Writing the Big Book: The Creation of A.A.


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Alcoholics Anonymous is one of the most significant self-help books of the twentieth century with an estimated thirty-seven million copies sold, translated into seventy languages. Released in 1939, the Big Book, as it is commonly known, has spawned a number of recovery communities around the world and remains a vibrant tool in introducing a plan of recovery from addiction in all its manifestations. It has been forty years since the last scholarly history of Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.), Ernie Kurtz's Not God, published in ...

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Mark G

May 14, 2020


If you are interested in early A.A. history, this is a MUST book for your library. The details of the story behind the story of the writing of the Big Book is absolutely fascinating and informative, without being "dry". The citations, notes and bibliography are extensive but the book is an easy, smooth read. Do yourself a favor and buy this book.

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