The new Arnold Schwarzenegger biography has come out recently titled “Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story”
I have read many reviews on the book, many reviews from people who know absolutely nothing about the man and his bodybuilding career and many negative as well as positive reviews. I would like to share my point of view with you about the book.
I read Arnold’s first biography “Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder,” which was published when he was wrapping up his competitive bodybuilding career and moving towards acting. I own five copies of the book, which tells you that I think very highly of it. Education of a bodybuilder is a must read book for all Intense Apex Alpha Males. So, since I feel that his first biography is a must-read book, you might expect Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story to be an even better book. After all, Education was written when Arnold was still a young man in his early 30’s. Yet, as I expected, Total Recallended up not being so good. As a matter of fact, it is sort of a disappointing read.
You will notice, if you have read any of Arnold’s books, like the ones I just mentioned, his bodybuilding encyclopedias, the original Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding Arnold encyclopedia, which was published back in 1985, addresses many of the bodybuilding topics in a hardcore manner, Arnold even talks about steroids for what they are and no scare tactics or political crap. In the new revised edition of his bodybuilding Encyclopedia, The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding : The Bible of Bodybuilding, Fully Updated and Revised , you begin to see that he is talking to you like as if you are a stupid little child especially when it comes to the topic of steroids. Arnold placates to all of the beta males and metro sexual hippies and basically lies to you about steroid use. My gripe with Arnold is that he has become main stream. Frank Zane said it best in his biography “Symmetry” Arnold has gone mainstream. People who go mainstream are affected by it. Being around mainstreamers promotes a group consensus with an urge to conform to society norms of others expectations. We become more like the people with whom we are associating with. Since having a built physique in not an issue with these people, more attention is paid to less vigorous activities like tennis or golf. Arnold is not so unique anymore as before.” What made Arnold unique is no longer there. As Arnold got older and farther away from what made him special, you will begin to see and hear Arnold down play everything that made him unique in bodybuilding.
Remember that the Arnold we see now is an Arnold that is highly trained to lie his ass off. You see, acting and politics has him speaking in a politically correct manner and not telling you what you need to know but rather telling you what you want to hear. His main concern is to be liked by the masses and appeal to them.
I feel much of what Arnold had to say were lies. The most obvious example is Arnold’s discussion of his anabolic steroid use. Arnold was known for his anabolic steroid use. He used doses higher than most of the other competitors that competed against him at that time in bodybuilding history.
Those of us who followed Arnold’s career in bodybuilding know that his philosophy is to “Do what ever it takes to win.” We know that he took steroids because that is what it took for him to win. Instead, he said this, “The advantage they (steroids) gave me was about the same as having a good suntan.” That’s bull crap. He also talks about death and steroids use. (Note: no one has ever died from steroid use or even abuse, NO ONE).
Some might say Arnold lied about his drug use in order to protect the young kids and teenagers. “He doesn’t want to give off the wrong idea.” He doesn’t want to encourage the youngsters to use steroids.” But consider his lie about steroids with his other lies. Arnold cheated on his wife (Maria Shriver) repeatedly. He is from the hippie make love not war era so you know he had many women. Keep in mind that he only admitted to two affairs, which he got caught up in; the one with his nanny and the one with Brigitte Nielsen.
We all know that Arnold has an alpha male personality, but how much Alpha does he have left. Instead of telling it like it is he goes on to kiss ass and tries to placate to the reader so that he can be viewed in a different light and hopefully be liked.
The lies Arnold tells only show us that he has a weak self-esteem and a need to be liked by the masses. He goes on to placate to the feminists by wanting to advance the interests of women. (What??? What Man wants to do that? What do men have in common with women’s issues? NOTHING!!! Another politically correct crap comment.)
He kisses Maria Shriver’s ass, which tells us that he is trying to get back together with his wife. He lies about steroids. Arnold also lies about being ruthless. If you ask anyone who has competed against him you will notice that he thought nothing about screwing his fellow competitors. He did it to Mike Mentzer, Frank Zane, Franco Columbo and many others. He is also a ruthless business man.
Arnold does all he can to try to show us something he is not, just like a typical politician. Remember that Politicians and actors are pretenders both of which Arnold is. They have a desperate need to be liked by the masses (who by the way are asses) and they lie to the masses.
Arnold is no longer what I consider to be a real man; he goes were ever the wind blows. During his governorship he did not practice Milton Friedman conservative economics, which influenced him during his private life and in businesses. Nope, he decided to go the typical destructive liberal route and raise taxes. He also takes up stupid causes like the environment and other stupid crap issues like that. The first half of the book was interesting and offered a lot of important lessons that we can learn from but the book goes on to be a mish mush of wishy washy liberal crap towards the end. His wife really had an influence on him.
With all of this being said, I still like Arnold. I admire his drive to succeed. But, if you really want to learn from him, look into studying Arnold when he was going full force in his bodybuilding career and his first move into the movies, which include the two Conan movies and the terminator movies. Everything after that I really do not care about. I also like all of the golden era black and white training pictures of Arnold during his workouts. Very inspirational.
A Must Read Book: Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder
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