Total Recall: My Unbelievable True Life Story by Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Total Recall bookTotal Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story, the autobiography of Arnold Schwarzenegger, written with Peter Petre is indeed an engaging and fascinating look at the life story of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Denying all odds, Schwarzenegger went from being born in a small Austrian town to becoming one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time, one of the highest paid action film stars of all time, a member of the Kennedy family, even though a Republican, and then the Governor of the state of California, a state that if alone would be included among the word’s twenty major economies. And now, in his 60s, he’s not slowing down. He’s back making action movies and championing for various causes.

The book is over 600 pages long and contains many photographs, and not for a minute of reading did I wish it was shorter. I’ve been a fan of Schwarzenegger since the 70s with the bodybuilding scene, and have enjoyed all of his movies. So I also enjoyed reading about his incredible journey. Of course I knew some of it, because I’ve read the other biographies and numerous articles over the years. However, I enjoyed Schwarzenegger’s take on his own life, especially the parts where he writes about his drive and determination. The “nothing can stop me and I will succeed at all costs” attitude that drove him to the pinnacles of the fields he chose to enter is motivating. I enjoyed reading about his work ethic and how he would use every hour of each twenty-four hour day to achieve his goals.

Some people might not like that he doesn’t spend much time on the “dirt.” Naturally, because it was major news, he addresses the son he had with his housekeeper that led to the separation with his wife, Maria Shriver. Like Arnold has always done with negative things, he addresses it and moves on. He’s never been one to dwell on the negative, and he doesn’t with this issue either. He takes responsibility, apologizes for the pain it caused everyone involved, and moves on. He still hopes that he and Maria will be back together again in the future. Obviously, it is Arnold’s autobiography and he’s going to share what he wants to share and do it his way. Who wouldn’t? I personally liked what he shared, and how he did it. As I said, I found the book engaging, fascinating, and very motivating.

If you want to know more about Arnold Schwarzenegger and are up for a motivating read on his incredible life, a true American success story, read Total Recall.

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