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The Origins of Alcoholics Anonymous [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Alexander
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Book Description

This 5,700 word article is designed as an introductory guide for newcomers to AA, or for anyone who is interested in the foundation of the Fellowship.

It starts with the early life of Bill Wilson, his marriage, work and addiction. It identifies the profound impact on Bill of Dr. Silkworth when he treated Bill in hospital; and the importance of Ebby Thacher when he taught Bill about the spiritual beliefs of the Oxford Group. The work continues with Bill fateful trip to Akron and his first meeting with Dr. Bob Smith.

In covers the early meetings in Akron, New York and Cleveland and the initial problems caused by AA’s rapid growth in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s.

Significant events in AA’s early days are addressed. These include the Rockefeller Dinner, the Jack Alexander article and AA's First International Convention in 1950. Also covered is Bill Wilson’s determination that AA should not fall into the same trap as the Washingtonians.

The work concludes with the historic events at the 1955 Convention, when underneath its newly adopted symbol, a circle enclosing a triangle, displayed on a banner above the podium, Bill Wilson and the other old-timers relinquished their twenty year stewardship of AA.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 172 KB
  • Print Length: 19 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EGSXVOE
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. 5 Feb. 2015
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Simple, but detailed, history of AA. Excellent.
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