Arnold's Bio~ This starts with his life as a boy in Austria with a less than close relationship with his father. His drive to get ahead by body building which takes him by storm as a teenager. While other boys had girl pin ups Arnold has american body builds in his room leading his mother to worry about his sexuality. His "goal" was to become a body builder and win the biggest titles using this to gain wealth and move to the USA and become a movie star. His very intelligent approach to business and his amazing ability to FOCUS. As his body becomes huge he wins several World Titles and he ends up in LA at the Gold Gym he read about in his teens. He sets up a mail order business selling body building phamplets His first efforts in the movies was PUMPING IRON which caught the attention of the Hollywood crowd. He becomes a millionaire and invested in buildings and land. He gets an education taking business courses. He became an American Citizen. At a fund raiser he comes in contact with the lovely Maria Shriver. He evenutally marries. His movie career takes off to make him the highest paid and biggest box office star. Arnold makes his own decisions even after he is married. He decided not to tell Maria he needed open heart surgery. He was planning on running on the republican ticket for Governor of California and told Maria only *days* before his David Letterman annoucement. Arnold is at best brilliant but perhaps is the worlds great salesman. He can sell himself in bodybuilding, acting, and republican governor in a very democratic state. He finally confessed a life changing "secret" the day after was no longer governor. He has a 14 year old son with his housekeeper. He stated he only suspected the boy was his after the boy was 7. Arnold has a trick he uses throughout his book. His ablity to ignore anything that would cause him trouble. He puts in a "compartment" in his mind and trys his best to keep it "under raps". Arnold comes across as a very intelligent and interesting man. His EGO is as big as he is. We see the flaws in this bigger than life man and his secrets that help destroy his marriage. Arnold at best is a survivor. This is an excellent audiobook. It is very well written and the story flows along. The Reader Stephen Lang is very good and Arnold reads parts himself. I give this 5 STARS over all for a better than I ever expected Bio.
PLOT: New Bio of the last years of the Kennedy Family in the White House~ VERY GOOD~
SECRETS of Camelot: the beautiful Kennedy Family ...with two adorable children. This new bio is very well researched. The hidden side of the beautiful Kennedy Family have a few new shadows show up. This shows a new "side to Jackie" from her very protective side to her children to her PUTTING up with the philandering husband the President of the USA Jack. JFK is also is portrayed as an over sexed USER of women. "he learned" at the knees of the Master (Joe Kennedy) his cheating father according to this bio. This is a very good book and audiobook. it moves along very well and captures your attention from the first. The reader has a very nice voice and inflection. I really liked it and found new info on the Kennedys. I have listened to several other Kennedy Bios and liked this better than the rest. the "Dr. Feelgood" INFO is very detailed and how both the Kennedys but especially JFK used amphetamines and steroids and pain killers "to boost their energy" from the demands of the White House. I give this 5 out of 5 for the new look inside the glamorous Kennedy White House that is revealing and interesting. GOOD book.
PLOT: 45 minutes overview of the Kennedy Family.
Second son in a huge catholic family his father Joe Kennedy is portrayed as pushy and unscrupulous. Born with Addison's disease JFK is a fragile man overcomes many health issues. He was a war hero on PT 109 and then moves to politics. Several books including a Pulitzer Prize winner. Jack Kennedy is married to the lovely Jackie....and wins the bid for the White House. The youthful couple bring class 1960s Washington. The death at the hands of an assassin is the end to Camelot. not much new info but a good and fast light weight bio of President Kennedy.
It will depend on what you already know about these seven gentlemen. The book is set up as basically seven mini biographies of seven of Metaxas' heroes. I had read a Chernow's biography on Washington and Metaxas' other book on Bonhoefffer, but knew little about the other figures. The book is intended to spark interest in each man leading you to read either more comprehensive biographies by other authors or read the works by the subjects themselves. Overall I thought it was well done and served the purpose that Metaxas set out to achieve. I would certainly recommend it to anybody who wants the "Readers Digest" version of these men's lives.