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Don't waste your money on this below average biography,
This review is from: Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story (Hardcover)
I'm not going to review Arnold the man (as I'm actually a fan of his), but the book itself. Like others have stated, the writing style, which may have very well been written and edited by a ghost writer, seems to play into a pretentious code of ambiguity that so many celebrities favor. Like some others have noted, Arnold seems to only reveal certain parts of the whole story, the bits and pieces that serve to enhance his image. In a way this is what the reader should expect as they get into the first 100 pages, as Arnold the man is a charming, incredibly ambitious and very smart man. His list of accomplishments are stoic, but as a reader I want to know what the true intentions of these desires are, which the author never really relates too. Yes, we know you married Maria (he only admits to one affair during the marriage even though he has acknowledged in interviews to "not always behaving perfectly" during their relationship when pressed. He does talk about the affair with Bridget Nielsen during the filming of Red Sonja, but these are facts the public already knows about. In fact, had Arnold never been caught cheating with the maid, I guarantee he would have left that out of his book (which he admitted he started writing years ago and delayed it because of the affair). So are you getting an averagely entertaining autobiography from a charismatic man in Hollywood, sports, and politics? Yes. But is this account conveniently dishonest? Absolutely. My feeling is this is damage control.