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

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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 HollywoodB-movie penned by Horatio Alger. In this exclusivepeek behind the ...

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Overview

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 HollywoodB-movie penned by Horatio Alger. In this exclusivepeek behind the curtain, award-winning scoop hunterIan Halperin wades through the myths and rumors todiscover the real Arnold behind the icon, a man definedby unbridled ambition and an unending quest for power.

Based on extensive research, undercover forays, andcandid interviews with many of the Terminator’s closefriends and peers, Halperin brings the myth to life with:

  • a riveting journey through Schwarzenegger’s pastto explore his relationship with his abusive father andhis feelings toward the Nazi party.
  • insights into the shadowy world of bodybuildingand Schwarzenegger’s early steroid use.
  • an investigation of Schwarzenegger’s reputation asa bully and a womanizer, including his alleged affairs and public accusations of sexual harassment—behavior that earned him the nickname “the Groper.”
  • an in-depth look at his long-standing fascination withthe Kennedys and his remarkably seamless assimilation into his wife’s fabled family.
  • a detailed look into Maria’s startling weight loss.
  • an analysis of Schwarzenegger’s political career,revealing him to be a surprisingly effective and talentedgovernor.
  • the behind-the-scenes machinations of the Kennedyfamily to influence Schwarzenegger’s political agenda.

And finally Halperin uncovers the never-before-told details of an incredible and audacious plan for Schwarzenegger to attempt to rewrite the Constitution and run for president of the United States.

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Biographer Ian Halperin is no stranger to strange subjects. In previous books, for example, he has assayed the lives of Michael Jackson and Kurt Cobain. It's possible though that his latest subject might be the most surreal yet. Over the past four decades, Arnold Schwarzenneger has morphed and remorphed himself: from strongman to Mr. Universe bodybuilder to action film star to businessman to governor to potential presidential candidate. The path was not always smooth: Reports of steroid use, Nazi Party sympathies, and blatant womanizing and sexual harassment dogged him at various stage of his career. Halperin's The Governator sets the record straight without even a flinch.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062015402
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/12/2010
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Ian Halperin is the author of ten books, including NewYork Times bestsellers Unmasked: The Final Years ofMichael Jackson and Love & Death: The Murder of KurtCobain. Specializing in undercover investigations, he hasappeared on hundreds of media outlets around the world,including the Today Show, Dateline, The Howard Stern Show, CNN, CBS’s The Early Show, Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition, The New Yorker, the New York Post, Billboard, the BBC, Paris Match, and the LondonDaily Mail. Halperin is also an acclaimed documentaryfilmmaker and a former co-winner of Rolling Stonemagazine’s College Journalism Award. He has given talks about Hollywood and the music industry as a keynote speaker at many colleges and universities. His blog, ianundercover.com, is one of the world’s leading websites about pop culture.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Rough Start 3

2 Developing the Look of Power 16

3 The Marnul Rule 32

4 Fascinated by Gerstl 48

5 Training Like a Spartan 61

6 Muscular Private 76

7 A Deafening Roar 87

8 The Age of Schwarzenegger 109

9 Business Learning Curve 126

10 A Modern-Day Moses 136

11 Dumbbell Queers 161

12 Just Like Ali 175

13 Hercules in New York 197

14 Admiring Hitler 210

15 Meeting Maria 251

16 Hollywood Calls 280

17 Box Office Gold 293

18 Cutting Stallone Down to Size 315

19 Tying the Kennedy Knot 344

20 Hardly a Honeymoon 369

21 An Arnold Classic 396

22 Reagan's Resonance 413

23 A Big Comeuppance 428

24 Austrian Gigolo 451

25 California Political Circus 469

26 "Arnold, the American Dream" 495

27 Chastened by Defeat 513

28 Political Hummer 532

29 Planning the Next Act 568

Afterword 589

A Note on Sources 593

Acknowledgments 596

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