Bill W.: My First 40 Years - An Autobiography

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¿I was born, to be exact, in a hotel then known as Wilson House ¿ I was born, perhaps rightly, in a room just back of the old bar.¿

It was the beginning of a life that would change the lives of millions. Told here for the first time in his own words is the story of the man who would come to be known as Bill W.¿a man who, for his part in founding the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous, would be celebrated as one of the important figures of the twentieth century.

¿The terrifying darkness had become complete. In agony of spirit, I again thought of the cancer of alcoholism which had now consumed me in mind and spirit, and soon the body. But what of the Great Physician? For a brief moment, I suppose, the last trace of my obstinacy was crushed out as the abyss yawned.

¿I remember saying to myself, ¿I¿ll do anything, anything at all. If there be a Great Physician, I¿ll call on him.¿ Then, with neither faith nor hope I cried out, ¿If there be a God, let him show himself.¿¿

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William Griffith Wilson (Bill W.) was born in 1895 and died in 1971. In Akron Ohio, in 1935, along with Dr. Bob, he founded what later would come to be known as Alcoholics Anonymous, and he subsequently devoted his life to its mission.As a founder and world-famous proponent of Alcoholics Anonymous, Bill W. told his story many times-but only in part, always with an eye to helping others out of the depths he could describe so well. Finally, though, near the age of sixty, knowing that his biography would surely be written and that there would be considerable interest in the circumstances behind his achievements, Bill W. began in tape recordings and notes, to "set the record somewhere near straight." The result is this book, a thoroughly engaging account of Bill W.'s life from childhood through manhood, rendered with the immediacy, directness, and characteristic charm of his speech.

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