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Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How Many Thousands of Men and Women Have Recovered from Alcoholism
Alcoholics Anonymous The Story of How Many Thousands of Men and Women Have Recovered from Alcoholism
Author: Alcoholics Anonymous
It's more than a book. It's a way of life. Alcoholics Anonymous-the Big Book-has served as a lifeline to millions worldwide. First published in 1939, Alcoholics Anonymous sets forth cornerstone concepts of recovery from alcoholism and tells the stories of men and women who have overcome the disease. With publication of the second edition in 195...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780916856182
ISBN-10: 0916856186
Publication Date: 6/1986
Pages: 575
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Publisher: Alcoholics Anonymous World Services
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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This is the Fourth Edition of the Big Book, the Basic Text for Alcoholics Anonymous
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Even non-alcoholics read this book as part of their 12 step experience. Excellent resource.
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The original big blue book of AA, with the story of it's founding and the experiences of the original group as well as help for current people addicted to alcohol.
While not an alcoholic myself, I know that this book has been a great help to those who are and it's been a great help to me in dealing with loved ones with this problem.
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Originally published in 1939, when A.A. membership numbered about one hundred, "Alcoholics Anonymous" has steadily grown in readship. By the time the second edition appeared in 1955, membership had reached over 150,000, and the "Big Book," A.A. members' fond title for their basic text, had reached a distribution of more than 300,000.
The section of personal stories was updated with new stories in the second and third editions in order to reflect the wider range and different life experiences of alcoholics over the years since 1935 letter: "The story section of the Big Book is far more important than most of us think. It is our principal means of identifying with the reader outside A.A.; it is the written equivalent of hearing speakers at an A.A. meeting; it is our show window of results."
Shows how early members applied this simple but profound program that helps alcoholics get sober today.

This book gives unbelieveable insight to the alcoholic and how to deal and overcome the addiction.
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Great book on AA and for those struggling with Alcoholism..contains the 12 steps and info on why AA got started by Bill W. A must read for anyone who is looking for answers with this deadly disease.
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The original foundation for all 12 Step programs. Chapters 2 and 3 describe what it feels like to be an alcoholic. Chapter 4 is the original statement of the 12 Steps. Chapter 5, We Agnostics, explains how AA is not a religion and does not depend upon or require a belief in God. Appendix 3 is the medical opinion about alcoholism: written in the 1930's it is still surprisingly accurate. Chapter 8 though, "For Wives," is about what Bill thought his wife should do; he wrote it, she didn't. It's pretty terrible.
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Good way to track and keep sober. Every page is full of meaningful dialog. Stories are real and frightening.
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28th printing, August 1994.


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