Babylon Confidential: A Memoir of Love, Sex, and Addiction
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Babylon Confidential: A Memoir of Love, Sex, and Addiction

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by Claudia Christian, Morgan Grant Buchanan
     
 

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When actress Claudia Christian flees a troubled childhood and moves to Hollywood at age 17, she steps through the looking glass into another world.

From the set of Dallas to her starring role on the sci-fi series Babylon 5, Claudia’s affairs with billionaires, supermodels, rock stars, and celebrities are mixed with shootings, stalking,

Overview


When actress Claudia Christian flees a troubled childhood and moves to Hollywood at age 17, she steps through the looking glass into another world.

From the set of Dallas to her starring role on the sci-fi series Babylon 5, Claudia’s affairs with billionaires, supermodels, rock stars, and celebrities are mixed with shootings, stalking, heartbreak, and betrayal. Onset and off, drama follows Claudia—an alcohol-fueled coke run and makeout session with a bridesmaid on her wedding day; her tempestuous, love-hate relationship with actor Angus Macfadyen; the conspiracy theories surrounding her ex-husband’s death; and a 20-year on-and-off relationship with billionaire Dodi Fayed before he dated Princess Diana. Hollywood life takes its toll on Claudia as she descends into alcohol addiction and a desperate battle to reclaim her life.

Rehab, alternative treatments, and even hypnotism can’t break the cycle of alcohol abuse that threatens to destroy Claudia. Close to despair she discovers The Sinclair Method, a treatment that saves her life.

Sometimes shocking, often humorous, always captivating — Babylon Confidential is a story of hope that will inspire and enlighten you.

Editorial Reviews

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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

Kirkus Reviews
Soap-operatic memoir of a minor screen and TV star's slow descent into booze-fueled hell and her long, slow road back to recovery. The specter of alcohol and addiction always seemed to dog Babylon 5 actress Christian. Her grandfather had been an alcoholic, and her father was a man who recognized, and walked away from, his penchant for drink. When the author was only 8 years old, her brother was killed by a drunk driver. Fifteen years later, as a young actress living in a Los Angeles apartment, she landed the role of a cocaine addict in the 1988 film Clean and Sober. Christian was not then hooked on either drugs or alcohol, but she was living life in the "Hollywood fast lane," doing "blow," drinking and having indiscriminate sex with both men and women. Until her early 30s, Christian was primarily a recreational drinker. However, after becoming entangled in an emotionally destructive affair with Braveheart actor Angus Macfadyen in 1996, she "drank to escape." Another bad relationship followed, as did longer and longer stretches of unemployment. By 2002, she had sunk deeply enough into alcoholism that she could no longer control her urges to drink. Neither stints in rehab nor AA meetings helped. On the verge of giving up, she discovered a low-cost alternative treatment, the Sinclair Method, with "an 80 [percent] success rate." Amazingly, Christian never blames her childhood--which included rape by a neighbor and troubled relationships with her parents--for any of her later mishaps. But neither is she at a loss to tout her "glory days" as a B-list actress or to serve up occasionally entertaining but at times overdone Hollywood dish. A National Enquirer–esque peep show of a book partially redeemed by its underlying mission to cultivate awareness about a little-known method of alcohol detoxification.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781937856069
Publisher:
BenBella Books, Inc.
Publication date:
11/06/2012
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
624,542
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet 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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Babylon Confidential: A Memoir of Love, Sex, and Addiction 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Jochteas More than 1 year ago
I came to this book, being a fan of Ms Christian from her work on Babylon 5 and Freaks and Geeks. Growing up watching Sci Fi, there were few Strong women role models. Star Wars had Leia, and Star Trek, while popular and featured women had them in secondary roles. Ms. Christian’s portrayal of Susan Ivanova had always been for me a bright spot in Sci Fi and in general, so a book about the woman behind the character was all to enticing for me to pass up. I cherished reading this book. The book was an exhilarating look into the life behind the camera of a Hollywood actress. But more than just that it was a great look into a world people only talk about. About what happens behind closed doors of the rich and famous, and how that style can come crashing down and its consequences. Reading about the trials and tribulations of Ms. Christian, someone who in my mind is the Strong and indomitable Ivanova, and how she battled addiction, how she overcame it rising up from the bottom to once again regain with the discovery of The Sinclair Method and how she now triumphs once again only proved to me that the person in this case stronger then the character. The book is a wonderful experience. It is well written and is one of those that once you pick up you have a hard time putting down. It gets real personal at points as she describes her loves and relations, but soon you’ll find it is in her pain you can make the real connection. The real human face of a star. I recommend this book for anyone interested in an story of overcoming addiction, anyone interested just to know Ms. Christian better. Or Anyone interested a book with gripping realism of the Hollywood scene specifically. But really anyone who enjoys a good read will find that this book is a fantastic read and will not disappoint.
scottr303 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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ketracel More than 1 year ago
An interesting and quick read. The title tells you what you're going to get and she delivers. I enjoyed the name-dropping that others have complained about -- it's a celebrity biography, after all! A lot of interesting stuff revealed. At a certain point, though, it went from interesting, fun, and occasionally tragic to a tiresome litany of bad judgments and stupid mistakes. I have empathy, but it's tough to "watch" her consistently head down pathways that are obviously going to lead to regrets and many pages of "what went wrong." Also, as the book wound down I realized the memoir was sort of an excuse to spread the word on The Sinclair Method (the cure that worked for her). It was mostly an entertaining read. I'm glad I read it.
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AnneSfromOK More than 1 year ago
I usually read fantasy, but I got this book because it looked interesting and I am a fan of Claudia Christian from Babylon 5 and a few other movies and tv shows that she was on. I wasn't sure what to expect when I got it but once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. It is written as if Claudia is right there talking to you and telling her story. She tells her very personal experiences throughout her life that led up to problems with alcohol addiction and the hope she found through the Sinclair Method for healing addiction. It is truly a story of hope and rising above the odds. The book was written to get the word out about this method and it does it's job wonderfully. As a story, I was greatly moved. It made me cry, laugh and everything in between. It is an awesome story that held my attention and I think it is wonderfully written. It took a lot of courage to write and is well worth the read.
MrSteveG More than 1 year ago
Claudia Christian has written an excellent autobiography which gives the reader an intimate inside view of her life. Once I started reading this book I could not put it down. She does a great job of bringing you into her life and conveying her emotions. I actually felt joy at her triumphs and shared in the sadness of her tragedies. I pulled for her as I read about her struggles with alcohol and could feel her sense of pride when she was able to conquer her demons. I really enjoyed her side stories about life on the set of "Babylon Five" and immediately rented the film "Never on Tuesday" (check it out--you'll love it) as a result. In addition her stories about her encounters with a few actors (not to be named in my review!) has given me a totally different perspective about them and I'll never look at some of them the same way again when I see them on screen. This book is also an excellent resource for anyone struggling with alcoholism. She provides in vivid detail her battle with her "monster" and all the steps she did to beat it. I highly recommend this book--get it. Once you start reading it you will not be able to put it down.
JeraOdin More than 1 year ago
Claudia is definately one of the most beautiful, and amazing women of any time. Her honesty, as well as her inner strength, make this powerful for clear comprehension and hope. May her courage rally the will of those to who she has graciously offered a real lifeline of hope and recovery. Sending you hugs and thanks Claudia, I never understood the ones in my life who struggled with this monster. You taught me how I can use my strengths and compassion at the same time. Blessings and thanks, Jo
johnnyschad More than 1 year ago
What I found unique about this book was Ms. Christian's account of success mirages. Much of the struggle she detailed was not directly about succeeding, but on determining what "success" really means before you can achieve it.  The presentation of her struggle has you right there with her, cheering her on all the way.   
BookwormReflects More than 1 year ago
Babylon Confidential: A Memoir of Love, Sex, and Addiction By Claudia Christian and Morgan Grant Buchanan Claudia Christian had a starring role on Babylon 5, a science fiction television series. Now she is coming forward with her memoirs revealing a whole new side of herself that few others have seen. First off since this is a memoir I will not be reviewing the “story” I mean how can you criticize someone’s life? Second I had no idea who Claudia Christian was when I was sent this book for review; they had me at Love, Sex and Addiction. I have never seen Babylon 5 but I did grow up with a parent who watches anything science fiction, yes my mother is a Trekkie, she even has the entire series of Babylon 5 so I know what it is. Luckily for me I didn’t need to know the show to be able to truly get to know Claudia’s story. The book itself seems to get Claudia’s point across precisely, however there were times when the narration would bounce around. It wasn’t hard to follow along so you shouldn’t find yourself lost as you go but I felt it could have “flowed” a bit better. The only thing that actually drove me crazy was all the “name-dropping.” For instance she is describing someone and in one sentence talk about how charming he is and in the next paragraph lists everyone in Hollywood that he knew, I would have preferred more on their own personal character rather than the list of their accomplishments. As for that it can be overlooked and maybe it is a “Hollywood” thing that I missing, otherwise it’s a great read truly fun and absolutely heart wrenching at times.
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