By Fiaz Rafiq
(HNL, Hardcover, 9780956258656, 352pp.)
Publication Date: December 2011
Categories: Bodybuilding & Weight Training
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Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of the most famous celebrities of modern times, the greatest bodybuilder in history, an icon of machismo, one of the biggest Hollywood stars and former politician who built one of the greatest success stories of all time. This book paints a rather palatable picture of a modern-day icon who is adulated by millions around the globe, rather than embellishing and avoids the diatribe which often surrounds biographies.
As a young boy living a rural village in Austria, he cultivated an infinite ambition and restless energy which left him perpetually hungry for new challenges. At the age of twenty-one, he embarked on an ambitious pursuit and came looking for providence in the land of opportunity and rose to stardom from middle-class obscurity. After unprecedented success in the bodybuilding arena, which brought him seven Mr. Olympia titles, he parlayed unprecedented success as a bodybuilder into a new career in Hollywood.
Famed for playing the Terminator, a role which jet-propelled his career, Schwarzenegger became the king of the multiplex and the highest paid actor in the world. Not content on his newfound fame, he married into American royalty when he married Maria Shriver, the niece of President J.F. Kennedy, which catapulted him into America's elite. A staunch Republican and admirer of the late President Reagan, in 2003 he was elected as Governor of California in a recall election.
This is the first time a biography on Arnold Schwarzenegger based on exclusive interviews presented in a colloquial manner. With first-hand accounts from personal close friends, former bodybuilding colleagues and training partners, the Hollywood fraternity - co-stars, directors, executive producers and Tinseltown journalists - and political personalities and journalists, this book culminates on the meteoric rise and life of a global Hollywood star who has had a complex career. Schwarzenegger's resolute optimism, drive, ambition, business savvy and insatiable desire to achieve and venture beyond one's capacity is admirable and inspirational.
Arnold Schwarzenegger cultivated a unique worldwide persona that brought him countless riches and everlasting fame. He is the personification of the American Dream.