Arnold Schwarzenegger will provide a candid and personal insight into his highly publicized divorce from Maria Shriver in his forthcoming memoir Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story to be released October 12.
Schwarzenegger will discuss his multi-faceted career in politics, body-building, and film, his divorce from Maria Shriver and his childhood in Austria.
“Truly, Arnold is one of the most fascinating figures of our time, and one of the greatest success stories in the world. Nobody has a life story even close to his,” said Simon & Schuster publisher Jonathan Karp.
Schwarzenegger has been a fixture of American pop culture since the 1970's. Beginning his body building career under the endearment “Arnie,” he went on to win the most prestigious bodybuilding title of “Mr. Olympia” seven times, including once after retirement.
He then excelled in film with such classic movies as The Terminator and Twins.
In 2003, he won the recall election for Governor of California, and remained in office for seven years.
Schwarzenegger made media headlines this past May when he and wife of 25 years, Maria Shriver, divorced. After being confronted by Shriver, Schwarzenegger admitted to having an affair 14 years earlier with the family’s Guatemalan housekeeper, Mildred Patricia Baena. Baena was pregnant with Schwarzenegger’s son while working in the Schwarzenegger home; Shriver was simultaneously pregnant with his youngest son, Christopher.
He is also suspected to have had an affair with actress Brigitte Nielsen.
Despite the Schwarzenegger divorce being a topic in the book, sources claim that the memoir will not be a dramatic “tell all.”
Former executive editor for Fortune magazine Peter Petre will co-author the book. His past achievements include co-authoring memoirs by Alan Greenspan and General Norman Schwarzkopf.
Schwarzenegger started the memoir in 2010, but sources tell People magazine he did not want to publish an autobiography while holding political office.
He continued to work on it while shooting his next film, “The Expendables 2,” also starring Sylvester Stalone.
Simon & Schuster promotes the memoir as a “larger-than-life portrait of his illustrious, controversial, and ever-entertaining life in and out of the public eye.”
Previous books include Schwarzenegger’s The Education of a Body Builder in 1977.