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Arnold Schwarzenegger
     

Arnold Schwarzenegger

by Jeff C. Young
 
Known as the larger-than-life superstar of movies such as The Terminator and True Lies, Arnold Schwarzenegger was born in a small village in Austria. The son of a strict disciplinarian who put heavy demands on his son, Arnold always knew that he wanted more than an ordinary life in his small hometown. He wanted to be rich and famous, and he wanted to be the best, and

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Known as the larger-than-life superstar of movies such as The Terminator and True Lies, Arnold Schwarzenegger was born in a small village in Austria. The son of a strict disciplinarian who put heavy demands on his son, Arnold always knew that he wanted more than an ordinary life in his small hometown. He wanted to be rich and famous, and he wanted to be the best, and he would stop at nothing to get what he wanted.

After finding his purpose and drive in the punishing sport of competitive body building, Schwarzenegger pursued his every goal with unyielding determination, whether the challenge was achieving the title of Mr. Universe, or becoming one of the world's most popular movie stars.

When he was elected governor of California in 2003 in a special recall election, Arnold Schwarzenegger, a political novice, faced a skeptical press, tough legislators, and the scrutiny of the nation. But Schwarzenegger took on this new challenge as he's taken on all others, and he stands to become an iconic political and cultural figure in American history.

About the Author:
Jeff C. Young, a graduate of Ball State University

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Della A. Yannuzzi
Author Young lets his reader know early on in this biography how motivated and ambitious the Austrian Schwarzenegger was from a young age. Schwarzenegger wanted to escape the small town of Thal, Austria and the harsh, strict ways of his father. He wanted more than a small village life. He wanted to be famous and rich. He decided to take on competitive bodybuilding. From the first time he entered a gym as a teenager, he knew this was what he wanted to do. Schwarzenegger became fixated on becoming the best in his field. He won his first bodybuilding contest at the age of eighteen. A year later, he followed this with a second place finish in the Mr. Universe contest. A year later, he achieved first place as Mr. Universe. Schwarzenegger was on a fast track. He moved to the United States in 1968, and two years later won the first of seven Mr. Olympic titles. He also became an actor, starring in Hercules. He still entered bodybuilding competitions, but he focused on his acting career, making many profitable movies. In 1983, he became a United States citizen. Schwarzenegger was quite successful, but he wanted to marry and raise a family. In 1986, he wed Maria Shriver. His dream of a family came true with the births of his four children. Still, Schwarzenegger looked for new challenges. He entered politics and became the governor of California in 2003. He was reelected in 2006. Color and black-and-white photographs are included, as well as a timeline, chapter notes, bibliography, and a list of relevant web sites. Part of the "Political Profiles" series. Reviewer: Della A. Yannuzzi

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599350509
Publisher:
Morgan Reynolds Pub
Publication date:
08/28/2007
Series:
Political Profiles Series
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.29(h) x 0.47(d)
Lexile:
1060L (what's this?)
Age Range:
11 - 14 Years

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