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Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story Paperback – November 5, 2013
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THE GREATEST IMMIGRANT SUCCESS STORY OF OUR TIME His story is unique and uniquely entertaining and he tells it brilliantly in these pages He was born in a year of famine in a small Austrian town the son of an austere police chief He dreamed of moving to America to become a bodybuilding champion and a movie star By the age of twenty-one he was living in Los Angeles and had been crowned Mr Universe Within five years he had learned English and become the greatest bodybuilder in the world Within ten years he had earned his college degree and was a millionaire from his business enterprises in real estate landscaping and bodybuilding He was also the winner of a Golden Globe Award for his debut as a dramatic actor in Stay Hungry Within twenty years he was the worlds biggest movie star the husband of Maria Shriver and an emerging Republican leader who was part of the Kennedy family Thirty-six years after coming to America the man once known by fellow bodybuilders as the Austrian Oak was elected governor of California the seventh largest economy in the world He led the state through a budget crisis natural disasters and political turmoil working across party lines for a better environment election reforms and bipartisan solutions With Maria Shriver he raised four fantastic children In the wake of a scandal he brought upon himself he tried to keep his family together Until now he has never told the full story of his life in his own voice Here is Arnold with total recall
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He married a Kennedy, became a Hollywood star and a politician and has a lot of stories about what its like to go from nothing and to slowly climb up the latter in life in more areas than one. He also is a pretty good thinker about things,,, meaning he often has ways to think outside the box in life and encourage himself in life and dream big and find ways to push himself through the hard times and become successful in every area of life. He also give us insight into things that not many other people know about or have experience with > such as making it in Hollywood and what its like to be involved in extremely competitive arenas in life. I really really liked this book. Its very inspiriting and a FUN read too.
meaning the stories of how he overcomes and progresses in life are interesting and inspiring. In fact, I dont know of many people who have come from such a hard beginning and to have made it through so many difficulties and came out so sucessful in so many areas of life.
Being Mr Universe, a fitness guru, a Hollywood celebrity loved by so many people, a household name, a politician, and involved in so many other things.... this guy has lived a fascinating life > and he tells the story of his life in a way that is very entertaining and educational and inspiriting. great book
Having followed Arnold's career for 30 years and now having read the book, it's clear that he beat those supposedly insurmountable odds because of four things:
1) An optimistic refusal to believe it couldn't be done
2) Systematic step-by-step planning
3) Hard work
4) The support of friends
Arnold takes us through his entire life (so far), from the lessons he learned as a child in Graz, Austria to his return to Hollywood, after his terms as Governor. Arnold is candid, throughout the book. He takes pride in his successes and mistakes. Arnold sees each mistake as a lesson that is needed for later success.
The bodybuilding career is well detailed, although I'm not sure the readers will come away with an appreciation for how much work it was, because Arnold looks back on it with a nostalgia that makes it seem joyful. I found it very interesting how valuable the mindset he developed as a bodybuilder was to all his later accomplishments. As a bodybuilder Arnold knew that to perfect a pose or to build a muscle it took thousands of repetitions of an exercise. Nothing is accomplished instantaneously or without effort. Therefore when he became an actor, he thought nothing of practicing dialog or stunt work for hours upon hours. Although, thirty-five years of seeing hard work turn into achievement turned into a stumbling block when he entered the world of politics, where things aren't as orderly.
I was a little disappointed that the chapters on his movie career were not as all encompassing as I'd hoped. It appeared to me that each progressive movie was discussed less than the ones before it. Some movies are never mentioned. I understand why - the book has a theme and narrative and talking about some of the movies would not have added anything new to that theme or narrative. Of most surprise was there being no mention of Christmas in Connecticut - a TV movie that he directed. I would have been interested in what he learned being on the other side of the camera.
The chapter that unfortunately has been of most interest to the press is that chapter dealing with the infidelity that resulted in a child with a household employee. It's important for the sake of balance that that chapter is in the book - not only for the necessary candor but because it too was a learning experience.
Arnold's story is a very motivational story. He didn't start with any advantage over the rest of us, he's human and makes mistakes like the rest of us, and yet has accomplished so much. I think you will enjoy reading it and will learn from it.
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What an inspirational story. The mindset that it's helped me develop has carried over to improving all aspects of my life from my powerlifting to...Read more