Alcoholics Anonymous Comes of Age: a Brief History of AA

Here is an inside and wide-angled view of Alcoholics Anonymous, a movement unique in its spiritual impact and social influence. It is for all who are interested in knowing a brief history of AA and how it all started, how its program of recovery and principles of world service evolved, and by what means the society has grown and spread its message around the world. In addition, there is revealed here a wealth of anecdotes and incidents that illustrate the dramatic power of the basic program of Alcoholics Anonymous. Six decades have gone by since A.A.’s historic 1955 International Convention in St. Louis, when the founding members passed on to the entire Fellowship the responsibility for the Three Legacies of Recovery, Unity, and Service. This book takes A.A. members and interested friends on a quick tour of the Convention through Bill W.’s talks on that occasion, traces the history and development of those Three Legacies, and looks at A.A. through the eyes of some early nonalcoholics who influenced the history of the movement.

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