Nevertheless by Alec Baldwin
A Memoir

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10 Critic Reviews

By the end, it’s as if Baldwin were wrestling with just what Nevertheless was supposed to be (besides an excuse to cash a cheque). If he had fought more with himself, and less with everyone else, then Alec Baldwin might have penned a memoir for the ages. Let’s call it a draw.
-Globe and Mail

Synopsis

“A thorough and sophisticated effort to answer an interesting question: How did an indifferently raised, self-flagellating kid from a just-making-ends-meet, desultorily functioning Long Island family, in Massapequa, turn into Alec Baldwin, gifted actor, familiar public figure, impressively thoughtful person, notorious pugilist? . . . Beautifully written and unexpectedly moving . . . . Baldwin writes with great knowledge about old films, the art of acting, what he has learned from other actors, and about the differences among television, film and theater. . . . He’s a highly literate and fluent writer.”—New York Times

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.

 

About Alec Baldwin

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Alec Baldwin graduated with a BFA from New York University. As an actor, he has been nominated for a Tony Award and an Oscar, and has received an Emmy. He stars in the award-winning television series 30 Rock on NBC.
 
Published April 4, 2017 by Harper. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Nevertheless
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Kirkus

Above average
on Apr 10 2017

Baldwin reveals himself to be a man of parts. A pleasure for his many fans, though the sitting president doubtless won’t be placated—but that, Baldwin notes, is for another book.

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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by Vinton Rafe McCabe on May 10 2017

Like a certain president that he portrays, Baldwin seems to possess a powerful ability to nurse a grudge. And, from the telling of it, Baldwin’s losing the role of Jack Ryan to Harrison Ford in Patriot Games, the sequel to The Hunt for Red October, is as painfully real today as it was all those years ago.

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Globe and Mail

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Reviewed by Barry Hertz on Apr 13 2017

By the end, it’s as if Baldwin were wrestling with just what Nevertheless was supposed to be (besides an excuse to cash a cheque). If he had fought more with himself, and less with everyone else, then Alec Baldwin might have penned a memoir for the ages. Let’s call it a draw.

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AV Club

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Reviewed by Ryan Vlastelica on Apr 12 2017

Ultimately, no Baldwin fan will find anything of interest in these pages, while those who hate him will find nothing but new ammunition. Trump will be thrilled: Nevertheless is Art Of The Deal-level disposable.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Reviewed by Barbara Vancheri on Apr 18 2017

In an entertainment universe where nary a discouraging word is heard, “Nevertheless” is surprising, candid, sometimes discomfiting and well written.

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Chicago Tribune

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Reviewed by Michael Phillips on Apr 04 2017

The first half of "Nevertheless" is swift, eloquent, witty; the later chapters are more diffuse and tend to get caught up in grocery-listing the remaining stops along Baldwin's resume, as well as his tangles with various agents, managers and publicists. Nevertheless. I'm glad I read it; the good stuff in it is very good.

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The Missoulian

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Reviewed by Michael Phillips on Apr 14 2017

The first half of “Nevertheless” is swift, eloquent, witty; the later chapters are more diffuse and tend to get caught up in grocery-listing the remaining stops along Baldwin’s resume...

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Toronto Sun

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Reviewed by Dan Zak on Apr 08 2017

Baldwin's memoir is readable but not memorable, a satisfactory attempt by a man who is capable of more and better.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Fiona Sturges on Apr 05 2017

These acerbic moments are amusing enough but they are at odds with his earlier reflectiveness. A shift in tone between Baldwin’s pre- and post-fame existence is inevitable, though the difference here is marked...

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Globe and Mail

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Reviewed by Barry Hertz on Apr 13 2017

By the end, it’s as if Baldwin were wrestling with just what Nevertheless was supposed to be (besides an excuse to cash a cheque). If he had fought more with himself, and less with everyone else, then Alec Baldwin might have penned a memoir for the ages. Let’s call it a draw.

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