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Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  1,148 ratings  ·  136 reviews
Unlike some popular memoirs that have fictionalized and romanticized the degradations of drug addiction, Broken is a true-life tale of recovery that stuns and inspires with virtually every page. The eldest son of journalist Bill Moyers, William Cope Moyers relates with unforgettable clarity the story of how a young man with every advantage found himself spiraling into a lo ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 28th 2007 by Penguin Books (first published 2006)
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Debby
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,
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Pierced Librarian
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.

Good:
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.

Drudge:
This is the Disney version of addiction. Cope had every opportunity handed to him and he always took the route
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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
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Nitya
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
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Lysa
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
Matthew Kading


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 heart....it'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.
Maureen
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.
Jan Byrne
crazy to think a man of his importance got to the level....
Karen Villanueva
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
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Mark
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
Ryelor
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
Abby Frucht
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
JoAnn/QuAppelle
Excellent and chilling book by Bill Moyers's son, who abused drugs and alcohol and was a full blown addict by the time he graduated from college. He often held responsible jobs in the journalism field and managed to hide his addiction from his family, his wife, friends, and co-workers for many years.

It took three relapses for him to get straight and clean and this did not happen until he was in his thirties, married with two children. He lost his first wife, his house, everything to crack. He wa
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Mikejencostanzo
This was one of the books on Mike's reading list for his "Addiction" counseling class. Not your typical text-book fare, rather, it's an autobiography told by someone who has been through addiction first-hand. The story begins with reminiscences of a perfect upbringing, then a few things go wrong. There is the first young exposure to drugs, a few more "harmless" tries, and then author and reader alike are thrown into the headlong frenzy of a cycle of addiction that continues for 300 gripping page ...more
Kathy Smith
I just finished reading “Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption” by William Cope Moyers (Bill Moyers’ son). I wanted to read it to gain some understanding of the addictions of some of my loved ones, and it spoke to me deeply, loudly and profoundly. His story is of a boy raised in a warm, loving family, even though his father was extremely famous and traveled extensively. He began smoking pot and drinking as a teenager, and eventually became addicted to cocaine, then crack. He was very fort ...more
kathi
Mar 05, 2009 kathi rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with an interest in addiction
Recommended to kathi by: I read about it on e-bay
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Anne
William Cope Moyers is the son of journalist Bill Moyers. He grew up believing that he was constantly in his father's shadow, and hoping for the day when he would be more famous, win more awards, and prove himself more worthy than his untouchable dad. But, instead of allowing the pressure to drive him to success, Moyers's unattainable goals resulted in perceived failure and lack of self-esteem. By college, he was binge drinking and using marijuana and cocaine on a daily basis. The first time he ...more
Barb
I really enjoyed this book as I am very interested in people's stories that revolve around addiction. I believe the moral of this story is that, for some people, until they surrender to their addiction, basicly give up on doing it on their own, they will continue to fail is giving up the addiction. No one can do it for them, no amount of pleading, threatening, etc., makes a person decide to go clean. Cope was awful to his loved ones; in a crack house when his wife is home with a child that is ve ...more
Debbie Deleeon
Such a great book about having "everything", but not what a person needs inside to stay clean and sober. A book about a guy who had a healthy family, things he wanted, but for whatever reason, wasn't happy inside. This book takes you through his life with drugs and alcohol and although he loses everything, sometimes twice, he's determined to get up and fight for his life. Very good read!
Kimberlie
A heart wrenching account of crack cocaine and alcohol addiction, recovery, relapse and recovery again (3Xs) by the son of famous journalist Bill Moyers.

"I hate you," Bill Moyers told his son, William, after picking him up from a crack house where William, a young father of three and a husband, went to smoke himself to death. "I hate me, too," he responded to his father.

The book is a griping account of William's 15-year spiral downward and the recovery community he found that saved his life and
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Cindy
This was a good book, not a great book. I fell Moyers spent too much time convincing readers that he was the "flawed" child in an otherwise perfect family. Please......Moyers or not there are no perfect families. No family is spared some type of dysfunction. I believe that is how must of us learn and grown as we mature. The last third of Moyers memoir was more engaging as we shifted more to the story at hand which is a mans journey from what seemed like a hopeless drug addiction to a place in li ...more
MsSmartiePants ...like the candy...
OOOOOOOO, what a story. This is the son of the famed Bill Moyers. This autobiography begins in his childhood and continues into his adult life to present. It is an honest, responsible, dark, sad, surprising story of growing up with an extremely famous father (I had no idea as to the extent!), wealthy, loved, smart, successful, and then falling into drug addiction so severe, it nearly killed him. Shocking, but true.
The book gives a small peak into a world most of us truly know nothing about. Des
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DJ
There were times during this story when I wanted to reach in and choke the person doing the things described in it.

Cope Moyers' journey isn't rare. He's just a run of the mill addict, self-centered, self-absorbed and pitying, hell-bent on destruction and arrogance. What I most like about this book is the way it brought out the insanity of addiction, and how pointless it really is. Addiction destroys everything good in one's life and saturates a person with evil, darkness, and feelings of remors
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Rob Brakeman
This guy dressed in a 3-piece suit whenever he frequented the crack houses in the city slums so observers would think him an attorney representing crack addicts. Meanwhile he was an addict who would spend 4-5 days at a clip there while his wife and kid were at home wondering where the hell he was. Brilliant story.
Corny
This remarkable memoir of addiction is different from many others because it presents real insight into the recovery process. Although no one, least of all the author, knows why he chose to sustain his recovery on the fourth try, Moyers does tell us what went on in his mind that was different from past attempts. This is invaluable help to addicts and relatives of addicts. The last 75 pages are particularly helpful in understanding why some addicts recover. The first two hundred pages are unbeara ...more
Kristen
Overall I enjoyed the book. The author gives a fairly honest look into relapse and recovery. At times I found that I had severe countertransference with the author, and I found myself thinking "you are sugar-coating" or "DENIAL". Most times the author actually is able to admit that he had his head in the clouds. I wish he spoke a little more about his maintained sobriety and more about that specific process. I feel like we know an awful lot about the crackhouses he went to and the people he used ...more
Ed
Overall, this book gives the reader a rare amazing insight into addiction and recovery it will be an eye opener and worth the read.

At first, I was fascinated with the journey (an amazingly crazy wild ride) of the author through his life of addiction, the middle 2 or 3 CD's started to trudge along thru the middle of the book and I almost stopped reading because it got sort of repetitive. But it did pick up a lot, and I finished the book last week, and became fascinating again and a great read, I
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Sara
Amazing read! Addiction is a serious topic and hits close to home for me. This book and William's insight as he tries to cope ... So much from this book stuck with me.
Barry Smith
This book has the best escription I have read of what it is like to be overtaken by addiction and to find yourself doing things you don't want do, things you just can't stop doing. Everyove who cares about an addicted person ought to read this.

This book also has the best description I have read of what it is like for those who love an addict to watch their loved one descend into the hell of addiction and how they are impacted by the lies, the deceit and the deterionation in values and behavior t
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Jennifer
Best parts of this book were the harshest: Bill Moyers son, a news reporter for top media outlets like CNN, is a crack, alcohol, and coke addict. The scenes of him living in crack dens, or leaving vials of crack in the DA's office during an interview, are intense. It's also interesting to read all the pressure he felt to be as famous as his father. Unfortunately, though, the book has a lot of AA and God speak in it, which was a little too preachy for my tastes. I guess I prefer the fucked up mem ...more
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