Total Recall

Total Recall

My Unbelievably True Life Story

Book - 2012
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One of the most anticipated autobiographies of this generation, Arnold Schwarzenegger's Total Recall is the candid story by one of the world's most remarkable actors, businessmen, and world leaders.


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 world's 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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2012
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781451662436
Branch Call Number: 791.43 S41t
Characteristics: x, 646 p., [64] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), ports., facsims. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Petre, Peter


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Dec 02, 2017

Fan or not, this man has an interesting life story worthy for anyone to read. Enjoyed this book so much and learned so much about him. He truly is well rounded. One of my most favorite books of all time to read!

Dec 01, 2017

*FYI* - This is a self-told (and shamelessly biased) story (of nearly 700 pages) about how the ambitious, plotting and scheming son of a confirmed Nazi turned muscleman, turned American actor, turned American politician, turned has-been, and, then, turned American actor once again.

Without question - This is a true-to-life, modern-day, Hollywood, fairytale of total greed, conniving, and power come true. Its flagrant embellishments are aptly delivered as only the blustering, bragging Arnold (aka. "The Austrian Oak") could possibly deliver them.... "Heil".

Apr 06, 2017

Surprised myself by how much I enjoyed this book. Such an interesting life story, and his determination and drive to achieve is amazing. Recommend this read even if you are not an Arnie fan.

Mattcozens May 24, 2016

Amazing story of a boy from a small town with big dreams. Truly inspiring and thought provoking book about family, politics, acting, business and of course body building. Only negative point is that this book is so large, but that is more of a testament to how much this man has achieved to become a household name and international icon. An absolute must read for all Schwarzenegger fans

Oct 02, 2015

"When I die I will have to go before him. And he will ask me 'What is the riddle of steel?' And if I don't know he will cast me out of Valhalla and laugh at me! That's Crom! Strong on his mountain!"

Arnold's story is crazy. Great example of how working hard and believing in yourself can help you achieve great things.

Feb 10, 2015

Is it common for people to underestimate this man as much as I did? When you finish this book, lift it for 3 sets of 10

Apr 20, 2013

i'll be back

Dec 22, 2012

Book is long, but a fast read with no dull parts. Love him or hate him or something in between, just the documented achievements in his life make him one of the most fascinating characters in modern times. Though told from perspective of someone whose focus allowed him to overcome obstacles in his rise to multi-faceted prominence, he also tells of mistakes and hard lessons learned (or maybe not learned).

ChristchurchLib Dec 18, 2012

Biography and Memoir December 2012 newsletter

debwalker Oct 12, 2012

Unbelievable sums it up. Maria, move on!

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