The title of the book is really fitting. I assume that everybody knows something about Arnold Schwarzenegger, obviously known for his films. But I think that only some of you know that in his young age he was a very successful bodybuilder, he was Mr. Olympia, Mr. Universe or something like that several times. Eventually, he became a governor of California.
The book gives a lot of insights into his life and it brought out why he was able to accomplish as much as he did. The book tells how a poor Austrian became an entrepreneur, a professional bodybuilder and eventually a film star and a politician.
For me, the most interesting part was about the Hollywood industry. How it worked at his peak and how he dealt with different stakeholders. BTW, now I get why Conan the Barbarian is the only chapter, from the whole franchise, worth to watch. On the other hand, I found the second half of the book a bit less appealing. It tells more about Arnold’s life as an American politician and my reflection on that part is that, predominantly, he tries to justify his actions. There is nothing wrong with that, but, much more, I would enjoy some interesting deep dives into the American political industry.
My last impression, which I would like to address, is that the book offers a really simple language.
Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story
by Arnold Schwarzenegger
Complexity of ideas
Size: 656 pages
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