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Dr. Bob and the Good Oldtimers: A Biography, with Recollections of Early A.A. in the Midwest

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Index. About the contribution that Dr. Bob Smith, the Ohio surgeon, made to A. A.
Hardcover, 373 pages
Published December 15th 1980 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services (first published 1980)
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Nov 11, 2012 Adam rated it it was ok
I am a member of AA and I read this book for my interest in the history of the program. The book contained several important nuggets of information, and it is worth reading, but unfortunately the book was very poorly compiled. The overall feel I obtained while reading this book was slight confusion sometimes mildly chaotic. There was no progressive flow of information.

Most of the chapters contain a large proportion of quotes taken from many early members of AA, but the way in which these quotes
Jul 24, 2011 Chuck rated it really liked it
Another AA history, but from the Akron-Dr. Bob side of the fellowship.
Dick Harding
May 24, 2015 Dick Harding rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this very much. It was simply told. I am amazed at the effort that both Dr Bob and Bill put into the program. They and their families gave everything they had both financially and physically to the success of AA. I am so grateful to them. What an example. I don't even come close to what they have done.
Heather Key
Aug 02, 2014 Heather Key rated it liked it
I think I got more from this book than I did from the AA big book. This is a really great history book and gives so much background on how people shape the groups of AA. I really enjoyed reading this and got so much more out of it than the big book. It was not as depressing.
Moira Russell
The narrative can be a little corny and disorganized, but it's a fascinating look at AA's beginnings. I have to say I do prefer Dr. Bob to Bill W. The only people I've known to read this are either addicts in early sobriety (their sponsors made them), or sociology students researching temperance movements. In late 2002 I was reading this book at a bus stop in Seattle. Guess which flavour I was.
Aug 26, 2014 Kevin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history-read
Incredible history of AA's founding and spread through Ohio. Historians interested in Ohio history as well as sociologists will be given an inside look into the development of one of the most unique and influential organizations of the last century.
Jun 12, 2012 Shannon rated it really liked it
Shelves: recovery
History of how AA came to life and helped so many thousands of people find their way out of the grip of alcoholism. Great historical story.
Jun 05, 2011 Felice rated it it was amazing
Took a while to get into it but now I want to read it again bc I fell in love w Robert Smith & his easy ways.
Jul 31, 2012 Librarymary rated it it was amazing
Loved reading about the background and personality of one of AA's co-founders.
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