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One of the most accomplished and outspoken actors today chronicles the highs and lows of his life in this beautifully written, candid memoir.

Over the past three decades, Alec Baldwin has established himself as one of Hollywood's most gifted, hilarious, and controversial leading men. From his work in popular movies, including Beetlejuice, Working Girl, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Cooler, and Martin Scorsese's The Departed, to his role as Jack Donaghy on Tina Fey's irreverent series 30 Rock - for which he won two Emmys, three Golden Globes, and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards - and as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, he's both a household name and a deeply respected actor.

In Nevertheless, Baldwin transcends his public persona, making public facets of his life he has long kept private. In this honest, affecting memoir, he introduces us to the Long Island child who felt burdened by his family's financial strains and his parents' unhappy marriage; the Washington, DC, college student gearing up for a career in politics; the self-named "Love Taxi" who helped friends solve their romantic problems while neglecting his own; the young soap actor learning from giants of the theatre; the addict drawn to drugs and alcohol who struggles with sobriety; the husband and father who acknowledges his failings and battles to overcome them; and the consummate professional for whom the work is everything. Throughout Nevertheless, one constant emerges: the fearlessness that defines and drives Baldwin's life.

Told with his signature candor, astute observational savvy, and devastating wit, Nevertheless reveals an Alec Baldwin we have never fully seen before.

©2017 Alec Baldwin (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Stacey Robinson
  • 2018-09-20

Embarrassingly petty

I like Alec Baldwin as a performer and I was excited to hear stories from his long career and life. Unfortunately, he suffers from a severe lack of tact and self-awareness here. It reads like a revenge piece against anyone who's ever wounded his ego, including but not limited to former colleagues, ex-wives, and Harrison Ford. I can understand someone choosing not to pull any punches in reporting their experience authentically, but Baldwin quickly proves himself an unreliable narrator, coming off as a bit of a narcissist. I get the impression that he's learned only as much from his experiences as it was most convenient for him to learn. To be frank, the book has already aged badly, and I have a feeling it will only continue to do so. Nice voice, though.

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  • Kristin
  • 2017-04-19

Who knew Alec could write?

I saw Alec Baldwin on a morning talk show discussing his book. I'm not a huge fan, but I thought I would give it a try. I'm glad I did! Wow, I had no idea that Alec Baldwin had such a talent for writing. This is a beautifully written memoir. I was hooked from the first sentence and binge-listened through the weekend.

Baldwin's narration gives his story an intimate feel, like you're his new best friend who he's sharing his life story and secrets with. I also have some new respect for this actor, who I had categorized as an arrogant hot head based on tabloid reports. There's some real substance behind the sandy voice and wicked grin.

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  • Pamela Plimpton
  • 2018-09-24

Wanted to like it - just couldn't bring myself to

I enjoy Alec Baldwin as a performer, I really wanted to like this book. I just couldn't do it! I kept listening, thinking "it has to get better". I was disappointed when I was half way thru & it was NOT better. Couldn't stand anymore of the story or the narration & had to pull the plug.

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  • Michael J. Oneill
  • 2017-04-23

An extremely entertaining life story

Alec's book is a thoughtful and passionate as the man himself. From his working class upbringing on Long Island to his artistic endeavors with the likes of Anthony Hopkins and more recently parodying Donald Trump, Alec tells these great stories in detail without pulling punches. Treat yourself to this book.

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  • Mary
  • 2017-04-05

Nevertheless: A Memoir

I was hooked on the first sentence. This is an insightful, melancholy story of this actor.I could not stop listening. His Memories of movies is remarkable. He, like my brother and I used to stretch out on front of TV, laying on our stomachs chins in our hands, watching, Bogart, Cagney, John Wayne. Maybe the lives of introverted, lonely kids need to be filled with other lives. He had a list of books. I read it and kept saying "Yes". I would be remiss if I did not mention Baldwin's soft, and husky Voice. It, the voice and the story are hypnotic. Treat yourself.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2017-07-04

Paid by the word?

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I wanted to love this book because I love Alec Baldwin's performances in 30 Rock and SNL, so I was bummed when I pulled the plug after listening for about two hours. (Does it improve after the two hour mark? If so, please let me know.) I didn't find AB's childhood interesting, though he tried to add a bit of dramatic flair here and there. After the second or third reading of random lists - such as, and I'm paraphrasing here - "here is a list of streets in my childhood neighborhood from north to south..." etc. I I gave up.

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  • Deborah Bessette
  • 2020-08-13

About what you expect.

He did a good job narrating, but blames others for his problems. He slants or omits facts to fit his point of view. Little mention of siblings. Definitely a narcissist. I only bough bought because of sale. Never a fan, but am open minded. I think he just needed money given he now has 4 kids and is in his sixties hosting a game show!

One last thing, Alec, until Obama and most of his administration are prosecuted in jailed, there will never be liberty and justice for all! Trump 2020!

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  • lwales
  • 2017-04-17

Delightful!

Candid and brutally honest. I couldn't stop listening. Alec offers a glimpse into the realities of the world of movies and television. He offers his opinion on many subjects. I feel it is worth listening to.

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  • Sharon
  • 2017-04-22

Honest memoir

Great to learn more about the story of the life of one of my fav SNL actors!

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  • Justin Vande
  • 2017-04-18

excellent book

really great book. made me wanna watch "the edge" and binge watch 30 ROCK. thank you ALEC

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  • Thomas BASLE
  • 2018-09-09

great !

wonderfully read. very personal and informative. a touching performance. baldwin has a lot to share