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Arnold and Me: In the Shadow of the Austrian Oak
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What struck me most was that Barbara knew from day 1 that Arnold was wrong for her, but she dove in anyway, and then wondered why life didn't turn out the way she wanted. She wanted to change Arnold into what kind of a man she wanted. That never works, but so many women think they can pull it off.
Later, she wonders where all the good men are. Well here's a newsflash, Barbara: You are not a good woman, how do you expect to get a good man?
She gave up all her morals and then wondered why she wasn't happy.
She also missed out on a wonderful opportunity to learn from a great man. Arnold may be flawed in many ways, but he knew how to be successful. So often during this book I wanted to scream, "HEY, Barbara, can't you see why Arnold is successful and you aren't? Arnold does it right, you don't." Arnold tried to inspire her to greatness, but she just selfishly wanted Arnold all to herself, to the exclusion of even his best friends. That's not love, that's obsession and ownership.
Frankly, I don't know why Arnold even put up with her for so long.
She says that they had good times, but once I finished the book, I wondered why they ever stayed together. It sure seemed to me that the good times were severely few and far between for Barbara.
I would recommend this book to teenage girls, as a don't-let-this-happen-to-you warning.
Well written, it kept my interest, but I am glad I am done with it.
Every woman who has soared and fallen in the throes of young love only to rise again as their own unique person can identify with this book. I hope this reaches Arnold fans and women everywhere.
First, I am sure none of my exes would write such an endearing forward to my memories as Arnold wrote for Barbara. This alone speaks volumes about their relationship and them as individuals. It is truly a wonderful aperitif for the delicious and satisfying meal that follows.
Secondly, I really enjoyed reading about life in wealthy San Marino. I was helped by her book, not only to understand my wife's own high school years there, but also the ensuing years until we met. The road that brought her to my door was similar to the one that brought Barbara to John's.
Oh, perhaps I have a third observation. I am positive none of my English professors had as interesting a life as Barbara describes in her book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gives a little more insight into the life of Arnold and getting to know a little about Barbara is very interesting too. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Daniel J.
A true inside look at the man and the legend, a must read for the serious Schwarzenegger fan.Published 14 months ago by Jeff Hall
The book is awesome! I want to know as much as possible about Arnold Schwarzenegger, and without this book it would be impossible.Published on December 26, 2013 by Yuriy Yehorov
Barbara Baker has provided an amazing odyssey, not only of a man who came from a humble background to reach wealth and power in the United States, but also of the people whose... Read morePublished on October 1, 2007 by R. Gallaway
A very well written and informative book about the early years of Arnold and his first love after arriving in America in the late 60's. Read morePublished on April 21, 2007 by K. Dimmick
"I really appreciate how you have humanized Arnold in your book Arnold and Me. I've had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with him on two occasions and both were as one might... Read morePublished on March 27, 2007 by Alex Shead
Compelling, informing, intriguing, and motivational, more than a love story or a gossipy tell-all, this book is a must read of anyone who has ever had their lives touched by... Read morePublished on March 24, 2007 by L. Eklund
Arnold and Me is just fantastic. I loved the journey that Barbara took me on. I loved her humor! I loved reading her words. Read morePublished on March 23, 2007 by Tracie Trocki
What a fabulous read. The author has done a terrific job of tying events of the past with current times. Read morePublished on March 19, 2007 by Kathryn Covell