Fantastic: The Life of Arnold Schwarzenegger

Version: Abridged
Author: Laurence Leamer
Narrator: Mel Foster
Genres: Sports & Recreation, Biography & Memoir, Politics, Law & Politics, Biography, Arts & Entertainment
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: June 2005
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 8 hours
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The life of Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of the most extraordinary success stories of our time. An immigrant with a heavy accent from a village in Austria, he became the greatest bodybuilder in history, the number one movie star in the world, the Republican husband of a Kennedy princess, and the governor of the greatest of American states.
Fantastic shows how and why this man of willful ambition and limitless drive achieved his unprecedented accomplishments. Leamer has had exclusive, intimate interviews with Governor Schwarzenegger, his closest associates, including his elementary school friends in Austria, his mentors, bodybuilding competitors, lifelong friends, first serious girlfriend, political rivals, agents, publicists and producers, many of whom have never been interviewed before.
Leamer captures the public and private Schwarzenegger, a political/cultural figure unlike any other, who could change the face of politics in our country.
This intimate book is studded with news-making revelations:
- The untold story of Arnold's traumatic relationship with his father
- How Arnold's first mentor, a Jewish partisan in WW II, helped shape the youth
- The intimate story of Arnold's first great love and the five years the couple lived together
- Why Arnold married Maria Shriver and the startling story of their wedding day
- The star who hated Arnold and tried to ruin his career
- How Arnold overcame the sordid sexual revelations and prevailed politically
- How Maria took over management of her husband's campaign
- The game plan that may bring Arnold to the White House

Reviews (4)

Not Fantastic

Written by Anonymous on April 26th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Was not Impressed, if you have any ill feelings toward Arnold before this book, you will definitely hate him after you read it.

Fantastic book!

Written by Tom Watrous on August 13th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

There is a lot of depth to this man that does not begin to appear on the movie screen. I think he was born to greatness and really knew how to polish his gifts along the way. The book really does not sound self-serving. Some of the negative aspects are discussed also. I don't think you will ever view him the same after this book.


Written by Evelyn McAdams on October 20th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

What a revelation. very insightful. Made me change my opinion of the govenor!


Written by Catherine Knowles on January 20th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the phenomenon of Arnold. The book seemed incredibly well researched, although definitely pro-Arnold. The narrator's "Arnold" accent was extraordinary, and added greatly to my enjoyment of the book.

Author Details

Author Details

Leamer, Laurence

Laurence Leamer is the author of thirteen books, including "The Kennedy Women and Fantastic: The Life of Arnold Schwarzenegger", with many bestsellers among them. Leamer was on the staff at "Newsweek", and has written for "The New York Times Magazine", "Harper's", "Playboy", and many other publications. He lives in Palm Beach and Washington, D.C.