A Promise to Ourselves: A Journey Through Divorce and Fatherhood (英語) ハードカバー – 2008/9/23
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An Academy and Tony Award nominee and a 2007 recipient of Golden Globe, SAG, and Television Critics Association Awards for best actor in a comedy, Alec Baldwin is one of the best-known, most successful actors in the world. His relationship with Kim Basinger, the Academy Award - winning actress, lasted nearly a decade. They have a daughter named Ireland, and for a time, theirs seemed to be the model of a successful Hollywood marriage. But in 2000 they separated and in 2002 divorced. Their split - specifically the custody battle surrounding Ireland - would be the subject of media attention for years to come.In his own life and others', Baldwin has seen the heavy toll that divorce can take - psychologically, emotionally, and financially. He has been extensively involved in divorce litigation, and he has witnessed the way that noncustodial parents, especially fathers, are often forced to abandon hopes of equitable rights when it comes to their children. He makes a powerful case for reexamining and changing the way divorce and child custody is decided in this country and levels a scathing attack at what he calls the 'family law industry'.When it comes to his experiences with judges, court-appointed therapists, and lawyers, Baldwin pulls no punches. He casts a light on his own divorce and the way the current family law system affected him, his ex-wife, and his daughter, as well as many other families. This is an important, informative, and deeply felt book on a contentious subject that offers hope of finding a better way.
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.
A Promise to Ourselves: A Journey Through Fatherhood and Divorce
I recommend the book highly. In the way it reports Mr. Baldwin's experience in the Family Courts and his suffering with parental alienation, it puts things in perspective, and helps make sense out of a lot of the bigger picture.
Even knowing what I know, I have/had a tendency to personalize the treatment I have suffered through in the Family Courts, the systematic removal of my child, and the artificially precious time that I am permitted to be with her as a dad. Such things should not be special and remarkable, but natural and ordinary.
Reading this book, and hearing Baldwin's analysis and reporting of his own investigations into the public policies and situation, makes my own example feel less targeted, even if not less painful.
Again, this book talks to many of the issues that we are directly experiencing.
This is a great read that can change the world for many people, especially kids, who could be saved from heartbreak and trauma by better understanding the rules of the game that's played by those who pray on situations where love no longer rules.