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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: BenBella Books (November 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937856062
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937856069
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (273 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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I'd been looking forward to reading this book for months. Claudia is one of the actresses I most admire. This book is a very intimate look at her life. She talks about her family, her career, her loves and most importantly her battle with alcoholism.

For me the part that touched me the most was when she discussed her descent into alcoholism. She talked about her "monster" the way it would always pull at her low self-esteem. It was interesting to see how her triggers were similar to my own. Claudia has been talking about the Sinclair Method for quite a while now but it wasn't until reading this book that I understood what that meant.

The need to keep drinking once you start is something that plagues alcoholics and something which over the years I've felt from time to time. The constant battle between periods of extended abstinence and then bouts of drinking binges that she talks about is something that I've seen time and time again in people with alcoholism. Often their friends ask how they can go back to drinking. The method in the book is a chemical, a pill that you take before you drink. Unlike other alcohol "cures" this treats the physical addiction; it works on reducing the cravings. It has an 80 percent success rate. It was fascinating to read Claudia's first-hand account of how after taking the pill before drinking the need to keep drinking after that first glass disappeared. It sounds like one of those things that is too good to be true. But considering how much money is made from the recovery industry I think it is probably not in their best interest to promote this method.

To me the latter half of the book talking about addiction and recovery really hit home. But I don't want to give the impression that the book is all about serious issues.
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