreams about Arnold while they were learning about him. Besides the fact that the dreams are weird and interesting, the authors connect the dreams to the ways that Arnold has been creeping into our lives. Bottom line: read this book! If you find it boring, it's time to worry about how narrow your imagination has gotten!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Not informative 2 July 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
While these authors have examined themes related to Schwarzenegger, potential readers should be aware that this book touches on themes, but is not a detailed or scholarly work. For example, one chapter consists of the authors' dreams about Schwarzenegger over the years.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
So much fun! 3 Mar. 2006
By Madelaine P - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is not an intellectual review. I just want to say how much fun this book is to read! Maybe some of the other readers were hoping for a stuffier biography, but I found this book a real pleasure. So many quirky facts and weird cultural things related to Arnold. I had no idea! Probably one of the best airplane-reads I've had in years!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Fun to read, like an Arnold garage sale! 20 Mar. 2006
By Pat Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book! If readers cannot find a mountain of absolutely fascinating material in this book, they must be looking for a very particular experience and won't open their minds at all. It's unbelievable how many ways Schwarzenegger has crept into our minds and vocabulary. The headlines following his election to governor are wild and sometimes scary! The chapter on the dreams the authors have had about Schwarzenegger are too too funny and weird. I felt like a voyeur, and I candidly admit that I enjoyed that sensation! The little bits on the movies actually made me want to go and see a few more than I've seen of Arnold's movies. AFter I read the one-star review on this website, I was amazed that someone could be so shallow! This book makes for great bedtime reading, bathroom reading (my husband has it in there these days!), bus reading, or any place. But if you want a plain old biography, then DON'T buy this book. It's not plain and it's too clever for you, then!
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