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Arnold: An Unauthorized Biography Hardcover – March, 1990
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This unauthorized biography traces Arnold Schwarzenegger's life from his modest beginnings in Austria to his marriage to Maria Shriver and the recent birth of their daughter, Katherine Eunice. The man behind the public image is profiled in clear, concise language. This book deals with subjects of interest to young adults, such as dealing with an alcoholic father, sibling rivalry, and the use of steroids by athletes. Good recreational reading. --Roberta Lisker, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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If you are a fan, this will open your eyes to a different side of this outstanding person. Highly recommend!!!
Leigh claimed during one talk show interview that when the press was invited to interview Arnold, they were first required to sign a statement that they would not ask him about her book.
She also claims to have 500 hours of recorded interviews from his friends, family, associates, and ex-lovers, and that she did contact Arnold himself to request an interview, but he would only agree if he were given editorial control over what she wrote.
At any rate, Leigh’s portrays Arnold as a man whose superhuman Physique is matched by his Ego, Drive, Ambition, Appetites (ALL Types), Instincts for Self-Promotion, Desire for Total Control over his Public Image, Demand for Absolute Loyalty from Friends, and truly Machiavellian Cunning.
Yet there is also acknowledgement for his genuine positive achievements: I.e.: Almost single-handedly (with help from the Weider brothers) transforming the sport of professional bodybuilding, promoting general health and fitness, and supporting worthy charities, Etc., as well as acknowledgement for circumstances beyond Arnold's control, notably his father’s willing membership into the Nazi party before his birth.
Moving forward, we know today that Arnold was less than faithful to wife Maria Shriver. Yet back when this book was published, they still seemed to have an idyllic marriage.
However, Leigh argues persuasively that Shriver must have already known about Arnold’s womanizing during their nearly decade long courtship-including his brief but intense affair with then 21 year old ' Red Sonja ' co-star Brigette Nielsen-UNLESS she deliberately turned a blind eye to it (Shriver herself declined to be interviewed for the book).
Leigh goes on to describe how Arnold, with great finesse and deliberacy, then arranged for Nielsen to hook up with his then chief box office rival, Sylvester Stallone, which ultimately, and not coincidentally, damaged Stallone’s personal life, and by extension, his career.
Although it should also be noted that years AFTER this episode, Arnold teamed up with Stallone (and Bruce Willis) in the ‘ Planet Hollywood ‘ franchise, and they have also appeared together in the ‘ Expendables ‘ films.
So it appears that judging who Arnold really is depends on which angle you view him from, and Leigh did a good job at presenting all of them.
stand on the subject. I've read all his books
"The education of a bodybuilder" ect. When
I read this book I thought all the facts are
here about Arnold's life ,whats wrong?
This book trys to give an investigative
reporter angle. It gives us the dingy
look at Arnold's life, on such topics as
sexuality, steriod use, and even racism!
Look, I don't know if any of these topics
covered are true or not. After all this
is the unauthorized bio of the Austrian Oak's
life. To sum it up this book tries to
bring to light the dark side of Arnold's
life. If thats your cup of tea ,then read this