The Akron Genesis of Alcoholics Anonymous

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One of the most thorough and finest recent A.A. history books, which brings to the fore the real beginnings of Alcoholics Anonymous in Akron. It shows the roles of the founding workers--Bill W., Dr. Bob, Anne Smith, T. Henry and Clarace Williams, and Henrietta Seiberling. It shows how A.A. arose from the unusual cure of Russell Firestone in 1931 and the events in 1933 that celebrated his recovery. It explains the Akron crucible and the precise methods adopted in the summer of 1935 by Bill and Bob. The book was immediately acclaimed by Dr. Bob's two children (Sue Smith Windows and Robert R. Smith), by Congressman Seiberling, and by the daughter of T. Henry Williams. This book changed the approach of later historians who realized that the entire Akron beginnings had simply fallen through the cracks in the zeal to talk about Bill Wilson's later Big Book. The contents allows the reader to see the full picture from the beginning. The first three AAs formed the first A.A. group in Akron. The 75% success rate was achieved in Akron. Public recognition of the A.A. program grew from Akron's miraculous cures. These are the details.

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The author is a writer, historian, Retired attorney, Bible student, and active, recovered AA who has sponsored more than 100 men in their recovery. He has published 32 titles and over 180 articles on A.A. history and devoted 18 years of his life to researching, reporting, and disseminating the real, comprehensive history of A.A. Clergy, scholars, historians, and old-timer AAs have frequently called Dick B. the leading A.A. historian today.

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This book by a retired attorney and active AA member is the fourth title in a series covering the history of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Here the author traces the origins of the 57-year-old recovery program from its roots in the Akron, Ohio home of co-founders Dr. Robert Smith and Bill Wilson. Not intended to be a guidebook, this is instead a lengthy introduction to the forces, personalities, and core groups that provide the spiritual base for AA and other 12-step programs. Other titles in the series include Dr. Bob's Library (Glen Abbey Bks., 1992); Anne Smith's (Dr. Bob's wife) Spiritual Workbook (Good Book Pub., 1992); and The Oxford Group and Alcoholics Anonymous (Glen Abbey Bks., 1992). Purchase where there is demand for the history of AA.
- Linda S. Greene, Chicago P.L.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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