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ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: Works Publishing Company,
New York, $3.50
is an unusual book. It is the dramatic recital of the experience
of more than a hundred men and women in their fight against
alcoholism, their victory, and their desire and determination
to pass on to others the secret of their release. The group
who have contributed to this book began with two or three
alcoholics whose similar experiences drew them together.
"To show other alcoholics precisely how we have recovered
from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body,"
says the introduction, "is the main purpose of this
it be said at the outset that there is nothing sensational
in these stories, although they are filled with the drama
of conflict, failure and final release. These writers believe
that there is but one cure for the alcoholic. That is the
realization of his own inability to cope with his repeated
failures and the recognition of the reality of that Power
greater than himself, whom we call God, to drive out his
obsession. The head of one of the nation's great hospitals
for the treatment of alcoholism and drug addiction contributes
a statement to the introductory pages declaring that here
is the working out of the principles of a sound "moral
discussion of these principles is free of emotionalism.
It is neither sectarian nor partisan, for men and women
of all religions and of none, have contributed to the book
"In our personal stories," says one writer, "you
will find wide variation in the way in which each teller
approaches and conceives of the Power greater than himself.
One proposition, however, these men and women are strikingly
agreed. Every one of them has gained access to, and believes
in, a power greater than himself. This power has in each
case accomplished the miraculous, the humanly impossible."
movement has grown and spread without formal organization
and groups are widely scattered over the country. Its members,
mostly business and professional folk, go about their usual
work, their avocation being to help others through their
friendship and moral concern to find release.
ministers, social workers, psychiatrists, and all others
who are concerned with the rescue of those sick in mind
and body, from the possession of the liquor habit, this
book is a source of suggestion and inspiration.