The Governator LP: 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 - 608 pages

Who is the real Arnold Schwarzenegger?

Investigative journalist and number one New York Times bestselling 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 Kennedy family 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.

 

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Contents

Box Office Gold
293
Cutting Stallone Down to Size
315
Tying the Kennedy Knot
344
Hardly a Honeymoon
369
An Arnold Classic
396
Reagans Resonance
413
A Big Comeuppance
428
Austrian Gigolo
451

The Age of Schwarzenegger
109
Business Learning Curve
126
A ModernDay Moses
136
Dumbbell Queers
161
Just Like Ali
175
Hercules in New York
197
Admiring Hitler
210
Meeting Maria
251
Hollywood Calls
280
California Political Circus
469
Arnold the American Dream
495
Chastened by Defeat
513
Political Hummer
532
Planning the Next Act
568
Afterword
589
A Note on Sources
593
Acknowledgments
596
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About the author (2010)

Ian Halperin is the author of ten books, including New York Times bestsellers Unmasked: The Final Years of Michael Jackson and Love & Death: The Murder of Kurt Cobain. Specializing in undercover investigations, he has appeared 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 London Daily Mail. Halperin is also an acclaimed documentary filmmaker and a former co-winner of Rolling Stone magazine’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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