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Arnold Schwarzenegger

Author of Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story

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Arnold Schwarzenegger was born in Thal, Austria, in 1947, in a small village bordering the Styrian capital Graz. Schwarzenegger served in the Austrian Army in 1965 to fulfill the one year of service required at the time of all 18-year-old Austrian males. During his army service, he won the Junior show more Mr. Europe contest. In 1967, Schwarzenegger won the title of Mr. Universe for the first time, becoming the youngest ever Mr. Universe at the age of 20. He would go on to win the title three more times. Schwarzanegger moved to the U.S. in 1968 at the age of 21. In 1970, at age 23, he captured his first Mr. Olympia title in New York, and would go on to win the title a total of seven times. Schwarzenegger is considered among the most important figures in the history of bodybuilding, and his legacy is commemorated in the Arnold Classic annual bodybuilding competition. For many years, he wrote a monthly column for the bodybuilding magazines Muscle & Fitness and Flex. Shortly after being elected Governor, he was appointed executive editor of both magazines, in a largely symbolic capacity. The magazines agreed to donate $250,000 a year to the Governor's various physical fitness initiatives. The magazine MuscleMag International has a monthly two-page article on him, and refers to him as "The King". Aside from bodybuilding, Schwarzenegger has been a successful actor, businessman, investor, and politician. He served as the 38th Governor of California from 2003 until 2011. Among his titles are: "Arnie": Schwarzenegger and the Movies, Governor Arnold: A Photodiary of His First 100 Days in Office, and Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story which made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Arnold Schwarzenegger

Conan: The Complete Quest (Video) (2006) — Actor; Actor — 107 copies
Red Heat [1988 film] (1988) 67 copies
Christmas in Connecticut [1992 TV movie] (2011) — Director — 7 copies
Arnold Schwarzenegger 6-Film Collection [DVD] (2017) — Actor — 7 copies

Associated Works

Terminator 2: Judgment Day [1991 film] (1991) — Actor — 661 copies
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines [2003 film] (2003) — Actor — 522 copies
Total Recall [1990 film] (1990) — Actor — 453 copies
The Terminator [1984 film] (1984) — Actor — 400 copies
Predator [1987 film] (1987) — Actor — 386 copies
True Lies [1994 film] (1994) — Actor — 339 copies
The Expendables 2 [2012 film] (2012) — Actor — 246 copies
Terminator: Genisys [2015 film] (2015) — Actor — 234 copies
Batman & Robin [1997 film] (1997) — Actor — 219 copies
Jingle All the Way [1996 film] (1996) — Actor — 187 copies
The Expendables 3 [2014 film] (2014) — Actor — 177 copies
The Running Man [1987 film] (1987) — Actor — 172 copies
Conan the Barbarian [1982 film] (1982) — Actor — 166 copies
Kindergarten Cop [1990 film] (1990) — Actor — 164 copies
Eraser [1996 film] (1996) — Actor — 158 copies
Last Action Hero [1993 film] (1993) — Actor — 156 copies
The 6th Day [2000 film] (2000) — Actor/Producer — 145 copies
Commando [1985 film] (1985) — Actor; Actor — 143 copies
End of Days [1999 film] (1999) — Actor — 131 copies
Collateral Damage [2002 film] (2002) — Actor — 125 copies
Escape Plan [2013 film] (2013) — Actor — 121 copies
Terminator: Dark Fate [2019 Film] (2019) — Actor — 118 copies
Conan the Destroyer [1984 film] (1984) — Actor — 89 copies
Twins [1988 film] (1988) — Actor — 86 copies
The Last Stand [2012 film] (2012) — Actor — 82 copies
Red Sonja [1985 film] (1985) — Actor — 64 copies
Sabotage [2014 film] (2014) — Actor — 45 copies
Maggie [2015 Film] (2015) — Actor — 43 copies
Junior [1994 film] (1996) — Actor — 40 copies
Pumping Iron [1977 film] (2009) — Self — 24 copies
Killing Gunther [2017 Film] (2017) — Actor — 20 copies
Raw Deal [1986 film] (1986) — Actor — 19 copies
Hercules in New York [1970 film] (1970) — Actor — 16 copies
4 Film Favorites: Extreme Action — Actor — 15 copies
The Villain [1979 film] (1979) 14 copies
Aftermath [2017 film] (2017) — Actor — 13 copies
The Iron Mask [2019 film] (2020) — Actor — 11 copies
Andre the Giant [2018 Documentary] (2018) — Contributor — 7 copies
Brothers of Iron: Building the Weider Empire (2006) — Foreword — 5 copies
The 6th Day/Last Action Hero [2000] [DVD] (2003) — Actor — 3 copies
Stay Hungry [1976 film] (1976) 3 copies
The Terminator Quadrilogy — Actor — 3 copies

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I loved listening to Arnold read his own story, even my husband, who does not enjoy listening to audiobooks, listened to a chunk of this book because Arnold is so awesome. I loved hearing Arnie pepper words of wisdom and relevant anecdotes into the story of his life.
I thought Arnold's choice to not capitalize on the breakdown of his family unit was a classy choice. I love that he thanked Maria for being an amazing mother and for their time together.
 
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Shauna_Morrison | 8 other reviews | Jan 21, 2024 |
Having read Total Recall 10+ years ago, I was interested to see what Arnold had to say with regards to tools for life. In short:

1. Have a clear vision
2. Never think small
3. Work your ass off
4. Sell, sell, sell
5. Shift gears
6. Shut your mouth, open your mind
7. Break your mirrors

Solidly written, his message is straight forward and clear. Do your best, be clear with what you want to achieve, show appreciation and gratitude always, sell yourself and give back to the community. Well done.… (more)
 
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phoenixcomet | 8 other reviews | Nov 21, 2023 |
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Be Useful: Seven Tools for Life by Arnold Schwarzenegger is a self-help by the famous actor, bodybuilder, and businessman. Mr. Schwarzenegger needs no introduction, if you’re thinking about reading this book you already know who he is.

I’ve been a fan of the author since I was a teenager, even before he started making movies. He is the reason I started, and continue to this day, with resistance exercises. I appreciate everything Arnold currently stands for, and that he uses his fame and money to make the world a bit better – something I believe most of us can get behind.

Ever the one to reinvent himself, Mr. Schwarzenegger is now creating a “positive corner of the Internet” using his new app, The Pump. I am a founding member of the app, and it does make a mental difference in my workouts and day to have such positive feedback.
Also, Arnold interacts with the users!

Be Useful by Arnold Schwarzenegger is not a biography like his previous book Total Recall. He gives the readers advice of what he learned during his lifetime, many are common sense and can be implemented with a bit of effort. As he has been doing for a long time, Arnold acknowledges the help he had along the way, at every step of his career.

Along with advice from the greatest American success story of our lifetime, we get biographical tidbits. Whether it’s from his career as a bodybuilder, movie star, or politician Arnold doesn’t hold back a lot. He’s not afraid to tell us of his failures, and what he learned, along with his success.

The book is short, but rich in content and advice. It is motivating and he certainly lets me understand what “be useful” actually means besides a cheesy slogan.
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