The Governator: From Muscle Beach to His Quest for the White House, the Improbable Rise of Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Harper Collins, Oct 12, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages

From Muscle Beach to Hollywood superstar to The Governator—Ian Halperin, investigative journalist and # 1 New York Times bestselling author, reveals the untold story about the outsized and often outrageous Arnold Schwarzenegger. The former Austrian bodybuilding icon turned movie action hero turned governor of California is portrayed in all his larger-than-life glory in The Governator, an intimate biography that masterfully chronicles the twists and turns of Schwartzenegger’s amazing true-life Horatio Alger story.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Rough Start
3
Developing the Look of Power
11
The Marnul Rule
20
Fascinated by Gerstl
29
Training Like a Spartan
36
Muscular Private
45
A Deafening Roar
51
Cutting Stallone Down to Size
175
Tying the Kennedy Knot
190
Hardly a Honeymoon
203
An Arnold Classic
217
Reagans Resonance
226
A Big Comeuppance
234
Austrian Gigolo
246
California Political Circus
256

The Age of Schwarzenegger
63
Business Learning Curve
72
A ModernDay Moses
78
Dumbbell Queers
91
Just Like Ali
99
Hercules in New York
111
Admiring Hitler
118
Meeting Maria
140
Hollywood Calls
156
Box Office Gold
163
Arnold the American Dream
270
Chastened by Defeat
280
Political Hummer
290
Planning the Next Act
309
Afterword
320
A Note on Sources
323
Acknowledgments
325
Index
326
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About the author (2010)

Ian Halperin is the author of ten books, including NewYork Times bestsellers Unmasked: The Final Years ofMichael Jackson and Love & Death: The Murder of KurtCobain. Specializing in undercover investigations, he hasappeared on hundreds of media outlets around the world,including the Today Show, Dateline, The Howard Stern Show, CNN, CBS’s The Early Show, Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition, The New Yorker, the New York Post, Billboard, the BBC, Paris Match, and the LondonDaily Mail. Halperin is also an acclaimed documentaryfilmmaker and a former co-winner of Rolling Stonemagazine’s College Journalism Award. He has given talks about Hollywood and the music industry as a keynote speaker at many colleges and universities. His blog, ianundercover.com, is one of the world’s leading websites about pop culture.

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