My Name Is Bill: Bill Wilson--His Life and the Creation of Alcoholics Anonymous

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Simon and Schuster, Aug 23, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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The definitive biography of Bill Wilson, the man who established Alcoholics Anonymous, and the first to be written with access to documents in that organization's archives, by a noted author who is herself a recovering alcoholic.

In this definitive and groundbreaking biography, acclaimed author Susan Cheever offers a remarkably human portrait of a man whose life and work both influenced and saved the lives of millions of people. Drawing from personal letters, diaries, AA archives, interviews—and Cheever's own experiences with alcoholism—My Name Is Bill is the first fully documented, deeply felt account of Bill Wilson and Alcoholics Anonymous.
 

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Contents

The Wilson House
3
East Dorset
9
3 The Wilson Family and the Griffith Family
16
Dorset Pond
22
The Griffith House
27
The State of Vermont
32
MarkWhalon
37
Mount Aeolus
44
The Oxford Group
127
Akron Ohio
133
Not Maximum
144
Stepping Stones
154
Trabuco College
168
29 Depression
177
Our Common Welfare Should Come First
184
Dr Robert Holbrook Smith
192

9 Burr and Burton
48
Bertha Bamford
54
Lois Burnham
58
New York City
64
13 New Bedford and the First Drink
72
Part Two Drinking
77
France
79
15 The Edison Test
86
Brooklyn
92
Motorcycle Hobos
96
Manchester Airport
102
Montreal
106
Towns Hospital
111
The Spook Room
201
33 St Louis Missouri
210
Marty Mann
216
The Family Afterward
233
Carl Jung
239
Miami
246
Afterword
253
Acknowledgments
259
The Twelve Steps and The Twelve Traditions
267
Bibliography
289
Index
295
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About the author (2005)

Susan Cheever is the bestselling author of thirteen previous books, including five novels and the memoirs Note Found in a Bottle and Home Before Dark. Her work has been nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and won the Boston Globe Winship Medal. She is a Guggenheim Fellow, a member of the Corporation of Yaddo, and a member of the Author's Guild Council. She teaches in the Bennington College M.F.A. program. She lives in New York City with her family.

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