“Certain people make a difference in your life. When I was only twenty-two, and soon after I arrived in California from Europe, I met someone who clearly had an important influence on my life at what was a very critical juncture. Barbara stood out from all the others girls I’d known up to that point, and I remember our time together with great fondness.”
Foreword, ARNOLD AND ME, In the Shadow of the Austrian Oak, Arnold Schwarzenegger
“In ARNOLD AND ME Barbara Outland Baker has written an account of Arnold Schwarzenegger that reveals a man no one will ever again see. This is Arnold before the acting lessons, before the big movies, before the big money and the hype, before the marriage. It is the double-knit polyester Arnold—bigger than life, charming, and fallible—in the days when he was a truly amazing person. Many books have been published about Arnold but none have the muscle of Barbara Outland Baker’s compelling story of their life together.”
Douglas Kent Hall, Co-author of Arnold: The Education of a Bodybuilder
"Every woman has an old boyfriend in her history whose indelible influence helped shape the person she became and whose friendship reverberates though many phases of her life. Barbara Outland Baker's journey of self-discovery, from ’60s coed working on her M.R.S. degree to college professor, artist and writer interviewing her old love, is one heck of a ride, and her unique perspective on the golden age of bodybuilding, as well as the icon known simply as Arnold, make for compelling reading."
Ruth Silverman, Senior Editor, Iron Man Magazine
“ARNOLD AND ME is not only a great love story, but profoundly honest and deeply insightful. To anyone who wants to understand the young Arnold Schwarzenegger and the man he became, this is the place to go.”
Laurence Leamer, author of The Kennedy Men and Fantastic, The Life of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
“Barbara’s book offers unique insights into Arnold’s early years in America, when he was training hardest to win Mr. Olympia. As his girlfriend, secretary, English tutor, and housekeeper she was exposed to the rich diversity of his bodybuilding lifestyle. And I was happy to be part of this lifestyle 1969-1976. Times were good and not so good, and Barbara learned along with the rest of us that although you may get angry with Arnold, you cannot stay angry with him. His early roots divulged in this book from Barbara’s point of view go a long way in explaining his success as a movie celebrity and politician.”
Frank Zane, M.A., Mr. America, Mr. World, 3 time Mr. Universe, 3 time Mr. Olympia