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Readers of Total Recall will marvel at that drive. In his own version of himself, Schwarzenegger is someone who has never stood still. By the age of 10 he knew that his destiny did not lie in Austria, suffering after wartime defeat and trembling in the shadow of Soviet communism, but in the US.
Despite playground teasing and the incredulity his conviction inspired among his peers, he never let go. At one level his story is stranger and more inspiring than any Hollywood film ever made. Yet the Herculean force of his determination is also chilling. Even in his political career, where every decision was submitted to committee, he seemed to struggle with compromise. L ike many people who have experienced being poor in their childhoods, his overriding aim was always to make money.
It is not necessarily an attractive trait.
He should be driving a Mercedes. I got to know Steve when I was governor of California, and he wanted to help pass a law to encourage organ donation. Steve saw what it was like to desperately need an organ, and he could have easily just paid for his operation and been done with it.
Instead, he came with his big vision and wanted to rewrite the laws to make it easier. He did the necessary work, and we were able to hammer out a law and push it through. I think that his compassion should be a bigger part of his legacy. His story is the ultimate California dream.
What is your favorite literary genre? Any guilty pleasures? I prefer nonfiction, especially biographies and history books. The Roots and the Rising of Jimmy Carter. And what books would you suggest to an aspiring governor? I think the most important lesson is that, despite our politics, we should never treat each other as enemies.
We can have disagreements about the direction of the country, but at the end of the day we all want to serve our country.
Lincoln proved a powerful lesson by appointing his critics and political foes to his cabinet. He wanted the best minds around him offering advice. Not Republican or Democrat minds.
Just the best minds. All of us can learn from that.
Are there any books you found to be particularly insightful about California? No one — no one — knows California like Kevin Starr. When I ran for governor, I read binder after binder of briefings, but none of it taught me as much as one lunch with Kevin.
To this day, every time I see Kevin, I learn something new. If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be?
I could never choose one book for a president. There are so many things you need to learn. Here is a book about how we developed our current energy policy, because we need to learn from that as we plan for our future energy needs. View all New York Times newsletters. What were your favorite books as a child? Did you have a favorite character or hero?
When I was young, we were constantly exposed to the works of Peter Rosegger, who was a hero in Styria, my home state. He wrote incredible stories with a focus on our region, so he was one of the favorites.
We also constantly read these terribly violent stories by the Grimm Brothers. I mean, the cleaned-up versions of these are nowhere near the horror stories we used to read. But I have to say that Karl May wrote my favorite stories. He was a German who had never seen a real cowboy or Indian, but somehow he wrote fantastic stories about this wise Apache chief named Winnetou and his cowboy friend Old Shatterhand.
The stories taught me a powerful lesson about getting along despite differences, but more importantly, they opened up my world and gave me a window to see America.
If you could meet any writer, dead or alive, who would it be?
What would you want to know?