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

3.22 of 5 stars 3.22  ·  rating details  ·  37 ratings  ·  5 reviews
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 ofAmerican conservative politics, the story of ArnoldSchwarzenegger’s life reads like the script of a Hollywo
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by William Morrow (first published October 1st 2010)
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I dont really like the writer of this book as he seems more bent on trying to expose the bad side of arnold. That being said, i gave the book 5 stars solely on the fact that it is about arnold schwartzenegger! He is an amazing man and his story (no matter how it is told) is just as amazing. If you look underneath all of the macho stuff and all that you will see that he is an extremely driven person, he wants something, he makes a goal to get it, then he puts 110% into it until he gets it! Whatev ...more
Halperin bills himself as an "undercover journalist", which is an oxymoron since journalists are supposed to report facts and "undercover" requires the subject to lie about the motives for his questioning.

In any event, this is a slanted piece of writing more suitable to the tabloids from whence sprung the author. Read at your own risk
Very interesting book! The author's a little hung up on himself and the content is pretty much all hearsay but it sure does paint an interesting picture for what its worth. I find it very odd to read a biography of someone who's still alive that's not an autobiography or memoir.
Phillip Topping
Interesting take on the background of Arnie and how driven he is and determined to not be 2nd best in no matter what he does.
Not a book I will trust as a reference.
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Ian Halperin is a Canadian investigative journalist and writer whose 2009 book, Unmasked: The Final Years of Michael Jackson, which was a number one best seller on the New York Times list on July 24, 2009. He is the author or coauthor of nine books, including Celine Dion: Behind the Fairytale, Fire and Rain: The James Taylor Story and Hollywood Undercover. He coauthored Who Killed Kurt Cobain? and ...more
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