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Arnold Schwarzenegger to write memoir

September 22, 2011 |  8:31 am

Arnold Schwarzenegger in August 2011
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is planning a memoir, publisher Simon & Schuster announced Thursday.

The autobiography, with a working title of "Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story," will chronicle Schwarzenegger’s rise from bodybuilder to movie star and politician.

The publisher’s statement did not mention whether the book will cover a personal scandal that has embroiled the former governor: It was revealed several months ago that he fathered a child with his family’s longtime housekeeper. He and his wife, Maria Shriver, subsequently divorced.

Schwarzenegger published his first book, "The Education of a Bodybuilder," in 1977.

"Truly, Arnold is one of the most fascinating figures of our time, and one of the greatest success stories in the world,” said publisher Jonathan Karp in a statement from Simon & Schuster. "Nobody has a life story even close to his.”

The former governor has now returned to Hollywood, signing on to film "Expendables 2" and "Last Stand."


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Photo: Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last month. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press.