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Not God: A History of Alcoholics Anonymous

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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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Nicki
Jul 28, 2015 Nicki rated it really liked it
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
Bob
Jun 25, 2008 Bob rated it it was amazing
This book is an exhaustive and accurate history of Alcoholics Anonymous. It is written as a scholarly dissertation with about a million footnotes. Nonetheless, it is THE book for anyone in AA or interested in AA.
John Gray
Aug 13, 2011 John Gray rated it it was amazing
Without doubt, the best historical treatment of Alcoholics Anonymous. Beyond the narrative, Kurtz situates AA within the history of ideas that have shaped Western civilization. I highly recommend it to everyone.
Jim Higgins
Oct 12, 2015 Jim Higgins rated it really liked it
A thoroughly researched and informed history of the early years of AA, place it in the intellectual and religious context of its times.
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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
Donald Powell
Mar 01, 2014 Donald Powell rated it it was amazing
Lots of history about AA but also a very thoughtful dissertation on addiction, it's treatment and the psychology/sociology of a "spiritual" solution to the frailties of the human condition.
Jason Cecil
Nov 01, 2014 Jason Cecil rated it really liked it
This is a really good history of AA written as a dissertation. Once the author finishes the history, the 2nd part of the book is a bit dry. It could easily be skipped.
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Jun 07, 2013 Timothy Cruz rated it really liked it
I could not comprehend some of the initial writing/discussion, but the author started to bring everything together towards the middle of the book.
Chuck
Jul 24, 2011 Chuck rated it really liked it
A thoughtful look at A.A. The classic introduction to the movement with a respectful, insightful analysis of its impact on recovery.
Ruthanne
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must read again and great book to discuss with friends seeking greater knowledge of 'higher power'
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Interesting history of AA. Links to VT as both founders were from here.
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Apr 24, 2013 Axe rated it really liked it
History of the beginning of Alcoholics Anonymous. Very detailed
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I'm really hooked on reading stuff about AA right now.
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THE definitive history of A.A.
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