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Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  1,517 Ratings  ·  161 Reviews
From rock bottom to recovery—the son of veteran broadcaster Bill Moyers chronicles his life- shattering battle with addiction and the hard-won fight for recovery

William Cope Moyers has come a long, long way. In 1994, he lay on the floor of an Atlanta crack house. His father had put together a search party. His worried family waited at home where Moyers had left them when
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published September 21st 2006 by Viking Adult (first published 2006)
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Pierced Librarian
Feb 21, 2016 Pierced Librarian rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Only Christians
If you have never known an addict first hand, then this book is the perfect self-indulgent, Jesus loves me, my parents are rich, and everything turns out wonderfully perfect- memoir to start with.

The story of addiction cannot be shared enough by many different perspectives. Cope has a very particular perspective on addiction and how he maneuvered through life as an addict.

This is the Disney version of addiction. Cope had every opportunity handed to him and he always took the route
Jan 30, 2011 Debby rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I am drawn to read books about and memoirs of addiction and recovery out of a desire to see if someone else can explain the concept of addiction as a "disease" in a manner that makes sense to me.
William Cope Moyers, his parents (he is the oldest son of journalist Bill Moyers) and eventually Cope's wife and chilfren have quite a roler coaster of a ride in dealing with his addiction to alcohol and smoking crack. Cope is very self-disclosing and brutally honest as he tells his story of addiction,
Michelle Robinson
I found this book t be interesting, sad and disturbing.

I have never read a first person narrative of addiction that I found more interesting.
Honestly, I did get really aggravated with Moyers when he continued to throw away chances at recovery. It was hard to reconcile this man from a privileged background deliberately placing himself in harms way just to get at crack cocaine. It was also hard for me to sympathize with him, at times, when he was surrounded by people who loved him and were willin
This book is engaging enough to keep you reading but it has serious flaws. For one thing, I think it could have benefitted from some more editing - the author repeats himself a lot and not always even in a markedly different way - sometimes he'll literally say the same thing three times within a chapter. I only need to hear how lonely recovery is or how much harder living sober is than living as an addict once to assimilate, regardless of how long or how much repetition it might have taken for h ...more
Abby Frucht
Feb 04, 2013 Abby Frucht rated it liked it
My feelings while reading this crack addiction memoir alternated between an ungenerous disdain for the author's selfishness, shock at his sudden and literally thoughtless propensity to trade family, job, and years of hard won sobriety for 6 days in a crack house, and respect for the fact that addition is an illness. Thus my feelings about Moyer's story mirrored what I might feel for that of a loved one who is in that situation - frustration, dismay, horror, fear, pain, pain, pain, hope, crushing ...more
Oct 17, 2010 Nitya rated it really liked it
Almost done with this riveting tale of one man's journey into the darkest depths of addiction. Despite a loving family, a wife who loves him, a good job as a journalist, and a spritual upbringing as the son of Bill Moyers, Cope Moyers found himself unable to refrain from his addiction to crack.
As he recounts his journey, (beginning with being summoned from an Atlanta crackhouse by his father, who has arrived with 2 off duty policemen to yet again, rescue him from his disease), the author uses
Jan 01, 2012 Dayna rated it liked it
An interesting read for the first half, but then it gets too much into describing AA; since AA doesn't change, this is virtually the same as many other books/movies. Also, about half-way through the book, the author's selfish ways got on my nerves, and I started empathizing with everyone else in the book other than him. Not a good sign - he has the mic, and I still don't like him?! *sigh* Still, overall I was glad I read at least the first half. It would be a great read for someone who is into p ...more
Feb 27, 2012 Jill rated it liked it
This wasn't a bad book but, in my mind, it didn't hold a candle to other stories of addiction, such as "Beautiful Boy" by David Scheff. The tone was very self-congratulatory at times and melodramatic, particularly when Moyers refers to himself as "intimately experienced" with cancer after having a mole removed. Too many rhetorical questions and little discussion of where all the money comes from for Moyers to buy houses, fly across the country, and afford rehab while he lives the life of a junki ...more
Aug 10, 2008 Heather rated it it was ok
While Moyers' story was interesting, the story got pretty introspective and boring, like every addiction memoir ever written. Once he entered rehab for the first time, every page afterward is heavy-handed and thick with philosophies about the nature of addiction. He quotes liberally from recovery handbooks, too, which I found annoying. "Let Go and Let God?" That's neat, but you don't have to repeat it five times in two chapters.

I wish every addict in America didn't have to write a damn memoir.
Matthew Kading
Sep 30, 2012 Matthew Kading rated it it was amazing
Shelves: multi-reads

Knowing Bill Moyers in his capacity as a VP at the Hazelden Foundation, it's hard to believe that it's the same man...but you quickly realize it is, and that he's telling his story from the deepest recesses of his's the non- fiction equivalent of "A Million Little Pieces"...A good man, a great story and read about the bad disease afflicting him and his recovery and redemption from those dark and dangerous places many of us travel-some never to return.
Sep 22, 2011 Todd rated it did not like it
The author needs a 12-step program to deal with his arrogance and elitism. His incessant whining and inability to remember that his recovery behavior and his long-term addiction nearly costs his parents their sanity. I listened to him talk at a training and found him to be an incessant bore, much like I saw the book.

He could learn much from his father.
Jun 21, 2011 Maureen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book needed some serious editing. Moyers' story is authentic and well told, but for someone who wanted to be out of his father's shadow, he includes more of his father's letters than was necessary. It is his story, not his father's.
Nov 18, 2013 Andrea rated it it was ok
This book wasn't terrible, though I did feel I was trudging through it at times. I just couldn't work up to liking the author and, since this is a memoir, that pretty much killed the book for me.
Jul 25, 2007 Jane rated it it was ok
I was disappointed in this book. His story seems interesting enough, I think it was his presentation. It's a recovery book, an AA book, but that doesn't mean it was good. It was boring. Very boring.
Oct 07, 2010 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Andrew by: Jcsnelling
not a bad book. you can tell that moyers is a journalist and not an author (the ghost writer didn't help much to make the story telling any better).

learned a lot about addiction
Ken Yliniemi
Apr 08, 2016 Ken Yliniemi rated it it was amazing
An amazing story of addiction recovery. It is not your normal "quick fix" type of recovery story either. This is a great and truthful insight into the relapse and recovery, and relapse and recovery process, learning new things each time, and gaining through that understanding. It is inspiring for EVERYONE, and gives true meaning to anyone who has had any kinds of hardships to deal with in their life, substance abuse or addiction or not. William Cope Moyers (author) is the son of the famous Journ ...more
Victoria Greer
Sep 04, 2015 Victoria Greer rated it did not like it
I had to force myself to finish this book. Even though he's an addict and an alcoholic, throughout the book the Mr. Moyers is constantly referring to how he is better than everyone else, and that people aren't "like him." Much of the book is wasted on his bragging and name dropping, due to his famous father, some of it repetitive. His transition into final recovery is completely uneventful and boring, as is much of path through addiction. Don't even know how he ultimately recovered with all of h ...more
Andrea Schlimgen
Sep 07, 2009 Andrea Schlimgen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
He reiterated so much that I got bored! This would have been a good editorial piece for a magazine but just didn't make it as a book.
Kathy Cobb
eh - it was ok. I felt like this didn't go anywhere but back and forth to rehab. But perhaps that's the point of the book.
Jul 31, 2009 Debbie rated it it was ok
This book started out good, but then it started to drag. He is very repetitive in his story telling.
Listened to most of this audio book in the car with my sister. I would not recommend this book.
Feb 05, 2012 Kuklaguera rated it liked it
Good but I kind of lost interest & didn't finish it
Jan Byrne
Dec 04, 2012 Jan Byrne rated it really liked it
crazy to think a man of his importance got to the level....
Apr 03, 2007 Tammy rated it it was ok
Couldn't finish this one - too nice and neat for my liking.
Alyssa Garcia
Sep 05, 2016 Alyssa Garcia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: made-me-cry
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Mar 16, 2014 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I saw Mr. Moyer's talk about his addiction along with this famous Dad and mom. I bought the book there and spoke with him breifly. It was very impressive to see a family talk openly about their struggles and path to education and hope. I can't imagine that happening even, ten years ago.

According to the book 2/3rds has a friend of family member in addiction or recovery. Yet it is still a disease that carries shame and stigma.

I learned a lot from the book and many things I did know were filled o
Karen Williams-Villanueva
Oct 18, 2009 Karen Williams-Villanueva rated it it was amazing
When your father is an esteemed and hugely popular celebrity journalist and you are brought up with the comforts millions of us were not privelged to enjoy, what could possibly turn your life into a personal decline of staggering proportions?

Broken tells the story of William Cope Moyers with brutal honesty. Riches, comfort and support are no match for the damaged interior of the human mind and the wrong turn made into the world of addiction.

Quite possibly the second most riveting book I have eve
Aug 03, 2011 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good story well told. Like other reviewers who wrote about how Moyers often seems to whine without taking full responsibility for his actions or without truly appreciating his privileged status, I also took note of his self-centered perspective and background. However, I read this book for what I could glean from it and not for what I could criticize. There's a lot of great stuff here! For anyone who might be interested, below I have listed eight basic categories of quotes that I feel ...more
Aug 09, 2011 Ryelor rated it liked it
This book was given to me by a friend. I'm glad I read it. The title says it all--a story of addiction and redemption. At times it felt a little repetitive, but I feel like Moyers does a wonderful job at painting a picture on how addiction works. It isn't a question of self-discipline or being lazy, it's an actual illness. You feel the ups and downs he goes through as he struggles to fight the illness. There are gems of wisdom and deep thoughts throughout the text, and when I finally put it down ...more
Nov 07, 2012 Martin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just finished "Broken" by William Cope Moyers. In a memoir that is at times gut-wrenching, and at others, heart-rendering, Moyers recounts his struggle with alcohol and drug addiction. Fame and privilege could not insulate him from addiction's grip, nor could it ensure his recovery. Although heavy on the contemporary disease model of addiction--and short on the redemptive love of Jesus, the book does offer encouragement and hope for those seeking a life of recovery.

Among Moyers' recurring themes
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