Total Recall by Arnold Schwarzenegger with Peter Petre

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21 Critic Reviews

Secrecy, he writes, "is just a part of me." This is not what one wants to learn on Page 593 of an autobiography.
-LA Times

Synopsis

THE GREATEST IMMIGRANT SUCCESS STORY OF OUR TIME
His story is unique, and uniquely entertaining, and he tells it brilliantly in these pages.
He was born in a year of famine, in a small Austrian town, the son of an austere police chief. He dreamed of moving to America to become a bodybuilding champion and a movie star.
By the age of twenty-one, he was living in Los Angeles and had been crowned Mr. Universe.
Within five years, he had learned English and become the greatest bodybuilder in the world.
Within ten years, he had earned his college degree and was a millionaire from his business enterprises in real estate, landscaping, and bodybuilding. He was also the winner of a Golden Globe Award for his debut as a dramatic actor in Stay Hungry.
Within twenty years, he was the world’s biggest movie star, the husband of Maria Shriver, and an emerging Republican leader who was part of the Kennedy family.
Thirty-six years after coming to America, the man once known by fellow bodybuilders as the Austrian Oak was elected governor of California, the seventh largest economy in the world. He led the state through a budget crisis, natural disasters, and political turmoil, working across party lines for a better environment, election reforms, and bipartisan solutions. With Maria Shriver, he raised four fantastic children. In the wake of a scandal he brought upon himself, he tried to keep his family together.
Until now, he has never told the full story of his life, in his own voice.
Here is Arnold, with total recall.
 

About Arnold Schwarzenegger with Peter Petre

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Arnold Schwarzenegger served as governor of California from 2003 to 2011. Before that, he had a long career, starring in such films as the Terminator series; Stay Hungry; Twins; Predator; and Junior. His first book, Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder, was a bestseller when published in 1977 and, along with his Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding, has never been out of print since.
 
Published October 1, 2012 by Simon & Schuster. 657 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Political & Social Sciences, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Total Recall
All: 21 | Positive: 3 | Negative: 18

Kirkus

Below average
on Oct 10 2012

Immigrant muscleman, action-movie star and former California governor pumps himself up...A vapid, hulking doorstopper of a self-tribute.

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NY Times

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Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Sep 30 2012

This book ends with a not-great list of “Arnold’s Rules.” They are basic ...boorish...big on denial...and only borderline helpful.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Peter Conrad on Nov 10 2012

Arnold Schwarzenegger's autobiography – like his Terminator alter ego – lacks wit, charm or self-awareness.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Hadley Freeman on Oct 04 2012

Arnold Schwarzenegger's autobiography: the most unpleasant celebrity memoir ever.

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Blog Critics

Excellent
Reviewed by ManOfLaBook on Oct 11 2012

For a fan of Schwarzenegger like myself, this was a great book, for everyone else or those looking for Latin soap opera style drama, you'll need to look elsewhere.

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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by Vinton Rafe McCabe on Oct 02 2012

Having waded through the book and having had an awareness of the author for some decades now . . . the reader keeps coming back to a single central question: how the hell did this book end up being so deadly dull?

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LA Times

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Reviewed by Mary McNamara on Oct 01 2012

Secrecy, he writes, "is just a part of me." This is not what one wants to learn on Page 593 of an autobiography.

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Booklist Online

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Reviewed by Ilene Cooper on Oct 19 2012

He knows he’s secretive (you think?), but his last chapter, “Arnold’s Rules,” really reveals him: don’t overthink.

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San Francisco Chronicle

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Reviewed by John Diaz on Oct 22 2012

The heft of the book hardly suggests the work of a man reluctant to talk. Talk? Yes. Reveal? Not so much.

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Express

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Reviewed by Sandro Monetti on Nov 04 2012

FOR a book almost as huge as its subject’s ego it is remarkable that there is so little self-examination within Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 650-page love letter to himself.

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The Washington Post

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Reviewed by Vernon Loeb on Sep 30 2012

Schwarzenegger’s tale falls far short of total recall and fails to achieve either the depth or the emotional impact that would make us care more deeply about this fascinating public figure.

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Macleans

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Reviewed by Joanne Latimer on Nov 16 2012

So, where’s the charm? This reader didn’t detect any on the page. Neither is the book funny.

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Chron.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Bob Ruggiero on Oct 12 2012

“Total Recall” is a wholly interesting account of a full and varied life of ambition, drive and goals.

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The Hindu

Excellent
Reviewed by S. Aishwarya on Nov 20 2012

...clearly, the penniless-immigrant-turned-billionaire-politician, in combination with Peter Petre, is a smashing story teller.

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Vox Magazine

Below average
Reviewed by ABBEY DEAN on Oct 25 2012

All in all, Total Recall, as advertised, is a truly unbelievable life story, just not one most people will care to read.

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The Sunday Times

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Reviewed by Camilla Long on Oct 14 2012

His autobiography is typically cloddish — 600 pages of thundering Teutonic self-glorification, complete with Donald Trump bullet points about being a “role model” and having “big balls”.

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Taipei Times

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Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Oct 09 2012

This book ends with a not-great list of “Arnold’s Rules.”

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The Atlantic Wire

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Reviewed by David Wagner on Oct 01 2012

If celebrities aren't going to treat those fans faithful enough to read their memoirs to a juicy passage or two, then what's the point?

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Empire

Below average
Reviewed by Nick de Semlyen on Oct 19 2012

If you’re not won over by his alpha-male screen image, you’ll have a tough time getting through passages such as a spreadsheet listing his humongous salaries per film.

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Mid-Day

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Reviewed by Lindsay Pereira on Oct 19 2012

His writing — and one must blame the ghost-writer for this, of course — often comes across as leaden, much like his stilted dialogue in a hundred odd action movies.

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Davis Enterprise

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Reviewed by Tom Elias on Dec 14 2012

So much for total recall. This book...would better be titled “Flawed Memory.”

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