“To Read, or Not to Read…”


“NOT to read.”**

When I first heard that Arnold Schwarzenegger had written an autobiography I thought, “That might be… interesting.” After all, I was always a big fan of The Terminator movies and several of his others. He was even a bit of a hero to my weight training friends and me back in the 80’s. Then I saw him interviewed recently on CBS’s “60 Minutes.”

Of course, this book is of interest to the general public because of the ‘scandal’ of his divorce from Maria Shriver and the revelation that he had fathered a child with their live-in housekeeper. I guess a book like this should sell itself, but still I wondered though why he wrote it. Surely not for the money, he must have more than enough. Could it be ’damage control’ recommended by his publicity people? Could it be his ego – his just wanting to tell “his side” of the story? I don’t know. I know that, after watching him wither pathetically under the tough questions from 60 minutes, I felt mostly pity for him.

Has anyone out there read this? Should I give it a try anyway? (There aren’t many ratings yet on Goodreads, and the average is pretty low)

**It’s been almost twenty years ago since Arnold’s movie “The Last Action Hero” famously bombed at the box office, I will always remember, though, the hilarious spoof of a movie trailer for “Hamlet” featuring his character. “There’s something rotten in the state of Denmark… And Hamlet’s takin’ out the trash.” It ends with a very abbreviated version of Hamlet’s well-known soliloquoy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCVc5TaPpe8