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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: BenBella Books (November 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937856062
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937856069
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (220 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #394,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An honest, page-turning insight into alcoholism and the road back out."
Neil Gaiman, New York Times Bestselling Author

“Warning: Once you start reading Babylon Confidential you may not be able stop until the last page. Babylon Confidential offers mesmerizing insight into the allure of success, the pressures of Hollywood, the pitfalls of love, and the nature of addiction.”
Rebecca Moesta, New York Times Bestselling Young Adult Author

"Babylon Confidential is compelling, horrifying, and uplifting. Claudia Christian has an amazing story of glitz and darkness and ultimately a journey as strange and exciting as any of her films."
Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times Bestselling Co-author of Sisterhood of Dune

“This story is a runaway train on a roller coaster rail. Told with brutal honesty, Claudia Christian takes us on a trip through her life of sex, drugs, despair, betrayal, courage, humor, love, and triumph. She has lived it all and she's inviting us along for the ride. Hold on to your hat!”
Walter Koenig, Actor, Director, and Author

“I was gratified my method of alcoholism treatment could play a part in Claudia's journey from addiction to successful recovery. This vivid and insightful book can help save others suffering from this disease."
John David Sinclair, PhD, Founder of The Sinclair Method for the treatment of alcohol addiction

"The dashing and darling Claudia puts herself on the line with her struggles with addiction. Claudia shares and bares it all to help everyone else.... A must-read for fans and for folks dealing with any kind of addiction."
Pat Tallman, Actress, Stuntwoman, and Author, Pleasure Thresholds

"Fearless and inspiring. Claudia not only remembers the torturous calamities of her life, as well as the highs, but she recalls them here with skill, grace, and utterly no apology. If you have an addiction, or know someone who does, you must read this book."
Shari Shattuck, Actress, and Author, Callaway Wilde novels

“[Babylon Confidential] is from the heart, succinct, clear, and gives hope where there is none.”
Stephen Michael Cox, MD, President, National Anxiety Foundation

Babylon Confidential is riveting—it is a great book filled with humor, warmth, and compassion. I was by deeply impressed by Claudia's courageous life story and I was grateful that I could play a role in helping her. I know this book will save lives and help families effected by alcoholism.”
Dr. Roy Eskapa, Author of The Cure for Alcoholism

“A wild ride. Claudia's James Frey-like voice reveals the secret life of an alcoholic. Read, laugh, and learn. But most importantly, share—to save a life.”
Clare Kramer, Actress from Buffy the Vampire Slayer

About the Author

Claudia Christian is an actress, writer, singer, songwriter, director, producer, and voice-over artist. She landed her first TV series at age 18 with NBC’s Berringers and her first studio feature at 20 in the cult hit The Hidden. Christian went on to star in studio pictures such as Clean and Sober with Morgan Freeman and Michael Keaton and in TV shows such as sci-fi megahit Babylon 5. More than 50 films and hundreds of TV shows later, Christian has worked with George Clooney, Sharon Stone, Nicolas Cage, and countless other luminaries. She was the voice for Jaguar cars and Helga Sinclair in Disney’s Atlantis. Christian starred in the new Showtime series Look and was recently seen on NBC’s Grimm.

Morgan Grant Buchanan is an Australian writer of sci-fi and historical fantasy. He has written for comics and film and is currently collaborating with Claudia Christian on Wolf’s Empire, a future Rome sci-fi novel.

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Customer Reviews

This is one book that I could not put down once I started reading it.
Daniel M. Stoff
A great story about real life from a great actress .She has a great message and is very honest.
Kim M Corwin
I am so thankful to Claudia for being brave enough to share her story.
T. Schulman

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Herrick on October 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
Babylon Confidential is an incredible story of hope that grabbed me by the heart strings almost from the first page. Moments of gut-wrenching loss, both in Claudia's childhood and adult life are described in such vivid detail that I couldn't help but cry. At other times, I just couldn't stop laughing. Most of her fans, like me, have already experienced Claudia's amazing talent for spinning a funny story, with her excellent sense of comedic timing and her flare for unique and sometimes shockingly creative analogies. This book has plenty of that.

It gives rare insight into the lives and personalities of people who are no longer with us, like Dodi Fayed, Gary Devore, Lana Clarkson and Jeff Conaway. It shows Hollywood life not just at its shiniest, but also at its darkest and, in some cases, scariest. One thing that Claudia Christian does not do in this book is gloss over or shy away from her own fallibility. She lives, she laughs, she cries out in pain, she loves deeply, she gets angry, she dreams big and she makes mistakes. She's brutally honest about all of it. She's real. That's why, when she's on the floor retching her guts out and hallucinating at the hands of her alcoholism, it's really hard to make that moral judgment so many of us are guilty of, especially with celebrities. Rather than dismiss her as some Hollywood addiction cliché, you're right there pulling for her to find some way, any way back out. I'll be honest. I wanted to punch her "monster" directly in the face. Then, just when you think all is lost, she finds the Sinclair Method. It saves her life and motivates her to spread the word in order to save others the years of struggle she had to endure.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By William Henley on January 7, 2013
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BABYLON CONFIDENTIAL is frankly not really the kind of book I usually read. I'm not into celebrity gossip or stories of addiction and recovery. However, I am a BABYLON 5 fan, and an admirer of Claudia Christian's performance as Susan Ivanova, so on that basis I was interested enough to pick up this book. Others who approach the book from the B5 angle should be warned that only a small portion of the book deals directly with BABYLON 5. I was a little worried picking up the book that I would be reading about how the B5 set was a snake-pit of behind-the-scenes hostility, or that Ms. Christian was already a troubled alcoholic while she was playing the staunch, straitlaced Ivanova. Neither was true, however. She indicates that B5 was generally a positive experience with good people, that she is proud of the show, and that her serious alcohol problems didn't develop until after the series ended.
As for the main part of the book dealing with Ms. Christian's personal life, it tells a spectacular story of her personal and career ups and downs, and her experiences with a lot of famous people (ones that even I, not a celebrity buff, recognize). Though I hate to sound disrespectful of Ms. Christian's veracity, I had to wonder just a little if all these things really happened, and if so, what they looked like from the viewpoint of the other people involved. My skepticism was also a bit roused by the latter part of the book in which she tells how her alcohol problem was brought under control by a drug-based treatment called the "Sinclair Method" (bit of irony for B5 fans-- "Sinclair" was also the name of B5's original lead character).
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By M. Thau on October 26, 2012
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Claudia has lived a life of significantly greater highs and lows than most of us ever dream about... much less experience. What is interesting is that the innumerable tragedies she suffered through would have broken and killed nearly all of us. Claudia not only managed to survive but thrive. Her story is one of the very few that appeals to men and women alike; to those who love and hate sci-fi; and to anyone who has faced serious challenges in life. To my astonishment, I was personally, deeply affected by her story and am a better person after reading it.

I cannot recommend 'Babylon Confidential' strongly enough and I am an exceptionally tough critic when it comes to autobiographies!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Michael H on October 25, 2012
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Received the book yesterday and sat down this morning to start reading it. I could not put it down .. made my breakfast and ate it while reading and then my lunch. Excellent read .. thank you Claudia!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Scott B Roberts on October 30, 2012
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I could not put down this book and read it in record time, for me. While 90% of it is about an incredible life of success, failure and surprises in all aspects of her life the last 10% offers hope for those fighting the alcohol demon or know someone who is. It presents a viable, successful option for fighting alcoholism. It took guts to write this book. A must read.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R.T. Van Pelt on October 27, 2012
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What you did not know about Claudia, is a lot. This is the most unflinching memoir I have ever seen. It is funny, heart felt, it will make you weep. And it will give you hope. If the demon you face is addiction, it will bring you what you need, help.
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