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Not God: A History of Alcoholics Anonymous
by Ernest Kurtz (Goodreads Author)
The most complete history of A.A. ever written. Not God contains anecdotes and excerpts from the diaries, correspondence, and occasional memoirs of A.A.'s early figures. A fascinating, fast-moving, and authoritative account of the discovery and development of the program and fellowship that we know today as Alcoholics Anonymous.
Paperback, 456 pages
Published April 1st 1991 by Hazelden
(first published 1988)
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This authoritative and compelling book on the history of Alcoholics Anonymous was originally written as a dissertation for Ernest Kurtz' doctorate in history at Harvard University. This probably explains why I found Kurtz' writing style to be rather convoluted and was often frustrated by his run-on sentences. But the richly researched information and attention to detail was so compelling I did not give up. I highly recommend this book to any person who has been helped by any of the numerous 12 S ...more
I The Limitations of the Drinking Alcoholic
II The Limitations of the Sober Alcoholic
III Finding Wholeness in Limitation
IV Needing Others
V The Limitations of Alcoholics Anonymous
VI Alcoholics Anonymous and the Wholeness of Limitation