RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 65469596 LA English T1 The people's machine : Arnold Schwarzenegger and the rise of blockbuster democracy A1 Mathews, Joe,, PB Public Affairs PP New York YR 2006 SN 1586482726 9781586482725 AB "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 to his will. Watch as Schwarzenegger battles forces more relentless than any cinematic foe: the largest budget deficit in state history, cagey politicians, and unions who want to terminate the Terminator. As he does so, Schwarzenegger builds a new kind of political machine out of old materials - celebrity, money, consultants, and ballot measures designed to rally "the people" - and discovers the possibilities and perils of his kind of power. Schwarzenegger wins and loses, but even his defeats prove to be big." "Mathews reports with unmatched access and whip-smart analysis on the blessings and curses of Schwarzenegger-style governance, and shows why the entire country should brace itself for blockbuster democracy."--BOOK JACKET.