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Babylon Confidential: A Memoir of Love, Sex, and Addiction Paperback – November 6, 2012
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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 rivetingit 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, shareto save a life.”
Clare Kramer, Actress from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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).Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an excellent book which I could not put down - so much so that I read it in one day. Claudia bravely lays herself open with a rare honesty which I don't associate with... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is an autobiography of Claudia Christian's life. If you are looking for a book about the TV series "Babylon 5" you will be disappointed because there is only is... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dr. Wendell S. Broadwell
We can never imagine others lives, and if they are famous, more so. This book made me feel I was watching...someone who was watching their own life. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Michael J Abell
I truly admire a person that is willing to put it out there, worts and all, to get their point or points across. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Whisprindave
Claudia does not hold back in describing her life and while there are vivid moments of loss in both her childhood and her adult life there are also moments when I laughed out loud... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Elise McCune
I am not generally a reader of autobiographies, but being a huge fan of Babylon 5, I thought I would check this one out. I read a sample on my Kindle and was instantly intrigued. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Heather L. Westerberg
If submitted as a script you'd not believe it.....truth IS strangerPublished 7 months ago by Gary L. Travis