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The people's machine : Arnold Schwarzenegger and the rise of blockbuster democracy

Author: Joe Mathews
Publisher: New York : Public Affairs, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"In The People's Machine, reporter Joe Mathews, who covered Schwarzenegger for the Los Angeles Times, tells the remarkable story of how direct democracy and a blockbuster style that is pure Hollywood have finally merged in California." "The People's Machine is a blockbuster of its own: an extraordinary, behind-the-scenes account - history and journalism - of how a movie star tried to bend the nation's largest state
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Named Person: Arnold Schwarzenegger; Arnold Schwarzenegger; Arnold Schwarzenegger; Arnold Schwarzenegger; Arnold Schwarzenegger
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joe Mathews
ISBN: 1586482726 9781586482725
OCLC Number: 65469596
Description: xxiv, 453 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Prologue. Day one --
1. As entertaining as a nickelodeon --
2. Mad as hell --
3. Free to choose --
4. Pumping pup --
5. Authenticity --
6. End of days --
7. The trailer campaign --
8. A thing of beauty --
9. Fiddling --
10. Not gonna take it --
11. A time for choosing --
12. Make up, please --
13. Back on track --
14. Costco and the carrot people --
15. All politics is "girlie men" --
16. The Indians are ripping us off --
17. Behind bars --
18. Deal breaker --
19. Musclebound --
20. One big enchilada, whipped --
Epilogue. The reality of it.
Responsibility: Joe Mathews.
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An account of Governor Schwarzenegger and his tenure in California politics, this work traces the roots of both movie and political populism, how Schwarzenegger used these twin forces to win election  Read more...

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