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Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,654 Ratings  ·  169 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
Paperback, 372 pages
Published August 28th 2007 by Penguin Books (first published 2006)
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Pierced Librarian
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Nov 06, 2007 rated it it was ok
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
Jan 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
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
Oct 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 22, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 21, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
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.
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.
Good but I kind of lost interest & didn't finish it
Listened to most of this audio book in the car with my sister. I would not recommend this book.
Sep 07, 2009 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
Jan 28, 2011 rated it liked it
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.
Apr 03, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't finish this one - too nice and neat for my liking.
Jan Byrne
Dec 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
crazy to think a man of his importance got to the level....
Sep 28, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Nov 15, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 11, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book started out good, but then it started to drag. He is very repetitive in his story telling.
Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read my share of books on addiction and recovery and I found this book to be very insightful into better understanding the disease of addiction. Moyers spends a great deal of time detailing his progressive downward spiral into addiction and alcoholism. The details of his addiction and how it impacted his family was very difficult to read. However, though he relapses multiple times, he is one of the few authors I have read that best explains what led to his recovery and continued recovery. ...more
May 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Generally not a fan of the writing style. Took me months to read this. It was often repetitive and trite and at times I felt I was being preached to (related note- how does any non-religious person go through AA? Their language seems very alienating). There are some interesting bits on the psychology of addiction and sobriety and the book did effectively drive home the message that addiction is a disease and not just a bad habit of the weak-willed. If only other addicts had the same resources, s ...more
Bradley Hall
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
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May 09, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 21, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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
Jul 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Alyssa Garcia
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