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Bill W.: A Biography of Alcoholics Anonymous Cofounder Bill Wilson

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When Bill Wilson, with his friend Dr. Bob Smith, founded Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935, his hope was that AA would become a safe haven for those who suffered from this disease. Thirty years after his death, AA continues to help millions of alcoholics recover from what had been commonly regarded as a hopeless addiction. Still, while Wilson was a visionary for millions, he wa ...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published October 12th 2001 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published March 16th 2000)
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Hartigan’s work seeks to portray the life of the world’s most famous anonymous man, Bill W(ilson). Bill’s life is far from unique, but his life story is simultaneously inspiring and complex. Using personal correspondence interviews with friends and AA members, and memories of Lois Wilson (Bill's wife), Hartigan delves into the complex biographical presentation that was Bill’s life.

From a typical late-19th century childhood, Hartigan gives the familial back story for both Wilsons. Learning a lit
I wish Goodreads had an option of categorizing books that we never finish reading, because I never finished reading this one. I decided to abort it. I was halfway through it and I liked it okay, but I just didn't feel like taking any more time on it. I do not normally abandon books, I try to always give them a proper and complete read-through, but I just couldn't with this one. I have sooo many books I wish to read that I thought my time would be better spent on those. With that said, I really c ...more
Politely phrased but very honest and realistic insights into Bill, and Lois, his strengths and flaws, and Lois' characteristic acceptance, forbearance, and forgiveness. She could also have founded ACOA, if she had lived longer.
Ginger Robinson
I felt like I was reading a college student's paper on the history of AA. I couldn't get past the first chapter. I want to know the history b/c I'm interested, but I must find another biography :)
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