For most of us, the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California, has been a mysterious, almost mythical place where the rich and famous went to be cured. Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minelli, Tony Curtis, Mary Tyler Moore, and Robert Mitchum are only a few of the Betty Ford Center's celebrated alumni. When writer Barnaby Conrad checked into the Center, he knew that time was running out for him. Now he brings us a riveting personal account of the thirty days that changed--and saved--his life and an intimate look into the secrets of the most famous drug and alcohol treatment center in the world.
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Barnaby Conrad is the author of twenty-five books of fiction and nonfiction, including Hemingway's Spain, How to Fight a Bull, and Matador, which has sold more than three million copies. He is an artist and former bullfighter and American vice-consul in Spain, founder and codirector of the Santa Barbara Writer's Conference, and a native San Franciscan.From Publishers Weekly:
Betty Ford's doctor, Joseph Pursch, states in a foreword that this is the best book on alcoholism and drug addiction treatment that he has read. It is among the best written by the author of Matador and some 17 other books. Conrad at age 63 was an alcoholic who had failed in his attempts to stop drinking. Then he entered the Betty Ford Center in Southern California, run on Alcoholics Anonymous principles by recovering addicts. In Conrad's candid, comprehensive account, readers virtually live the patients' experiences. Accounts of his progress and that of fellow alcoholics are interspersed with poignant reflections on F. Scott Fitzgerald and other authors destroyed by drinking. But his concentration in the book is primarily on the people responsible for the center's signal successes. Among them is the former First Lady, no figurehead, but actively engaged in helping other recovering addicts.
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Book Description William Morrow & Co, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110877958351