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Who is the real Arnold Schwarzenegger?
Investigative journalist and number-one New York Times best-selling author Ian Halperin reveals the true and untold story about this larger-than-life and often outrageous figure
From his childhood in Austria to his rise as a star of American conservative politics, the story of Arnold Schwarzenegger's life reads like the script of a Hollywood B-movie penned by Horatio Alger. In this exclusive peek behind the curtain, award-winning scoop hunter Ian Halperin wades through the myths and rumors to discover the real Arnold behind the icon, a man defined by unbridled ambition and an unending quest for power.
Based on extensive research, undercover forays, and candid interviews with many of the Terminator's close friends and peers, Halperin brings the myth to life with:

A riveting journey through Schwarzenegger's past to explore his relationship with his abusive father and his feelings toward the Nazi party
Insights into the shadowy world of bodybuilding and Schwarzenegger's early steroid use
An investigation of Schwarzenegger's reputation as a bully and a womanizer, including his alleged affairs and public accusations of sexual harassment - behavior that earned him the nickname "the Groper".
An in-depth look at his long-standing fascination with the Kennedys and his remarkably seamless assimilation into his wife's fabled family
A detailed look into Maria's startling weight loss
An analysis of Schwarzenegger's political career, revealing him to be a surprisingly effective and talented governor
The behind-the-scenes machinations of the Kennedyf amily to influence Schwarzenegger's political agenda

And finally, Halperin uncovers the never-before-told details of an incredible and audacious plan for Schwarzenegger to attempt to rewrite the Constitution and run for president of the United States.
©2010 Ian Halperin (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers
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By Chris on 09-23-11

A very interesting, well written and read story.

I really enjoyed this book. It seemed like a fair account. Even though there is quite a bit of negative controversy throughout Mr Schwarzeneggars life there is still a place for great admiration. He truly understands the secrets of success which he has applied throughout his whole life.

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By Scott on 01-09-11


A fairly balanced take on Schwarzenegger, from his childhood, bodybuilding days, to Hollywood and the Governor's mansion. Doesn't shy away from the controversies while at the same time is a bit sensationalist at times though that is probably warranted given the subject. The author's inherent fondness for his subject shines through.

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By Lance Johnson on 05-18-16

Great story

Would you listen to Governator again? Why?

Great listen, covering many aspects of Arnold life not covered by his autobiography.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Kurt Marnul

What about Greg Itzin’s performance did you like?

Enjoyable - I found his imitation of Arnold voice a little laughable, and sometimes the way he said something Arnold did - took away from the seriousness or true message of what Arnold was saying. E.g. when Arnold starts talking about first lifting weights - that moment was his "struck by lightning" moment, the liight that would drive him even until today. If u listen to Itzin, it sort of makes a mockery of this serious point. That wouldn't be a problem, but people who would want to understand and what motivates need to understand that we all get these moments, and if we press on it with inspirations even when hard, we can achieve much as Arnold did.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Great surprise on many aspects of the book, since Arnold did not cover in his autobiography.

Any additional comments?

The most important thing I learnt was to read "Wendy Leigh" Arnold Schwarzenegger biography. After completing this, I read that (available on Amazon Kindle - cheap), that book turned out to be the best bio ever.

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