Fantastic: The Life of Arnold Schwarzenegger

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St. Martin's Press, May 30, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 432 pages
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The life of Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of the most remarkable success stories in the U.S. Here is a young man from an Austrian village who became the greatest bodybuilder in history, a behemoth who even today in retirement is the dominating figure in the sport. Here is an immigrant with a heavy accent and a four syllable last name, who marries a Kennedy princess and becomes the number one movie star in the world, an icon known and celebrated everywhere. Here is a political novice with no administrative experience who becomes governor of California in one of the most unusual and controversial elections in American history, and confounds his critics by proving an effective, popular leader.

In Fantastic, Leamer shows how and why this man of willful ambition and limitless drive achieved his unprecedented accomplishments. As the author of a celebrated trilogy on the Kennedy family, Leamer has access to a unique array of sources. Leamer traveled with candidate Schwarzenegger during the gubernatorial campaign. He has interviewed Governor Schwarzenegger and his wife Maria Shriver, and their closest friends and associates, most of whom had never talked to an author before. The result is a startlingly intimate book, the pages studded with news making revelations. This book of passionate intensity captures a Schwarzenegger unlike any other public figure of our time, a unique political/cultural figure, his time in Sacramento only a way station on a journey where no one has traveled before. The book captures the personal Schwarzenegger, too, and the story of his single days, marriage, and family life. No one who reads this book will ever see Schwarzenegger in the same way again.

 

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This biography of California's "Governator" is Leamer's 12th (three have been about the Kennedy family). The author's access to Schwarzenegger and his wife and friends results in a sympathetic ... Read full review

Contents

A Man from Thal
13
Helping Hands
37
The Trickster
54
Joe Weiders Greatest Creation
69
The Wow with the Pow
85
Hercules in New York
103
Games Arnold Played
122
The Promoter
139
Last Action Hero
289
Private Lives
300
True Lies
310
Avenues of Relaxation
322
Pattons Retreat
331
Birth of a Candidate
341
Total Recall
351
Lights Camera Action
364

Part of the Entertaining Show
162
Arnold the Barbarian
181
Paying the Price
190
The Terminator
201
Chasing Sly
209
Red Sonja
215
The Good Life
222
Raw Deals
237
You Are What You Do
254
The Sins of the Father
265
Number One
278
A Fork in the Road
377
Were Not Gonna Take It
386
The California Comeback Express
400
The Golden Dream by the Sea
412
Cigar Nights
430
Girlie Men
447
Not the Last Chapter
455
Notes
471
Bibliography
505
Films
511
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Laurence Leamer is the bestselling author of more than a dozen books, including The Kennedy Women and Madness Under the Royal Palms. He is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine,Harper's, and Playboy, and has written cover stories for Newsweek. He lives in Washington, D.C., and Palm Beach, Florida.

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