Arnold Schwarzenegger

The Life of a Legend

Fiaz Rafiq

From humble beginnings in a small village in Austria, Arnold Schwarzenegger has come to symbolise the opportunities that exist for anyone willing to work hard. Fiaz Rafiq uses in-depth interviews with Schwarzenegger's peers to tell the life story of the one-time Governator, featuring exclusive interviews.
Date Published :
May 2021
Publisher :
Arena Sport
Contributor(s) :
Alex Ben Block
Illustration :
30 photographs - 8pp plates
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781909715974
Pages : 416
Dimensions : 9.05 X 6.1 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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$24.95

Overview
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Arnold Schwarzenegger – a bodybuilder-turned-real-estate mogul who turned an undefeated streak at the Mr Olympia contest into an astonishing film career and eight years as the governor of California – is, for many people, the embodiment of the American Dream. From humble beginnings in a small village in Austria, Schwarzenegger has come to symbolise the opportunities that exist for anyone willing to work hard – parlaying success and self-confidence into the influence to shape hearts and minds across the globe. Even today, whether he’s campaigning against climate change or fist-bumping fellow strongmen at his self-titled athletic event, he’s one of the few men on the planet who’s recognisable from his first name alone. Arnold.

Fiaz Rafiq uses in-depth interviews with Schwarzenegger’s peers to tell the life story of the one-time Governator, featuring exclusive interviews with his personal and close friends, fellow bodybuilders and training partners, Hollywood co-stars, directors, executive producers, political personalities and journalists – all offering first-hand accounts of the man they know. Together, these voices show new dimensions to the Arnold we all think we know – from the driven young man who brought building into the mainstream to the passionate advocate for political change.

About The Author
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Fiaz Rafiq is a professional sports and entertainment writer for more than half a dozen national newspapers. For fifteen years, he was a chief columnist for a best-selling combat sports magazine, MAI, and also contributed to Men’s Fitness, Muscle & Fitness and Impact: The Global Action Movie Magazine.

Fiaz co-authored My Brother, Muhammad Ali: The Definitive Biography of the Greatest of All Time with Rahaman Ali. He remains close friends with more than one member of Muhammad Ali's family.

REVIEWS
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"A fresh and illuminating look at Arnold, taking in everything from his early days in bodybuilding to his twin careers in film and politics. A fascinating look at a self-made man, as told by the people who knew him best."

- Men's Fitness

"An excellent insight into all facets of the Governator's career."

- Impact: The Global Action Movie Magazine

"Candid and entertaining recollections from some of the figures closest to Schwarzenegger reveal the hunger and desire that drove him to realize the American Dream. Rarely heard-before anecdotes underline the self-confidence that helped shape a bodybuilding and Hollywood icon ahead of his alliance with one of America's great political dynasties. Fascinating reading'"

- Daily Mail

Intriguing new insight into the figure who transcended bodybuilding and movies to become a seminal figure in US politics and society. A must-read for any Arniephile'

- Daily Telegraph

"This book provides an intriguing insight into the life of a truly global superstar. A truly absorbing book."

- Daily Star

"Few can deliver the detailsand perspective that Fiaz Rafiq achieves in hsi exhaustive oral history covering all aspects of Schwarzenegger's epic life and career. This is the hard work of a dogged professional journalist".  

- Alex Ben Block, Former editor The Hollywood Reporter

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